Just one of those numbers

Have you ever had one of those days when everything that can go wrong does? In Fox's new drama "24," Kiefer Sutherland's character, Jack Bauer, tries to survive 24 demanding hours, to put it mildly. Each episode of the show is an hour of real time, so it takes a season of 24 shows to complete one day. Here are some other significant 24s to get you geared up for this high-paced, action-filled, season-long day.


1. "Say Hey Kid" and Baseball Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays' number (also his number of All-Star Game appearances)
2. Football Hall-of-Famer and Baltimore Colts running back Lenny Moore's number
3. Number of cans in a case of beer
4. Baltimore's UPN TV affiliate (the new home to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
5. The number at which Missouri entered into the Union
6. President Grover Cleveland's ranking (as well as 22)
7. The age of Kiefer Sutherland when he starred in "Flatliners" and "Young Guns II"
8. Number of hours in Le Mans Grand Prix d'Endurance auto race.


9. Walt Disney created his first cartoon, "Alice's Wonderland."
10. IBM was founded.
11. The Washington Senators won the World Series against the New York Giants.
12. The First Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was held.

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13. Singer Elvis Costello ("Watching the Detectives," "Veronica") legally changed his name from Declan Patrick McManus.
14. Actor Charlie Chaplin ("The Great Dictator," "The Gold Rush") died in Switzerland on Christmas Day, 1977.
15. The King, Elvis Presley, supposedly died on Aug. 16, 1977 at Graceland.
16. "Seinfeld" alumnus Jason Alexander graduated from Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J.
17. Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer, Inc. with Steve Wozniak.


18. "Pecker"'s Edward Furlong (born Aug. 2, 1977 in Pasadena, Calif.)
19. "Dawson's Creek"'s James Van Der Beek (born March 8, 1977 in Cheshire, Conn.)
20. Steven Tyler offspring and "Lord of the Rings" actress Liv Tyler (born July 1, 1977 in Portland, Maine)
21. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Sarah Michelle Gellar (born April 14, 1977 in New York, N.Y.)
22. "Criminal" singer Fiona Apple (born Sept. 13, 1977 in New York, N.Y.)
23. "Ride with the Devil" actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (born July 27, 1977 in Cork, Ireland)

One more 24 ...

24. The Fairchild F-24 was the plane of choice for actors such as Tyrone Power, Mary Pickford and Jimmy Stewart for personal travel. In World War II, the Army used the plane as a light utility transport.