On this day: October 24

Published On: Oct 23 2012 05:22:04 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 24 2014 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 - Black Thursday
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Museum of American Finance

1929: The "Black Thursday" stock market crash takes place, with the New York Stock Exchange losing 11 percent of its value at the opening bell on very heavy trading. The crash foreshadowed an even bigger decline the following week and the start of the Great Depression.

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