October 24

This Day in History

1901

Woman Becomes First to Descend Niagara Falls

On this day in 1901, on her 63rd birthday, Annie Edson Taylor, an American schoolteacher and adventurer, became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls. One of eight children born … (more...)

1857

World’s First Football Club Founded

This day marks the anniversary of the founding of Sheffield Football Club, recognised by FIFA, world football’s governing body, as the world’s oldest association football club. The club was fou … (more...)

1648

Peace of Westphalia

The Treaty of Westphalia is signed, ending the Thirty Years War and radically shifting the balance of power in Europe. The Thirty Years War, a series of wars fought by various European nations for … (more...)