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August 24: This Day That Year

August 24

- 1608 - 1st English convoy lands at Surat, India.

- 1891 - Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera.

- 1911 - Portugal: Manuel d'Arriaga becomes first president.

- 1933 - Birthday: Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority (1994-2004) and 1994 Nobel peace prize winner, born in Cairo, Egypt (died Nov 11, 2004, age 75).

- 1966 - USSR launches Luna 11 to orbit around Moon.

- 1981 - Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life for John Lennon's (Beatles) murder.

- 1990 - Kuwait: Iraqi troops surround US & other embassies in Kuwait City.

- 1991 - Ukraine declares independence from USSR.

- 1995 - Microsoft launched Windows 95.

- 2011 - Tim Cook succeeds Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple Inc.

- 2012 - USA: Jury in California finds Samsung guilty of patent infringement and awards over US$1 billion in damages to Apple.

- 2012 - South Korea: Both Apple and Samsung found guilty of patent infringement in a South Korean court.

- 2015 - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces that 1 billion people logged into Facebook for the 1st time.

- 2016 - Astronomers announce discovery of an earth-like planet named Proxima B orbiting star Proxima Centauri.

- 2016 - Italy: 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy, north east of Rome, killing about 268, injuring 400 people.

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