On This Day in History for September 24

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 143

  • 312 Start of Imperial Indication
  • 366 Liberius ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 673 Synod of Hertford opens; canons made for English Church
  • 787 2nd Council of Nicaea (7th ecumenical council) opens in Asia Minor
  • 1180 Manuel I Komnenos, last Emperor of the Komnenian restoration dies. The Byzantine Empire slips into terminal decline.

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1493 Columbus' 2nd expedition to New World

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus

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1529 Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his Ottoman troops arrive in Vienna, beginning of the seige

Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
Ottoman Sultan
Suleiman the Magnificent
  • 1537 Uprising in Lubeck fails
  • 1625 Dutch attack San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1629 Jacques Specx appointed governor-general of Dutch-Indies
  • 1657 First autopsy & coroner's jury verdict is recorded in Maryland
  • 1664 Dutch Fort Orange (New Netherland) in present day Albany NY surrenders to the English

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1683 King Louis XIV expels all Jews from French possessions in America

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • 1688 France declares war on Germany
  • 1706 Treaty of Altranstädt: Charles XII of Sweden & August II of Saksen
  • 1742 Faneuil Hall, Boston, opens to public
  • 1776 First St Leger horesrace held at Doncaster
  • 1786 African American slave and poet Jupiter Hammon makes his "Address to the Negroes of the State of New York" speech advocating emancipation at meeting of African Society in NY
  • 1789 US Congress establishes Post Office Department following the new constitution
  • 1789 US Federal Judiciary Act is passed & creates a six-person Supreme Court

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1789 President George Washington nominates John Jay the 1st Chief Justice

Ist US Chief Justice John Jay
Ist US Chief Justice
John Jay
  • 1789 US Attorney General Office is created
  • 1829 Russia & Ottoman Empire sign Peace Treaty of Adrianople
  • 1838 Anti-Corn-Law League forms to repeal English Corn Law

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1841 British adventurer James Brooke obtains lands around the Sarawak river from the Sultan of Brunei

1st White Rajah of Sarawak James Brooke
1st White Rajah of Sarawak
James Brooke
  • 1850 Papal Bull issued, establishes Roman Catholic hierarchy in England
  • 1852 Henri Giffard, a French engineer, makes 1st engine powered dirigible/airship flight with steam power
  • 1853 France annexes New Caledonia
  • 1853 Northern Daily Times, 1st provincial daily newspaper, starts in London
  • 1862 Confederate Congress adopts confederacy seal
  • 1865 James Cooke walks tightrope from Cliff House to Seal Rocks, SF
  • 1869 Black Friday; Wall St panic after Gould & Fisk attempt to corner gold
  • 1872 Franz Grillparzer's "Ein Bruderzwist in Habsburg" premieres in Vienna
  • 1877 Battle of Shiroyama, decisive victory of the Imperial Japanese Army over the Satsuma Rebellion
  • 1883 National black convention meets in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1885 Five German warships depart to Zanzibar
  • 1889 Alexander Dey patents dial time recorder
  • 1890 President of Mormon Church in Salt Lake City issues a manifesto advising members that teaching & practice of polygamy should be abandoned
  • 1902 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Red Circle" (BG)
  • 1903 Alfred Deakin succeeds Edmund Barton as Australia premier
  • 1906 Prince George of Greece, convinced that he can no longer serve the cause of Crete, resigns as High Commissioner
  • 1916 Indians' Marty Kavanaugh, hits AL's 1st pinch-hit grand slam
  • 1922 Nuremberg fusion congress USDP-SPD; picks Karl Kautsky
  • 1922 Roger Hornsby sets NL HR mark at 42
  • 1923 Premiere of 1st celluloid film "Das Leben auf dem Dorfe" (Berlin)
  • 1924 Boston, Massachusetts, opens its airport
  • 1926 Cardinals clinch NL pennant by beating Giants 6-4
  • 1927 Yanks set record of 106 victories

