Random surfing led me to Tim Worstall, who had this idea:
I won’t limit myself to the numbers above. Let’s just see what’s interesting about August 24:
79 AD: Mount Vesuvius erupts.
1456: The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed.
1853: Potato chips are first prepared.
1891: Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera.
1944: World War II: French and Allied troops start the attack on Paris.
1968: France explodes its first hydrogen bomb, thus becoming the world’s fifth nuclear power.
1042: Michael V, Byzantine Emperor