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On this day in history - September 24

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.

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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

    American author

  • 1755 John Marshall

    American jurist, 4th Chief Justice of the United States

  • 1714 Alaungpaya

    Burmese king

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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

    Byzantine Emperor