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1929 Lt James Doolittle guides a Consolidated N-Y-2 Biplane over Mitchell Field in NY in 1st all-instrument flight

Aviation Pioneer Jimmy Doolittle
Aviation Pioneer
Jimmy Doolittle
  • 1929 Yanks Tom Zachary ends season 12-0
  • 1930 G Kaufman & M Hart's "Once in a Lifetime" premieres in NY
  • 1930 Noel Coward's "Private Lives" premieres in London

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1932 NY Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt visits LA

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1935 Earl Bascom and Weldon Bascom produce the first rodeo ever held outdoors under electric lights at Columbia, Mississippi
  • 1940 Jimmy Foxx hits his 500th career HR
  • 1940 Luftwaffe bombs Spitfire factory in Southampton
  • 1941 Nine Allied governments pledge adherence to the common principles of policy set forth in the Atlantic Charter
  • 1941 Bomb explosion in German headquarter in Hotel Continental in Kiev
  • 1943 Soviet forces reconquer Smolensk
  • 1948 Yanks, Boston & Cleveland are tied for 1st place in AL (91-56)
  • 1948 The Honda Motor Company is founded.
  • 1950 "Operation Magic Carpet" - all Jews from Yemen move to Israel
  • 1951 Industrial estate opens at Harlow New Town, England
  • 1951 USSR performs nuclear test
  • 1952 Dutch minister Dark sentences war criminal W Lages to death
  • 1952 Underwater volcano explodes under research vessel Kaiyo-maru-5
  • 1954 Yanks tie a record, 3 of their pinch hitters strike out in 1 inning

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1955 US President Eisenhower suffers a heart attack on vacation in Denver

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1955 Washington Senators lose their 99th & 100th games of season
  • 1957 President Eisenhower orders US troops to desegregate Little Rock schools
  • 1957 Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe, is opened in Barcelona.
  • 1958 1st welded aluminum girder highway bridge completed, Urbandale, Ia
  • 1958 Donna Reed Show premieres on ABC
  • 1960 International Development Association (UN agency) comes into existence
  • 1960 USS Enterprise, 1st nuclear power aircraft carrier, launched
  • 1962 US Circuit Court of Appeals orders Meredith admitted to University of Miss
  • 1963 US Senate ratifies treaty with Britain & USSR limiting nuclear testing
  • 1964 "The Munsters" premieres on TV
  • 1964 1st Minuteman II ICBM was tested

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1964 Ringo Starr forms Brikley Building Company Ltd

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1964 Willi Stoph succeeds Otto Great as premier of German DR
  • 1965 Belgium Victor Leemans elected chairman of European Parliament
  • 1965 Saudi Arabian & Egyptian accord over Yemen
  • 1965 Stefan Stefanopoulos forms Greek government
  • 1966 -30] Hurricane Inez, kills 293 in Caribbean, Florida & Mexico
  • 1966 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
  • 1968 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1969 1st Elvis convention, 2500 fans attend in Cincinnati
  • 1969 Ton Duc Thang elected president of North Vietnam
  • 1969 Trial of "Chicago 8" (protesters at Dem National Conv) begins
  • 1970 Soviet space probe Luna 16 lands on earth after 1st unmanned round trip to moon
  • 1971 90 Russian diplomats expelled from Britain for spying
  • 1971 Eyskens-Cools disbands Belgium parliament
  • 1972 Antique F86 Sabrejet fails to takeoff at air show, kills 22
  • 1972 Jack Tatum, Oakland, returns a fumble 104 yds vs Green Bay (rec)
  • 1972 NY Jet Joe Namath passes for 6 touchdowns vs Balt Colt (44-34)
  • 1973 Guinea-Bissau declares independence from Portugal
  • 1974 Al Kaline, Detroit Tiger, is 12th to get 3,000 hits
  • 1974 Clarence Jones of Kintetsu Buffaloes hits his 38th HR, 1st American to win a Japanese HR title
  • 1975 OPEC announces a 15% increase in government per barrel revenues

