Today in History – September 24

1493 – Christopher Columbus embarked on his second expedition to the New World with a fleet of 17 ships.

1657 – The first autopsy and coroner’s jury verdict was recorded in Maryland.

1789 – The United States Congress passed the Judiciary Act, which created the office of the Attorney General and federal judiciary system and ordered the composition of the Supreme Court.

1852 – The first airship powered by (a steam) engine, created by Henri Giffard, traveled 17 miles from Paris to Trappes.

1869 – Gold prices plummeted after President Grant ordered the Treasury to sell large quantities of gold after Jay Gould and James Fisk plotted to control the market.

1906 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower in Wyoming as the nation’s first National Monument.

1911 – His Majesty’s Airship No. 1, Britain’s first rigid airship, was wrecked by strong winds before her maiden flight at Barrow-in-Furness.

1929 – Jimmy Doolittle performed the first flight without a window, which proved that full instrument flying from take off to landing was possible.

1935 – Earl and Weldon Bascom held the first outdoor rodeo under electric lights (Columbia, Mississippi).

1948 – The Honda Motor Company was founded.

1952 – American fast food restaurant chain “KFC” [Kentucky Fried Chicken] opened its first franchise (Salt Lake City, Utah).

1955 – US President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Denver, Colorado.

1957 – President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce desegregation.

1957 – “Jailhouse Rock” single was released by Elvis Presley.

1960 – USS Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched.

1964 – “The Munsters” premiered on TV.

1968 – “60 Minutes” premiered on TV.

1969 – 2500 fans attended the first Elvis convention (Cincinnati, Ohio).

1977 – First broadcast of “Love Boat” on TV.

1984 – Paul McCartney released single “No More Lonely Nights”.

1991 – Rock band Nirvana released their second studio album “Nevermind”.

1995 – Emillio & Gloria Estefan’s boat hit and killed a jet skier.

2005 – Hurricane Rita made landfall in the United States, which devastated portions of southwestern Louisiana and extreme southeastern Texas.

2007 – “The Big Bang Theory” created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco, premiered on CBS.

2014 – The Mars Orbiter Mission made India the first Asian nation to reach Mars orbit, and the first nation in the world to do so in its first attempt.

2020 – David Attenborough broke Jennifer Aniston’s record as the fastest person to reach 1 million followers on Instagram.

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