This Badass Day in History: October 24
In the name of the most awesome and individual Man Cave Daily: Be it known to all, and everyone whom it may concern, or to whom in any manner it has affected—i.e., everyone—that for many years past, October 24 was and remains…
Chartres Cathedral is dedicated in 1260, which is a big deal because it would later make an appearance in Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings as the wonder for the Franks.
Dead to Righteous
Sultan Saif ad-Din Qutuz of Egypt, hero of the spectacular Battle of Ain Jalut, is assassinated in 1260 while returning home to Cairo. He died one of the most popular sultans who ever lived and one of the few people in history to decisively defeat the Mongols on the battlefield.
End of Part I
The Treaty of Brétigny is ratified in 1360, ending the first period of the Hundred Years’ War. The war would eventually continue for another 93 years.
War and Peaces
The treaties of Osnabrück and Münster, better known as the Peace of Westphalia, are signed, ending the Thirty Years’ War and the Eighty Years’ War. Pope Innocent X described the treaty as “null, void, invalid, iniquitous, unjust, damnable, reprobate, inane, empty of meaning and effect for all time.”
Sheffield F.C., “the world’s first football club,” is founded in 1857 at Sheffield, England.
Exit Stage Left
Harry Houdini performs his last performance at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan in 1926. Sucker-punched (and suffering appendicitis), he dies a few days later on Halloween.
“Thar she blows [up]”
The Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku and battleship Musashi are sunk during the epic Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944.
Unite the Clans
The Charter of the United Nations, signed on June 26, 1945, took effect on October 24 that year. The day would later be recognized by the UN General Assembly and around the world as United Nations Day.
Unbelievable, October 24. After reading what you accomplished in one day, we feel less guilty about spending half of ours on the Internet.