On This Day in History September 24

September 24 – Events:

  • 1664 – The Netherlands surrenders New Amsterdam to England.
  • 1789 – The office of the Attorney General of the United States of America, and the United States Post Office Department are established.
  • 1841 – The Sultan of Brunei cedes Sarawak to Britain.
  • 1852 – The first airship is displayed.
  • 1869 – “Black Friday”: Gold prices plummet after Ulysses S. Grant orders the Treasury to sell large quantities of gold after Jay Gould and James Fisk plot to control the market.
  • 1877 – Battle of Shiroyama, decisive victory of the Imperial Japanese Army over the Satsuma Rebellion
  • 1890 – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially renounces polygamy.
  • 1903 – Edmund Barton steps down as Prime Minister of Australia and is succeeded by Alfred Deakin.
  • 1906 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devils Tower the nation’s first National Monument.
  • 1935 – Earl Bascom and Weldon Bascom produce the first rodeo ever held outdoors under electric lights at Columbia, Mississippi
  • 1946 – Cathay Pacific Airways is founded in Hong Kong
  • 1947 – Majestic 12 is allegedly established by secret executive order of President Harry Truman
  • 1948 – The Honda Motor Company is founded.
  • 1950 – Forest fires black out the sun over portions of Canada and New England. A Blue moon (in the astronomical sense) is seen as far away as Europe.
  • 1957 – Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe, is opened in Barcelona.
  • 1957 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends 101st Airborne Division troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce desegregation.
  • 1962 – United States court of appeals orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith.
  • 1973 – Guinea-Bissau declares its independence from Portugal.
  • 1988 – Summer Olympics: Ben Johnson beats Carl Lewis and Linford Christie in the 100 metres sprint in a record time of 9.79 seconds. (Johnson would later be disqualified in a high profile case of doping.)
  • 1990 – Periodic Great White Spot observed on Saturn
  • 1994 – National League for Democracy is formed by Aung San Suu Kyi and various others to help fight against dictatorship in Myanmar.
  • 1996 – U.S. President Bill Clinton signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at the United Nations.
  • 2005 – Hurricane Rita makes landfall in the United States, devastating Beaumont, Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana.

September 24 – Birthdays:

