What Happened On This Day – September 24
1973 Guinea-Bissau gains independence
Guinea-Bissau declared its independence from Portugal. The declaration was recognized almost a year later on September 10, 1974.
1957 Camp Nou, a stadium that seats over 99,000 opens its doors for football fans
Situated in Barcelona, Spain, it is the largest stadium in Europe and the 11th largest in the world.
1948 Honda Motor Company is founded by Soichiro Honda
The automobile manufacturer is also the world's largest producer of motorcycles.
1869 Black Friday in the United States
A group of speculators headed by James Fisk and Jay Gould started hoarding gold, which led to high gold prices. The US Treasury under the orders of President Ulysses S. Grant sold a large amount of gold leading to a plummet in gold prices within the span of minutes.
1789 US Congress Adopts the Judiciary Act of 1789
The act was passed by the first Congress of the United States. It created the US federal judiciary including the Supreme Court.
Births On This Day – September 24
1981 Ryan Briscoe
Australian race car driver
1936 Jim Henson
American puppeteer, director, producer, founded The Company
1896 F. Scott Fitzgerald
1755 John Marshall
American jurist, 4th Chief Justice of the United States
Deaths On This Day – September 24
1991 Dr. Seuss
American author, poet, illustrator
1834 Pedro I of Brazil
1621 Jan Karol Chodkiewicz
Polish military commander
1435 Isabeau of Bavaria
1180 Manuel I Komnenos