Birthdays in History

  • 15 Vitellius, Roman Emperor (d. 69)
  • 1301 Ralph Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford, English soldier (d. 1372)

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1501 Girolamo Cardano, Italian mathematician and astrologer (Ars Magna-1545), born in Pavia, Italy (d. 1576)

Mathematician Girolamo Cardano
Mathematician
Girolamo Cardano
  • 1513 Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg, Queen of Sweden (d. 1535)
  • 1534 Guru Ram Das, 4th Sikh Guru (1574-81), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan (d. 1581)
  • 1564 William Adams, English navigator and 1st ever Western Samurai (d. 1620)
  • 1583 Albrecht Eusebius Wenzel von Wallenstein, German general
  • 1625 Johan de Witt, statesman/advisor of Holland
  • 1705 Leopold Josef Graf Daun, Austrian field marshal (d. 1766)
  • 1717 Horace Walpole, England, British horror writer (Castle of Otranto)
  • 1725 Sir Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer (d. 1803)

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1755 John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the United States (1801-35), born in Germantown, Virginia (d. 1835)

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
John Marshall
  • 1762 William Lisle Bowles, English poet (14 Sonnets)
  • 1801 Mikhail Vasilievich Ostrogradsky, Ukrainian scientist (d. 1862)
  • 1802 Adolphe d'Archiac, French paleontologist and geologist (d. 1868)
  • 1817 Ramon de Campoamor Campoosorio, Spanish poet (Doloras)
  • 1821 Cyprian K Norwid, Polish painter/poet/playwright (Wanda)
  • 1824 Truman Seymour, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1891)
  • 1825 Frances E W Harper, famous African
  • 1827 Henry Warner Slocum, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1894)
  • 1829 James St Clair Morton, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1864)
  • 1829 Charles S. West, Texas jurist and politician (d. 1885)
  • 1833 Henry Alanson Barnum, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1848 Pieter Louis Tak, literary (The Chronicle)
  • 1858 Eugene Foss, 45th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1939)
  • 1860 Samuel Rutherford Crockett, novelist
  • 1870 Georges Claude, inventor (neon light)
  • 1878 C. F. Ramuz, Swiss writer (d. 1947)
  • 1884 Hugo Schmeisser, German weapons designer (d. 1953)
  • 1890 Alan Herbert, England, journalist/writer (Punch, Helen)
  • 1892 Adélard Godbout, premier of Québec (d. 1956)
  • 1895 Andre Cournand, physician

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1896 F. Scott Fitzgerald, American author (Great Gatsby, Zelda), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1940)

  • 1898 Charlotte D baroness of Pallandt, Dutch sculptress

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1898 Howard Florey, Australian pathologist and pharmacologist who purified penicillin (Nobel 1945), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 1968)

Pathologist and Nobel Laureate Howard Florey
Pathologist and Nobel Laureate
Howard Florey
  • 1899 Sir William Dobell, Australian portrait artist (d. 1970)
  • 1900 Ham Fisher, American cartoonist (d. 1955)
  • 1902 Cheryl Crawford, producer (Touch of Venus, Brigadoon)

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1902 Ayatollah Khomeini [Ruhollah Khomeini], Supreme leader of Iran (1979-89), religious figure and political leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, born in Khomeyn, Persia (d. 1989)

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1904 Owen Saunders, mechanical engineer
  • 1905 Severo Ochoa, Nobel Laureate (d. 1993)
  • 1909 Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect (d. 1966)
  • 1910 Cao Yu, Huaju writer (Peking Man), born in Tianjin, China (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Leonarda da Vinci MacLaren, founder (LSE)

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1911 Konstantin Chernenko, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1984-85), born in Bolshaya Tes, Yeniseysk Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1985)

