24th September

Born on this Day 24th September
1896 F.Scott Fitzgerald
1931 Anthony Newley
1936 Jim Henson
1941 Linda McCartney
1932 Svetlana Beriosa
1942 Gerry Marsden
1958 Andrew Carter
1961 Jack Dee
1963 Ally McCoist
1972 Dervla Kirwin
1979 Jenny Platt
1980 Victoria Pendleton
1987 Matthew Connolly

Died On This Day
1541 Paracelus
1984 Neil Hamilton
1991 Theodor Seuss Geisel

1960 The Everley Brothers entered the UK singles charts with ‘So Sad/Lucille’.

1966 Jimi Hendrix arrived in London with manager Chas Chandler on a flight from New York with only the clothes he was wearing, he had sold his other belongings to pay a hotel bill in New York.

1966 Jim Reeves stood at No.1 on the UK singles charts with ‘Distant Drums’.

1983 David Bowie entered the UK singles charts with ‘Modern Love’ while Culture Club reached No.1 with ‘Karma Chameleon’.

1984 At No.1 was Stevie Wonder with ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’, taken from the film ‘The Woman In Red’ starring Gene Wilder and Kelly Le Brock.

1988 The Hollies’ ‘He Aint Heavy, He’s My Brother’ became their first No.1 for over 23 years

1776 At Doncaster, the St.Leger horserace was run for the first time.

1975 Doug Heston and Doug Scott became the first all British team to reach the summit of Everest and the first ever to climb Everest by its south-west face.

1988 Ben Johnson broke the world record in the Olympic 100 metres final in Seoul with a time of 9.79 secs to win the gold medal.

People & Showbiz
1964 The first episode of ‘The Munsters’ was broadcast on US TV.

1994 Steve McFadden, who plays Phil Mitchell in ‘Eastenders’ was stabbed several times by a tramp near Waterloo station and taken to hospital.

1995 The US sci-fi drama series ‘Space’: Above and Beyond’ had its debut on US TV.

General Events
1852 The first hydrogen filled airship, or ‘dirigible’, made its maiden flight at Versailles.

1869 The American stock market suffered the financial disaster known as ‘Black Friday’ after financiers Jay Gould and James Frisk attempted to corner the gold market and prices soured to unprecedented heights.

1960 The USS Enterprise, the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport, Virginia.

1988 Camden Council banned ‘Whizzer and Chips’ comics and Enid Blyton’s books for being ‘ideologically unsound’.

1994 Fragments of DNA had been isolated from the femur of a 65 million-year old Tyrannosuarus Rex. Dr Richard Thomas at the Natural History Museum said he could not completely rule out the possibility that dinosaurs may one day be brought back to life in a ‘Jurassic Park’ type scenario.

1996 The US and the world’s other major nuclear powers signed a treaty to end all testing and development of nuclear weapons.

What else happened on this day in history, 24th September? Tell us in the comments below… thank you.

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