On this day in 1994, 12 people died and 39 were injured when a Wide Bay Tour coach crashed in Brisbane.
On this day in 1994, 12 people died and 39 were injured when a Wide Bay Tour coach crashed in Brisbane.

Today in History: October 24

Highlights in history on this date:

1915: About 25,000 women march in New York City, demanding the right to vote.

1922: Irish parliament adopts a constitution for an Irish Free State.

1929: On Black Thursday, the New York Stock Exchange loses 12.8 per cent of its value in one day.

1931: US gangster boss Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in jail for tax evasion.

1935: Italy invades Ethiopia.

1939: Nazis force Jews to wear the Star of David in Germany.

1940: The 40-hour work week goes into effect in the US.

1945: The United Nations officially comes into existence as its charter takes effect.

1951: US President Harry Truman formally ends the state of war with Germany.

1956: On the second day of the Hungarian uprising against Stalinist rule, Soviet tanks appear on Budapest's streets and Imre Nagy is named prime minister.

1957: Death of Christian Dior, French fashion designer who created the New Look.

Christian Dior adjusts accessories on a model in 1954. The designer died on this day in 1957.
Christian Dior adjusts accessories on a model in 1954. The designer died on this day in 1957.

1962: The US blockade of Cuba during the missile crisis officially begins.

1963: Australia agrees to the purchase of 24 US F-111 jets for the RAAF.

1964: Northern Rhodesia becomes independent as the Republic of Zambia with Kenneth Kaunda as president.

1980: Australia's Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) begins full-time television transmissions.

1994: Twelve people are killed in a coach crash at Boondall, Brisbane.

1995: Sydney teenager Anna Wood dies in a coma induced by taking ecstasy at a dance club.

1996: At least 20 people are killed when a Taliban jet bombs villages north of Kabul.

1999: Argentina's centre-left Alliance ends 10 years of Peronist rule in presidential elections with president-elect Fernando de la Rua promising a "moral change".

2000: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak appeals to hawkish Opposition Leader Ariel Sharon to join a coalition government, further dashing hopes of reconciliation with the Palestinians.

2001: Two trucks crash head-on in a main tunnel through the Alps, igniting a fire and killing at least 10 people.

2002: Two suspects are arrested in the US after a spate of sniper attacks in the Washington DC area leave 10 people dead.

2004: About 50 US-trained Iraqi soldiers are massacred after insurgents waylay the three mini buses carrying the men home on leave.

2005: Rosa Parks, who galvanised the US civil rights movement by refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama half a century earlier, dies aged 92.

Rosa Parks, following her February 1956 arrest during the Montgomery bus boycotts. The civil rights pioneer passed away on this day in 2005.
Rosa Parks, following her February 1956 arrest during the Montgomery bus boycotts. The civil rights pioneer passed away on this day in 2005.

2007: China launches its first lunar probe - a leap forward in the Asian space race that gives a boost to national pride and the promise of scientific and military pay-offs.

2009: The strategically located hometown of Pakistan's Taliban chief is captured after fierce fighting, the first big prize in a major US-backed offensive along the Afghan border.

2010: A top British official says allegations of prisoner abuse and civilian killings in Iraq from a cache of leaked US secret military documents are extremely serious and must be investigated.

2011: In the first official results from Tunisia's landmark elections, an Islamist party takes half the seats reserved for Tunisians living abroad - a strong showing expected to be replicated at home in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

2012: The Queen extends Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce's five-year term by another six months to March 2014.

2013: Former senior Victorian firefighter Peter Brereton dies aged 60 when his light plane crashes on his way home after helping with the NSW bushfire effort.

Peter Brereton, who died in a light plane crash on this day in 2013.
Peter Brereton, who died in a light plane crash on this day in 2013.

2014: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says extra security is vital if Australia is to avoid a "copycat" attack on Parliament House following a terrorist attack on the Canadian parliament.

2015: The World Health Organisation warns that processed meats such as bacon pose a significant cancer risk.

2016: French authorities begin dismantling the notorious Calais Jungle after thousands of migrants fleeing war on their way to Britain built temporary homes in the makeshift camp a year earlier.

2017: A group of swimmers run from the water's edge on a New Zealand beach when a killer whale comes too close for comfort.

2018: Julia Gillard reveals her official prime ministerial portrait at Parliament House. Gillard says the head-and-shoulders painting style was chosen following endless commentary on women's appearances in public life.

Happy Birthday, Lincoln Lewis!
Happy Birthday, Lincoln Lewis!

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:

Malcolm Turnbull, former Australian prime minister (1954); Ben Gillies, Australian rock musician (Silverchair) (1979); Monica, US singer (1980); Marc Leishman, Australian golfer (1983); Wayne Rooney, English soccer player (1985); Lincoln Lewis, Australian actor (1987).

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

"Happiness is not a horse; you cannot harness it." - Russian proverb.


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