Friday, the 24th of October, 2014 is the 297th day in 2014 and in the 43rd calendar week.

General Events:

United Nations Day
October 24, 2014 in the World

United Nations Day is observed on October 24, 2014. In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly declared 24 October, the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, as which “shall be devoted to making known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations and to gaining their support for” its work.

In 1971 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a further resolution declaring that United Nations Day shall be an international holiday and recommended that it should be observed as a public holiday by all United Nations member states.

United Nations Day is devoted to making known to peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization. United Nations Day is part of United Nations Week, which runs from 20 to 26 October.

United Nations Day: http://www.un.org/en/events/unday/

Where is United Nations Day?
Worldwide

World Development Information Day
October 24, 2014 in the World

World Development Information Day is observed on October 24, 2014. In 1972, the United Nations General Assembly decided to institute a World Development Information Day coinciding with United Nations Day on 24 October. The General Assembly had the object of drawing the attention of world public-opinion each year to development problems and the necessity of strengthening international co-operation to solve them.

In recent years many events have interpreted the title of the day slightly differently. These have concentrated on the role that modern information-technologies, such as the Internet and mobile telephones can play in alerting people and finding solutions to problems of trade and development. One of the specific aims of World Development Information Day was to inform and motivate young people and this change may help to further this aim.

Where is World Development Information Day?
Worldwide

Wear It Pink Day
October 24, 2014 in the United Kingdom

wear it pink is a UK-wide fundraising initiative organised by Breast Cancer Campaign. Held annually in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, supporters wear an item of pink and in return donate £2 each. The money raised funds around 100 projects, specifically breast cancer research throughout the UK and Ireland. This awareness emphasizes the need for improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure.

wear it pink is the UK’s original and biggest pink day during October. Set up in 2002 by Campaign to help fundraise for breast cancer research, since its beginning, the fundraising initiative has raised over £23 million for breast cancer research. Anyone can take part and it is popular with office workers, schools and community clubs. The 2011 Wear it Pink event raised £2.2 million for cancer research

Where is Wear It Pink Day?
Nationwide United Kingdom

Food Day
October 24, 2014 in the USA

Food Day in the United States is celebrated annually on October 24 and oftentimes throughout the month. The holiday was initially started in 1975 by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in an attempt to create an event similar to Earth Day. Food Day in the U.S. was created to raise awareness about the increasing industrialization of American agriculture, raising food prices, hunger, and the American diet and health crisis. Food Day in the U.S. only lasted until 1977, until 2011, when CSPI revived the National Food Day campaign. The Food Day initiative is now run by Food Day.org within CSPI.

Food Day is still working to raise awareness surrounding food issues in the U.S. such as nutrition education, sustainable agriculture, hunger, farm animal welfare, and farm and food service worker rights. Food Day in the U.S. is typically celebrated by nationwide and local events to educate people about the food system and/or to gain support for policies that event hosts deem to be improvements for the current food system, such as improved nutrition labels, funding for SNAP, and decreased use of antibiotics in food-producing animals typically in factory farms.

Where is Food Day?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events on 24th October:

1260 – The spectacular Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France; the cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

1648 – Treaty of Westphalia ends The Thirty Year’s War in the Holy Roman Empire
1648 – Switzerland’s independence recognized in the Treaty of Westphalia

1795 – 3rd partition of Poland, between Austria, Prussia & Russia

1836 – A Phillips patents match

1882 – Robert Koch discovers germ that causes tuberculosis

1901 – 1st woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor)

1922 – Irish Parliament adopts a constitution for an Irish Free State

1929 – “Black Thursday”, start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%

1931 – Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion

1935 – Italy invades Ethiopia [10/2]

1938 – US forbids child labor in factories

1939 – Nylon stockings go on sale for 1st time (Wilmington Delaware)

1945 – UN charter comes into effect

1946 – A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket takes the first photograph of earth from outer space.

1956 – Soviet troops invade Hungary, Imre Nagy becomes PM of Hungary

1962 – Cuban missile crisis: US blockade of Cuba begins

1964 – Zambia (N Rhodesia) gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1973 – Yom Kippur War ends, Israel 65 miles from Cairo, 26 from Damascus