ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: AUGUST 24


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Palestinian leader
born
August 24, 1929?
Cairo?, Egypt
died
November 11, 2004
Paris, France

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1973
Dave Chappelle
American comedian and actor
1957
Stephen Fry
British actor, writer, and director
1955
Mike Huckabee
American politician
1947
Paulo Coelho
Brazilian author
1945
Vince McMahon
American businessman

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The Taking of the City of Washington in America, wood engraving by G. Thompson, 1814. The work depicts the night of August 24, 1814, when British troops marched into Washington, D.C., and set fire to federal buildings, including the Capitol and the Executive Mansion (now known as the White House).
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James Napper Tandy, engraving by James Heath, 1815, from an earlier drawing by James Petrie.
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Dubois, François: The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day
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