24 August It Happened Today
79 Mount Vesuvius erupts, destroying Pompeii.
1572 Beginning of the St Bartholomew’s Day massacre in France.
1759 Birth of the English anti slavery campaigner William Wilberforce.
1814 British forces set fire to the White House in Washington.
1872 Birth of English writer Sir Max Beerbohm.
1981 Mark Chapman is sentenced to twenty years to life for killing John Lennon.