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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 - Beltway snipers
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2002: Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo at a rest stop near Myersville, Md., ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, D.C., that left 10 dead and three more critically injured over a three-week period. In March 2004, Muhammad would be sentenced to death. Malvo would ultimately receive a total of eight life sentences without the possibility of parole for his role in the shootings. On Nov. 10, 2009, Muhammad was executed by lethal injection.

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