  • 15 – Vitellius, Roman Emperor (d. 69)
  • 1301 – Ralph Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford, English soldier (d. 1372)
  • 1501 – Gerolamo Cardano, Italian mathematician (d. 1576)
  • 1513 – Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg, Queen of Sweden (d. 1535)
  • 1534 – Guru Ram Das, fourth Sikh Guru (d. 1581)
  • 1564 – William Adams, British navigator (d. 1620)
  • 1583 – Albrecht von Wallenstein, Austrian general (d. 1634)
  • 1625 – Johan de Witt, Dutch politician (d. 1672)
  • 1705 – Leopold Josef Graf Daun, Austrian field marshal (d. 1766)
  • 1717 – Horace Walpole, British novelist and politician (d. 1797)
  • 1725 – Sir Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer (d. 1803)
  • 1739 – Grigori Alexandrovich Potemkin, Russian statesman (d. 1791)
  • 1755 – John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1835)
  • 1801 – Mikhail Vasilievich Ostrogradsky, Ukrainian scientist (d. 1862)
  • 1802 – Adolphe d’Archiac, French paleontologist and geologist (d. 1868)
  • 1817 – Ramón de Campoamor y Campoosorio, Spanish poet and philosopher (d. 1901)
  • 1829 – Charles S. West, Texas jurist and politician (d. 1885)
  • 1858 – Eugene Foss, 45 Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1939)
  • 1870 – Georges Claude, French chemist and inventor (d. 1960)
  • 1871 – Lottie Dod, English athlete (d. 1960)
  • 1878 – C. F. Ramuz, Swiss writer (d. 1947)
  • 1884 – Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (d. 1963)
  • 1884 – Hugo Schmeisser, German weapons designer (d. 1953)
  • 1890 – Mike González, baseball player (d. 1977)
  • 1890 – A. P. Herbert, British humorist, barrister, novelist (d. 1971)
  • 1892 – Adélard Godbout, premier of Québec (d. 1956)
  • 1894 – Tommy Armour, Anglo-American golfer (d. 1968)
  • 1895 – André Frédéric Cournand, French Nobel Laureate (d. 1988)
  • 1896 – F. Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist (d. 1940)
  • 1898 – Howard Walter Florey, Nobel Laureate (d. 1968)
  • 1899 – Sir William Dobell, Australian portrait artist (d. 1970)
  • 1900 – Ham Fisher, American cartoonist (d. 1955)
  • 1905 – Severo Ochoa, Nobel Laureate (d. 1993)
  • 1909 – Gerard Ciolek, Polish architect (d. 1966)
  • 1910 – Jean Servais, Belgian actor (d. 1976)
  • 1911 – Konstantin Chernenko, Soviet premier (d. 1985)
  • 1912 – Don Porter, American actor (d. 1997)
  • 1914 – Sir John Kerr, 18th Governor-General of Australia (d. 1991)
  • 1918 – Audra Lindley, American actress (d. 1997)
  • 1919 – Dayton Allen, American actor and comedian (d. 2004)
  • 1920 – Richard Bong, American ace fighter pilot and Medal of Honor winner (d. 1945)
  • 1921 – Jim McKay, American sports commentator
  • 1922 – Cornell MacNeil, American baritone
  • 1923 – Louis Edmonds, American actor (d. 2001)
  • 1923 – Fats Navarro, American jazz trumpet player (d. 1950)
  • 1924 – Nina Bocharova, Soviet gymnast
  • 1924 – Theresa Merritt, American actress (d. 1998)
  • 1924 – Sheila MacRae, singer & actress
  • 1925 – Autar Singh Paintal, Indian medical scientist (d. 2004)
  • 1927 – Alfredo Kraus, Spanish tenor (d. 1999)
  • 1929 – Edward M. Lawson, Canadian politician
  • 1930 – Józef Krupinski, Polish poet (d. 1998)
  • 1930 – Angelo Muscat, Maltese actor (d. 1977)
  • 1930 – John W. Young, American astronaut
  • 1931 – Anthony Newley, British actor and singer (d. 1999)
  • 1931 – Mike Parkes, British Formula One driver (d. 1977)
  • 1932 – Dominique Michel, French Canadian comedian
  • 1934 – Tommy Anderson, Scottish footballer
  • 1934 – John Brunner, British author (d. 1995)
  • 1934 – Manfred Wörner, German politician and diplomat (d. 1994)
  • 1935 – Sean McCann, Canadian actor
  • 1936 – Jim Henson, American puppeteer (d. 1990)
  • 1940 – Yves Navarre, French writer (d. 1994)
  • 1941 – Linda McCartney, American singer (d. 1998)
  • 1941 – John Mackey, National Football League player
  • 1942 – Ilkka “Danny” Lipsanen, Finnish singer
  • 1942 – Gerry Marsden, English singer (Gerry and the Pacemakers)
  • 1944 – Diana Körner, German actress
  • 1945 – Lou Dobbs, American journalist
  • 1946 – “Mean” Joe Greene, American football player
  • 1946 – Lars Emil Johansen, Prime Minister of Greenland
  • 1947 – Erik Hivju, Norwegian actor
  • 1948 – Heinz Chur, German composer
  • 1948 – Gordon Clapp, American actor
  • 1948 – Phil Hartman, Canadian actor (d. 1998)
  • 1950 – Alan Colmes, American talk show host
  • 1950 – Kristina Wayborn, Swedish actress
  • 1951 – Douglas Kmiec, American legal scholar
  • 1952 – Mark Sandman, American musician (d. 1999)
  • 1955 – Riccardo Illy, Italian politician
  • 1956 – Hubie Brooks, American baseball player
  • 1958 – Kevin Sorbo, American actor
  • 1959 – Steve Whitmire, American voice actor
  • 1961 – Allen Bestwick, Nascar broadcaster
  • 1961 – John Logan, American screenwriter
  • 1962 – Jack Dee, British comedian
  • 1962 – Mike Phelan, English former footballer
  • 1962 – Nia Vardalos, Canadian actress
  • 1964 – Rafael Palmeiro, Cuban-born baseball player
  • 1965 – Sean McNabb, American bassist (Quiet Riot, Great White, Rough Cutt, House of Lords)
  • 1966 – Stacy Galina, American actress
  • 1966 – Bernard Gilkey, Baseball player
  • 1966 – Michael J. Varhola, American author
  • 1969 – Shawn “Clown” Crahan, American musician (Slipknot)
  • 1969 – Donald DeGrate, Jr., American music producer
  • 1969 – Goya Toledo, Spanish actress and model
  • 1969 – Megan Ward, American actress
  • 1971 – Michael S. Engel, American paleontologist & entomologist
  • 1971 – Kevin Millar, American baseball player
  • 1971 – Peter Salisbury, English drummer (The Verve)
  • 1973 – Eddie George, American football player
  • 1974 – John McDonald, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Kyle Turley, former National Football League offensive lineman
  • 1976 – Carlos Almeida, Angolan basketball player
  • 1976 – Stephanie McMahon-Levesque, American professional wrestler
  • 1977 – Frank Fahrenhorst, German footballer
  • 1978 – Wietse van Alten, Dutch archer
  • 1978 – Tarek Saab, American TV show contestant
  • 1979 – Justin Bruening, American actor
  • 1979 – Fábio Aurélio, Brazilian footballer
  • 1979 – Katja Kassin, German pornographic actress
  • 1979 – Ross Mathews, American television personality and comedian
  • 1980 – Daniele Bennati, Italian professional road racing cyclist
  • 1980 – Dean Canto, Australian racing driver
  • 1980 – Sabrine Maui, Filipino pornstar
  • 1980 – Petri Pasanen, Finnish footballer
  • 1980 – John Arne Riise, Norwegian footballer
  • 1981 – Drew Gooden, National Basketball Association player
  • 1981 – Ryan Briscoe, Australian racing driver
  • 1982 – Morgan Hamm, American gymnast
  • 1982 – Paul Hamm, American gymnast
  • 1982 – Jeff Karstens, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Randy Foye, American basketball player
  • 1984 – Szilvia Molnar, Swedish writer
  • 1986 – Leah Dizon, model, singer and Japanese television
  • 1987 – Spencer Treat Clark, American actor
  • 1987 – Matthew Connolly, English footballer
  • 1988 – Karl Alzner, Canadian hockey player
  • 1988 – Kyle Sullivan, American actor
  • 1988 – Lisa Wang, American gymnast

