Historical Events In August - 24
Friday, 14 May 2021
1995 On this day in history microsoft holds a party for 2,000 industry dignitaries on its Redmond, WA campus, as it introduces the Windows 95 personal computer operating system to the world. (Our webmaster was one of those who attended the event, along with Bill Gates and Jay Leno.)
1995 On this day in history erich Geiringer, general Practitioner campaigner, dies at 78
1996 On this day in history ahmed Bahauddin, journalist, dies at 69
1997 On this day in history phillip Humphrey Vellacott, classicist, dies at 90
2005 Hong Kong High Court Judge Michael Hartmann rules that sodomy laws were unconstitutional on August - 24.
2006 The International Astronomical Union defines 'planet' at its 26th General Assembly, demoting Pluto to the status of 'dwarf planet' more than 70 years after its discovery on August - 24.
2007 The 2007 World Championships in Athletics was held at Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan on August - 24.
2012 Monsoon rains and floods kill 26 people in Pakistan on this day in history.
2013 4 people are killed in a helicopter crash in the Shetland Islands on August - 24.
2014 On this day in history nurse William Pooley flies back to the UK for emergency treatment after contracting Ebola virus after attempting to treat patients in Sierra Leone
2017 On August - 24 largest-ever lottery jackpot win in the US - $758.7m won by Mavis Wanczyk of Massachusetts in US Powerball Jackpot
2018 Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler sends cease-and-desist letter to President Trump demanding he stop using the band's songs at rallies on this day in history.
2018 Scott Morrison becomes Prime Minister of Australia after defeating Peter Dutton in a leadership spill, replacing Malcolm Turnbull on August - 24.
2018 On August - 24 french Open Tennis bans Serena Williams ' black Nike catsuit from future tournaments citing 'respect for the game and the place'
2018 On August - 24 scott Morrison succeeds Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister of Australia following a Liberal Party leadership ballot.
2019 On August - 24 brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro orders the army to help contain fires in the Amazon after widespread environmental destruction, wildlife loss and international criticism