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
  • 1912 Ian Serraillier, children author
  • 1914 Sir John Kerr, 18th Governor-General of Australia, who dismissed Whitlam government (d. 1991)
  • 1915 Margarita J Aliger, Russian poetess (Zoja) [OS]
  • 1915 Seymour Egerton, CEO (Coutis Bank)
  • 1916 John Lapsley, British air marshal
  • 1917 Colin Cowe, senior bursar (Magdalen College Oxford)
  • 1917 William Putnam Bundy, editor (Lvaggerier & Vagaries), born in London, England
  • 1918 Richard Hoggart, author/warden (Goldsmith's College London)
  • 1921 Leonard Overton, British glider pilot (Arnhem 1944)
  • 1922 David Lane, CEO (Commission for Racial Equality)
  • 1923 Ladislav Fuks, Czech writer, born in Prague (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Mervyn Brown, diplomat
  • 1924 Jean-Pierre Warner, British high court judge
  • 1924 Walter Fufido, Iwo Jima casualty (WW II), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1925 Autar Singh Paintal, Indian medical scientist (d. 2004)
  • 1929 George McNicol, principal (Aberdeen University)
  • 1929 Edward M. Lawson, Canadian politician
  • 1930 John Watts Young, astronaut (Gem 3 10, Apol 10 16, STS 1 9), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1930 Józef Krupiński, Polish poet (d. 1998)
  • 1931 Brian Glanville, author/journalist
  • 1931 Cardiss Collins, (Rep-D-Illinois, 1973-97), (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Svetlana Beriozova, ballerina
  • 1933 Catherine Pestell, principal (Somerville College Oxford)
  • 1934 Bernard Nevill, textile designer
  • 1934 Manfred Worner, German general/sect-gen (NATO, 1988-94)
  • 1935 Lawrence Urquhart, CEO (Burmah Castrol)
  • 1937 Alan Grose, British vice-admiral
  • 1940 Yves Navarre, French writer (d. 1994)
  • 1945 David A[llen] Drake, US, sci-fi author (Cross the Stars, Rolling Hot)
  • 1945 Lou Dobbs, American journalist
  • 1946 Richard Spring, British MP
  • 1946 Robert Jackson, MP/minister of British Civil Service
  • 1948 Bernadette Hingley, British priest
  • 1951 Douglas Kmiec, American legal scholar
  • 1952 Joseph P Kennedy II, (Rep-D-Massachusetts)
  • 1954 Stephen Jones, art historian
  • 1955 Riccardo Illy, Italian politician
  • 1966 Michael J. Varhola, American author
  • 1975 Kyle Turley, former National Football League offensive lineman
  • 1978 Tarek Saab, American TV show contestant
  • 1984 Szilvia Molnar, Swedish writer

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

1487 Founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak marries Mata Sulakkhani in Batala

Founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak
Founder of Sikhism
Guru Nanak

Deaths in History

  • 366 Liberius, Italian Pope (352-66), dies
  • 768 Pippin III, the short, King of France, dies at 53
  • 786 Al-Hadi, Arabic kalief of Islam (185-86), dies
  • 911 Ludwig III, the child, last Carolingian German King (899-911), dies
  • 1054 Hermannus Contractus, scholar (b. 1013)
  • 1118 Robert of Knaresborough, hermit (b. 1160)
  • 1120 Welf II, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1072)
  • 1143 Innocent II, [Gregorio de' Papareschi], Italian Pope (1130-43), dies
  • 1143 Agnes of Germany, daughter of Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1072)
  • 1180 Manuel I Comnenus, Byzantine emperor (1143-80), dies
  • 1213 Gertrude of Merania, wife of Andrew II of Hungary (murdered) (b. 1185)
  • 1228 Stefanus I Nemanjic de Eerstgekroonde, king of Serbia (1217-28), dies
  • 1230 Alfonso IX, king of Leon/Castile, dies
  • 1275 Humphrey de Bohun, 2nd Earl of Hereford, Constable of England (b. 1208)
  • 1435 Isabeau of Bavaria, Queen and wife of Charles VI of France (bc. 1370)
  • 1494 Poliziano, Italian humanist (b. 1454)
  • 1517 Frederik IV, of Baden, bishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1536 Janus Secundus, neo latin poet (Basia), dies at 24

