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Almanac

By The Associated Press

Today in History

Today is Saturday, Oct. 24, the 298th day of 2020. There are 68 days left in the year.

Todayís Highlight in History:

On Oct. 24, 1972, Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, whoíd broken Major League Baseballís modern-era color barrier in 1947, died in Stamford, Connecticut, at age 53.

On this date:

In 1537, Jane Seymour, the third wife of Englandís King Henry VIII, died 12 days after giving birth to Prince Edward, later King Edward VI.

In 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent by Chief Justice Stephen J. Field of California from San Francisco to President Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C., over a line built by the Western Union Telegraph Co.

In 1931, the George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, was officially dedicated (it opened to traffic the next day).

In 1940, the 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

In 1945, the United Nations officially came into existence as its charter took effect.

In 1952, Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower declared in Detroit, ìI shall go to Koreaî as he promised to end the conflict. (He made the visit over a month later.)

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