October 24 is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 68 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Thursday or Friday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Sunday (56).
+ 1861 – The first transcontinental telegraph line across the United States is completed.
+ 1911 – Orville Wright remains in the air nine minutes and 45 seconds in a Wright Glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
+ 1926 – Harry Houdini's last performance takes place at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit.
+ 1929 – "Black Thursday" stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange.
+ 1992 – The Toronto Blue Jays become the first Major League Baseball team based outside the United States to win the World Series.
+ 2005 – Hurricane Wilma makes landfall in Florida resulting in 35 direct 26 indirect fatalities and causing $20.6B USD in damage.
+ 1930 – The Big Bopper, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1959)
+ 1936 – Bill Wyman, English singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (The Rolling Stones and Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings)