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On this day: October 24

Published On: Oct 23 2012 05:22:04 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 24 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The first transcontinental telegraph message is sent, Harry Houdini gives his last performance, the United Nations is born, Jackie Robinson dies, and the Concorde makes its last commercial flight, all on this day.

OTD October 24 - Deep Space 1 launch
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1998: The Deep Space 1 spacecraft is launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The probe would carry out flybys of asteroid 9969 Braille and Comet Borrelly, returning valuable science data and images, before its engines were shut down on Dec. 18, 2001.

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