Thursday, Oct. 24, is the 297th day of 2013. There are 68 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle is 87. Rock musician Bill Wyman is 77. Actor F. Murray Abraham is 74. Director David S. Ward is 68. Actor Kevin Kline is 66. Former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume is 65. Actor B.D. Wong is 53. R&B singer-rapper Drake is 27.
In 1537, Jane Seymour, the third wife of England’s King Henry VIII, died 12 days after giving birth to Prince Edward, later King Edward VI.
In 1648, the Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years War.
In 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent by Chief Justice Stephen J. Field of California from San Francisco to President Lincoln in Washington, D.C., over a line built by the Western Union Telegraph Co.
In 1945, the United Nations officially came into existence as its charter took effect.
In 1962, a naval quarantine of Cuba ordered by President Kennedy went into effect.
In 1972, Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who’d broken Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947, died in Stamford, Conn., at age 53.
In 2002, authorities arrested Army veteran John Allen Muhammad and teenager Lee Boyd Malvo near Myersville, Md., in connection with the Washington-area sniper attacks.
In 2012, Hurricane Sandy roared across Jamaica and toward Cuba, before taking aim on the eastern United States.