August 24

This Day in History

1215

Pope Declares Magna Carta Invalid

On this day in 1215, Pope Innocent III declared the famous English charter the Magna Carta invalid, plunging England into civil war. Issued in 1215, the Magna Carta was written by the feudal barons … (more...)

455

The Vandals Sack Rome

On this day in the year 455, the Vandals sacked Rome. The term "vandalism," meaning an act of wanton destruction with no purpose, takes its name from this event. However, this is most likely a … (more...)

79

Vesuvius Erupts, Inhabitants Freeze in Time

On this day in the year 79, one of the most infamous natural disasters in history took place when Mount Vesuvius erupted in Italy, burying the inhabitants of nearby Pompeii, Stabiae, and Herculaneum … (more...)