September 24 – Deaths:

  • 366 – Pope Liberius
  • 768 – Pippin the Short, King of the Franks (b. 714)
  • 1054 – Hermannus Contractus, scholar (b. 1013)
  • 1118 – Robert of Knaresborough, hermit (b. 1160)
  • 1120 – Welf II, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1072)
  • 1143 – Agnes of Germany, daughter of Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1072)
  • 1143 – Pope Innocent II
  • 1180 – Manuel I Comnenus, Greek Byzantine Emperor (b. 1118)
  • 1213 – Gertrude of Merania, wife of Andrew II of Hungary (murdered) (b. 1185)
  • 1275 – Humphrey de Bohun, 2nd Earl of Hereford, Constable of England (b. 1208)
  • 1435 – Isabeau of Bavaria, wife of Charles VI of France (bc. 1370)
  • 1494 – Poliziano, Italian humanist (b. 1454)
  • 1541 – Paracelsus, Swiss alchemist (b. 1493)
  • 1545 – Albert of Mainz, archbishop and elector of Mainz (b. 1490)
  • 1605 – Manuel Mendes, Portuguese composer (bc. 1547)
  • 1621 – Jan Karol Chodkiewicz, Polish military commander (b. 1560)
  • 1646 – Duarte Lobo, Portuguese composer (bc. 1565)
  • 1707 – Vincenzo da Filicaja, Italian poet (b. 1642)
  • 1732 – Emperor Reigen of Japan (b. 1654)
  • 1742 – Johann Matthias Hase, German scientist (b. 1684)
  • 1802 – Alexander Radishchev, Russian writer (b. 1749)
  • 1834 – Pedro I of Brazil, Emperor of Brazil (b. 1798)
  • 1896 – Louis De Geer, 1st Swedish Prime Minister (b. 1818)
  • 1904 – Niels Ryberg Finsen, Danish physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1860)
  • 1930 – William A. MacCorkle, Governor of West Virginia (b. 1857)
  • 1933 – Mike Donlin, baseball player (b. 1878)
  • 1933 – Alice Muriel Williamson, British novelist (b. 1869)
  • 1938 – Lev Schnirelmann, Russian mathematician (b. 1900)
  • 1939 – Carl Laemmle, German film producer (b. 1867)
  • 1945 – Hans Geiger, German physicist (b. 1882)
  • 1948 – Warren William, American actor (b. 1894)
  • 1954 – Edward Pilgrim, British suicide hastened by bureaucracy (b. 1904)
  • 1962 – Charles Reisner, American silent actor and film director (b. 1887)
  • 1975 – Earle Cabell, Texas politician (b. 1906)
  • 1978 – Hasso von Manteuffel, German army general and politician (b. 1897)
  • 1981 – Patsy Kelly, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 1982 – Sarah Churchill, British actress (b. 1914)
  • 1984 – Neil Hamilton, American actor (b. 1899)
  • 1991 – Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, American children’s writer (b. 1904)
  • 1991 – Peter Bellamy, folk singer (b. 1944)
  • 1993 – Bruno Pontecorvo, Italian physicist (b. 1913)
  • 1993 – Ian Stuart Donaldson, British musician (b. 1957)
  • 2002 – Youssouf Togoïmi, Chadian rebel (b. 1953)
  • 2002 – Mike Webster, National Football League player (b. 1952)
  • 2003 – Rosalie Allen, American singer and disc jockey (b. 1924)
  • 2003 – Lyle Bettger, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 2004 – Françoise Sagan, French writer (b. 1935)
  • 2005 – Tommy Bond, American actor (b. 1926)

September 24 – Holidays:

  • Guinea-Bissau – Independence Day (declared, from Portugal, 1973).
  • New Caledonia – Territorial Day.
  • England – Our Lady of Walsingham.
  • South Africa – Heritage Day.
  • Barcelona, Spain – La Mercè the festival for Barcelona’s patron saint.
  • Trinidad and Tobago – Republic Day (1976).
  • French Republican Calendar – Châtaigne (Chestnut) Day, third day in the Month of Vendémiaire.
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