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August 24 Events and Birthdays

Birthdays:
1912 Durward Kirby, tv host (co-hosted the original Candid Camera with Alan Funt)
1958 Steve Guttenberg, actor (Three Men and a Baby, Cocoon, Police Academy)
1949 Joe Regalbuto, actor (Murphy Brown)
1960 Cal Ripken, Jr. (Baltimore Orioles shortstop who played in 2,632 consecutive games, breaking the record set by Lou Gehrig of 2,130 games)
1965 Marlee Matlin, actress (Children of a Lesser God, The West Wing)
1973 David Chappelle, actor and comedian (Chappelle's Show)
1981 Chad Michael Murray, actor (One Tree Hill, Freaky Friday)

Events:
79 AD Mt Vesuvius erupts, burning Pompeii & Herculaneum
1787 Wolfgang A Mozart completes his viola sonata in A, K526
1831 Charles Darwin is invited by John Henslow to travel with him on HMS Beagle
1847 Charlotte Bronte finishes the manuscript of Jane Eyre
1853 First potato chips prepared by Chef George Crum (Saratoga Springs NY) --YAY!
1891 Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera
1909 Construction of the Panama Canal begins
1919 Cleveland pitcher Ray Caldwell is flattened by a bolt of lightning (who says baseball isn't dangerous)
1949 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) goes into effect
1989 Pete Rose is suspended from baseball for life for gambling

Fun Holidays:
National Peach Pie Day, Strange Music Day, Can Opener Day, Knife Day

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