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On this day: August 24

POSTED: 08:33 PM PDT Aug 22, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 23, 2012 

The White House burns, potato chips are invented, John Lennon's assassin goes to prison, and Pete Rose agrees to a ban from baseball, all on this day.

OTD August 24 - Charles Darwin
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1831: Charles Darwin is asked to travel on HMS Beagle. His observations and collections of specimens on the nearly five-year voyage would spur his theory of evolution via natural selection.

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