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5 Things You Need to Know Today: Oct. 24

Here's everything you need to know today.

"Five Things You Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance.

1. The National Weather Service is calling for a mostly sunny day today, with a high of 63. There is a 40-percent chance of showers tonight.

2. The Thoreau School Advisory Committee is meeting today at 6:30 p.m.; Community Preservation Committee is meeting at 7:30 p.m.

3. The Rotary Club of Concord is hosting the today at 11 a.m. at the .

4. There is a tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Concord Scout House.

5. There is not a whole lot more to becoming famous these days than simply acting famous. People will do anything, it seems, for a million bucks or a spot on a reality TV show. While being famous for the sake of being famous seems like a new concept, people have always been willing to make a spectacle of themselves — or risk bodily harm — for their moment in the sun. On Oct. 24, 1901, 63-year-old Annie Edson Taylor, strapped for money and looking for fame, became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Taylor survived, but not make a fortune or become famous from her feat.

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