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On this day: August 24

POSTED: 11:33 PM Aug 22 2012   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Aug 24 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 - sacking of Rome
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A.D. 455: Rome is sacked by the Vandals, led by King Genseric. Pope Leo I requested Genseric not destroy the ancient city or murder its citizens. He agreed and the gates of Rome were opened. However, the Vandals looted a great amount of treasure and destroyed objects of cultural significance (hence the modern term vandalism). The event is pointed to by some historians as the "end of the Roman Empire."