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1541 Philippus A Paracelsus, Swiss physician/alchemist, dies at 47

Physician/Alchemist Paracelsus
Physician/Alchemist
Paracelsus
  • 1545 Albrecht von Brandenburg, archbishop/monarch of Mainz, dies at 55
  • 1568 Antoon van Stralen, Flemish mayor of Antwerp, beheaded at about 47
  • 1621 Jan Karol Chodkiewicz, Polish military commander (b. 1560)
  • 1707 Vincenzo da Filicaja, Italian poet (b. 1642)
  • 1732 Emperor Reigen of Japan (b. 1654)
  • 1742 Johann Matthias Hase, German scientist (b. 1684)
  • 1790 John Keyse Sherwin, engraver/painter, dies
  • 1802 Alexander Radishchev, Russian writer, commits suicide by drinking poison at 53
  • 1815 John Sevier, indian fighter (Gov/Rep-Tn), dies at 70
  • 1834 A J Pedro I van Alcantara, Emperor of Brazil (1822-31), dies
  • 1856 Henry, 1st viscount Hardinge of Lahore, gov-gen of India, dies
  • 1892 Cornelis A van Sypesteyn, Dutch governor of Suriname, dies at 69
  • 1894 Martinus Nijhoff, founder Nijhoff's book publisher (Van Dale), dies
  • 1896 Louis De Geer, 1st Swedish Prime Minister (b. 1818)
  • 1898 Bartel Wilton, ship builder, dies at 70
  • 1930 William A. MacCorkle, Governor of West Virginia (b. 1857)
  • 1933 Alice Muriel Williamson, British novelist (b. 1869)
  • 1938 Lev Schnirelmann, Russian mathematician (b. 1900)
  • 1951 Georges Rency, Belgian poet/literature, dies at 75
  • 1953 Berthold Viertel, writer, dies at 68
  • 1954 Edward Pilgrim, British suicide hastened by bureaucracy (b. 1904)
  • 1960 Melanie Klein, [Reizes], child psycho-analyst, dies
  • 1961 Sumner Welles, US diplomat (Good Neighbor Policy), dies at 68
  • 1967 Orville Caldwell, Deputy Major (LA-1940), dies at 71
  • 1967 Robert H van Gulik, diplomat/writer (Judge Tie), dies
  • 1968 Robert Arthur Ley, sci-fi author (Telepath, Power of X), dies at 47
  • 1975 Earle Cabell, Texas politician (b. 1906)

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1991 Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss), children's author, dies of cancer at 87

Children's Author Dr. Seuss
Children's Author
Dr. Seuss
  • 1993 Bruno Pontecorvo, Italian physicist (b. 1913)
  • 1994 Colin Berry Haycraft, publisher, dies at 65
  • 1994 David Napley, solicitor, dies at 79
  • 1994 Otto F Walther, Swiss publisher/author (Der Stumme), dies at 66
  • 1994 Otto F. Walter, Swiss writer and publisher (Walter Verlag), dies at 66
  • 1996 Iorwerth Eiddon Stephen Edwards, egyptologist, dies at 87
  • 1996 Pavel Anatolievich Sudoplatov, spy, dies at 89
  • 1997 Jonathon Silver, entrepreneur/arts patron, dies at 47
  • 2002 Youssouf Togoïmi, Chadian rebel (b. 1953)
  • 2002 Mike Webster, National Football League player (b. 1952)
  • 2004 Françoise Sagan, French writer (b. 1935)
  • 2009 Susan Atkins, American murderer (b. 1948)
  • 2010 Gennady Yanayev, Soviet politician (b. 1937)
  • 2014 Deborah "Debs" Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire and the Chatsworth estate, one of the Mitford sisters, dies at 94
  • 2016 Buckwheat Zydeco [Stantley Dural Jr] US accordionist (On Track), dies at 68