October 24, 2009
On October 24:
1260 Chartres Cathedral was dedicated.
1857 Sheffield F.C., the world’s first football club, was founded.
1861 The First Transcontinental Telegraph line across the United States was completed, spelling the end for the 18-month-old Pony Express.
Wood engraving depiction of the construction of the first Transcontinental Telegraph, with a Pony Express rider passing.
1882 English actress Dame Sybil Thorndike was born.
1892 Goodison Park, the world’s first association football specific stadium was opened.
1901 – Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
1913 Union members and non-unionised workers clashed on Wellington wharves.
1919 South Island explorer Donald Sutherland died.
1929 “Black Thursday” stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange.
Crowd gathering on Wall Street after the 1929 crash
1973 Jeff Wilson
, New Zealand rugby player and cricketer, was born.
1980 The Polish government legalised Solidarity
made its last commercial flight.
2008 “Bloody Friday
” on which many of the world’s stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.
June 30, 2009
On June 30:
1859 French acrobat Charles Blondin crossed Niagra Falls on a tightrope.
Blondin carrying his manager, Harry Colcord, on a tightrope
1934 Adolf Hitler’s violent purge, the Night of the Long Knives, took place.
1939 The first edition of the New Zealand Listener was published.
1980 Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was elected the first woman president of Iceland.