24th August

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1993 Michael Jackson is accused of child abuse Los Angeles police investigate accusastions of child abuse by Michael Jackson.
1993 NASA's Mars Observer goes missing NASA has lost contact with the Mars Observer, which cost more than $1 billion and was due to start orbiting Mars today.
1991 Ukraine declares independence The parliament in Ukraine declares itself independent of the Soviet Union.
1990 Brian Keenan released Lebanon hostage Brian Keenan is released by Hezbollah
1986 Bob Geldorf marries Paula Yates Bob Geldorf marries Paula Yates.
1981 Mark Chapman sentenced to 20 years Mark Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life for the murder of John Lennon.
1928 Amelia Earhart flies across the United States Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the United States, flying from Los Angeles to Newark in 19 hours.
1875 Mathew Webb swims the English Channel Captain Mathew Webb becomes the first man to swim the English Channel, completing the crossing in 21 hours 45 minutes.
79 Mount Vesuvius erupts Mount Vesuvius burying the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing about 20,000 people.
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