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Today in History: Friday, October  24, 2014
AP Highlight in History: 
On Oct. 24, 1962, the U.S. blockade of Cuba during the missile crisis began under a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy.
On this date in:
1648 The Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years' War and, effectively, the Holy Roman Empire.
1861 The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent from California to President Abraham Lincoln.
1931 The George Washington Bridge connecting New York and New Jersey was dedicated.
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1940 The 40-hour work week went into effect in the United States.
1945 The United Nations charter took effect.
1952 Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower declared, "I shall go to Korea" as he promised to end the conflict.
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1992 The Toronto Blue Jays became the first team outside the United States to win a World Series as they defeated the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in Game 6.
2002 Authorities arrested Army veteran John Allen Muhammad and teenager Lee Boyd Malvo in connection with the Washington-area sniper attacks. (Malvo was later sentenced to life in prison; Muhammad was sentenced to death and executed.)
2003 The era of supersonic jet travel came to an end as three British Airways Concordes landed at London's Heathrow Airport.
2005 Civil rights activist Rosa Parks died at age 92.
2007 Facebook Inc. sold a 1.6 percent stake to Microsoft Corp. for $240 million, spurning a competing offer from Google Inc.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Kevin Kline turns 67 years old today.
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Name Profession Age
Y.A. Tittle Football Hall of Famer 88
Bill Wyman Rock musician (Rolling Stones) 78
F. Murray Abraham Actor ("Amadeus") 75
Kweisi Mfume Former NAACP president 66
Jeff Merkley U.S. senator, D-Ore. 58
Monica R&B singer, actress 34
Casey Wilson Actress, comedian ("Happy Endings") 34
Shenae Grimes Actress ("90210") 25
Actress B.D. Wong ("Law and Order: Special Victims Unit") turns 54 years old today.
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