On August 24:
79: Mount Vesuvius erputed.
1591 English poet Robert Herrick was baptised (Date of birth not known).
1875 Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swin the English Channel.
1878 Wellington’s steam-tram service opened.
1891 Thomas Edison patented the motion picture camera.
1899 Argentinean write Jorge Luis Borges was born.
1932 Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Atlantic, the first woman to do so.
1936 English noelist A.S. Byatt (Dame Antonia Susan Duffy) was born.
1947 Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho was born.
1957 English comedian and actor Stephen Fry was born.
Sourced from Wikipedia & NZ History Online.