August 24, 79AD – Vesuvius erupts

August 24, 79AD – Vesuvius erupts

Mount Vesuvius erupts near Pompeii in southern Italy. Although roughly half the citizens of Pompeii escaped toward the sea, more than 2,000 people were buried under seven feet of molten lava, ash, and pumice.

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August 24, 1572 – Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

August 24, 1572 – Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

King Charles IX of France, under the sway of his mother, Catherine de Medici, orders the assassination of Huguenot Protestant leaders in Paris, setting off an orgy of killing that results in the massacre of tens of thousands of Huguenots all across France.

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August 24, 1821 – Spain accepts Mexican independence

August 24, 1821 – Spain accepts Mexican independence

Eleven years after the outbreak of the Mexican War of Independence, Spanish Viceroy Juan de O’Donoj signs the Treaty of Cordoba, which approves a plan to make Mexico an independent constitutional monarchy.

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