August 24, 1572: 70,000 French Protestants, or Huguenots, were killed in the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre.
Dec 31, 1969
August 24, 1991: Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the general secretary of the Communist Party after a failed coup attempt against him.
August 24, 79: Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
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