History of 24 September
1915 – “The Lamb,” Douglas Fairbanks first film, was shown at the Knickerbocker Theater in New York City, NY.
1929 – The first all-instrument flight took place in New York when Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY2 Biplane over Mitchell Field.
1933 – “Roses and Drums” was heard on WABC in New York City. It was the first dramatic presentation for radio.
1934 – Babe Ruth played his last game as a New York Yankee player.
1938 – Don Budge became the first tennis player to win all four of the major titles when he won the U.S. Tennis Open. He had already won the Australian Open, the French Open and the British Open.
1955 – U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Denver, CO.
1957 – The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field.
1957 – U.S. President Eisenhower sent federal troops to Little Rock, AR, to enforce school integration.
1960 – The first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was launched. The USS Enterprise set out from Newport News, VA.
1961 – “The Bullwinkle Show” premiered in primetime on NBC-TV. The show was originally on ABC in the afternoon as “Rocky and His Friends.”
1963 – The U.S. Senate ratified a treaty that limited nuclear testing. The treaty was between the U.S., Britain, and the Soviet Union.
1968 – “60 Minutes” premiered on CBS-TV.
1968 – “The Mod Squad” premiered on ABC-TV.
1977 – “The Love Boat” debuted on ABC-TV. The theme song was sung by Jack Jones and was written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox.
1995 – Three decades of the Israeli occupation of West Bank cities ended with the signing of a pact by Israel and the PLO.
1996 – The United States, represented by President Clinton, and the world’s other major nuclear powers signed a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty to end all testing and development of nuclear weapons.
1998 – The U.S. Federal Reserve released into circulation $2 billion in new harder-to-counterfeit $20 bills.
2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush froze the assets of 27 suspected terrorists and terrorist groups.
2003 – Anthony Hopkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2005 – Hurricane Rita makes landfall in the United States, devastating portions of southwestern Louisiana and extreme southeastern Texas.
2007 – Between 30,000 and 100,000 people take part in anti-government protests in Yangon, Burma, the largest in 20 years.
2008 – Thabo Mbeki resigns as president of South Africa
2009 – The G20 summit begins in Pittsburgh with 30 global leaders in attendance.
2013 – A 7.7-magnitude earthquake strikes southern Pakistan, killing at least 327 people.
2014 – The Mars Orbiter Mission makes India the first Asian nation to reach Mars orbit, and the first nation in the world to do so in its first attempt.
2015 – At least 1,100 people are killed and another 934 wounded after a stampede during the Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
2019 – An impeachment inquiry is initiated by the United States House of Representatives against President Donald Trump.
Celebrating Birthday Today
- 1981 – Ryan Briscoe, Australian race car driver
- 1981 – Drew Gooden, American basketball player
- 1982 – Morgan Hamm, American gymnast
- 1982 – Paul Hamm, American gymnast
- 1982 – Jeff Karstens, American baseball player
- 1983 – Liam Finn, Australian-New Zealand singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1983 – Randy Foye, American basketball player
- 1983 – Ben Harris, Australian rugby league player
- 1984 – Taylor Eigsti, American pianist and composer
- 1984 – Senzo Meyiwa, South African footballer (d. 2014)
- 1985 – Eric Adjetey Anang, Ghanaian sculptor and carpenter
- 1985 – Eleanor Catton, Canadian-New Zealand author
- 1985 – Cameron Price, Australian news journalist
- 1985 – Jonathan Soriano, Spanish footballer
- 1987 – Matthew Connolly, English footballer
- 1987 – Gurhan Gürsoy, Turkish footballer
- 1988 – Karl Alzner, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1989 – Pia Wurtzbach, Filipina actress, model, and Miss Universe 2015 titleholder
- 1991 – Maximiliano Uggè, Italian footballer
- 1991 – Oriol Romeu, Spanish footballer
- 1993 – Ben Platt, American actor
- 1997 – Tosin Adarabioyo, English Footballer