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On This Day in History - 24th October


1882Dame Sybil Thorndike, English actress
1915Tito Gobbi, Renowned Italian baritone
1923Sir Robin Day, Political interviewer and commentator
1930The Big Bopper, American singer/songwriter who died in a plane crash
1936Bill Wyman, Bassist member of the 'Rolling Stones' Pop group
1940Barry Davies, BBC sports commentator
1948Phil Bennett, Former Wales and British Lions rugby 'fly-half'
1974The Earl of Ulster, Son of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester


1857The very first football club was formed in Sheffield, by a group of Cambridge University 'Old Boys'
1922George Cadbury, the English chocolate manufacturer, died aged 83
1945The United Nations Organisation formally came into being
1961Malta was granted independence from Britain
1964Northern Rhodesia became the Republic of Zambia
1976British racing driver James Hunt won the Japanese Grand Prix and secured the world championship
1982Alberto Salazar won the New York marathon for the third consecutive year