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24 Sept, 1961 - U.S.A. "I Love Lucy"
1961 : The last episode of I Love Lucy is aired created by and featuring Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz, ran for 10 years.

24 Sept, 1908 - Ford Model T
1908 : The first factory-built Ford Model T was completed which became affectionately known as the Tin Lizzie.
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24 Sept, 1925 - France War Debts
1925 : France has made a new offer to the United States over payment of it's war debt of $4,000,000,000 stating it had not forgotten it's debt to America but it can not pay the full debt without forcing economic misery on it's people . The proposal from France is to pay $5,000,000 per year for 5 five years which would be a very small percentage of the debt owed.

24 Sept, 1938 - Germany and Russia Carve Up Czechoslovakia
1938 : As Russia and Germany carve up Czechoslovakia, both have given warnings to Poland, Great Britain and France to stay out of the area and not to send troops near Czechoslovakia or it will be considered an act of war.


24 Sept, 1941 - Pearl Harbor
1941 : The Japanese consul in Hawaii is instructed to divide Pearl Harbor into five zones and calculate the number of battleships in each zone and report findings back to Japan which was then used in the planning of the Pearl Harbor attacks.

24 Sept, 1948 - Germany Berlin Blockade
1948 : Russian anti aircraft gunners are planning to fire dangerously high in practice today in the American British airlift corridor to blockaded Berlin. The Russians also announced they would be bombing and fighter firing practice in that same corridor. Both sides realize if any mistakes are made in this area causing the deaths of innocent civilians, which the British and Americans are using to fly in supplies to the blockaded city, could well lead to an all out war.
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24 Sept, 1958 - U.S.A. Auto Workers Strike
1958 : The increased chance of an Auto strike by the United Auto Workers looks more likely against General Motors and Chrysler, the date for an all out nationwide walkout is not scheduled till next week but walkouts at local level are increasing on a daily basis with 30,000 on strike at GM and 15,000 on strike at Chrysler.

24 Sept, 1960 - USS Enterprise
1960 : The USS Enterprise (CVN-65) becomes the worlds first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, she is still part of the US Navy but is scheduled for decommissioning in 2014 and still holds the record for the longest naval vessel in the world.
USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Public Domain Photo
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24 Sept, 1964 - Warren Commission Report
1964 : Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which had occurred on November 22nd, 1963, in Dallas, Texas is given to President Lyndon B. Johnson. It's conclusion was that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone and that the Secret Service had made poor preparations for JFK’s visit to Dallas and had failed to sufficiently protect him.

24 Sept, 1968 - U.S.A. "60 Minutes"
September 24th, 1968 : The investigative television news magazine program "60 Minutes" is shown for the first time on CBS.

24 Sept, 1978 - U.S.A. Spread of ATMs
1978 : More supermarkets are offering ATMs in the supermarket and consumers who have the service from their bank like the ability to avoid trips to the bank and be able to bank outside of normal banking hours.

24 Sept, 1980 - Iran Iraq Begins Bombing
September 24th, 1980 : Iraqi planes have bombed Iran's Kharg Island crude oil export terminal which is currently burning out of control. The war is over the sovereignty over the lower reaches of Shatt al arab waterway which marks the border between Iraq and Iran. The war ended 8 years later in August 1988 after a cease fire was agreed and the war is thought to have claimed the lives of nearly 1/2 million in that time.

24 Sept, 1988 - South Korea Ben Johnson
1988 : Ben Johnson (Canada) wins the 100m gold at the Seoul Olympics in a new world record with a time of 9.79 seconds. Three days later after being tested positive for anabolic steroid, Stanozol he was stripped of his gold medal and sent home in disgrace by the Canadian team.

24 Sept, 1989 - South Africa Arrests Anti Apartheid Marchers
September 24th, 1989 : South African police arrested over 200 people during an anti apartheid march by anti-apartheid women's groups.

24 Sept, 1989 - Lebanon Fighting
1989 : Fighting has again broken out between Syrian and Christian Forces with mortars and machine guns ending a period of cease fire.

24 Sept, 1998 - United Nations Call For Cease Fire In Kosovo
September 24th, 1998 : The United Nations security council is calling for an immediate cease fire in Kosovo and the Serbian advance to end or put together an international peacekeeping force to stop the Serbian advance.

24 Sept, 1998 - Germany Extradition of Terrorist
1998 : The suspected terrorist bomber who is suspected of carrying out the bombing of the US embassy in East Africa last week is to be held until extradition can be arranged to the United States to face charges.

24 Sept, 1998 - U.S.A. New $20 Bills
September 24th, 1998 : New $20.00 bills enter circulation to deter counterfeiters, the new anti-counterfeiting measures include the use of color-shifting ink and a watermark. The bill is also redesigned with the picture of the White House is changed to the north side view and a larger, off-center portrait of Jackson was used on the front.

24 Sept, 2000 - US Formula One Grand Prix
2000 : Formula One returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway,in Indianapolis, Indiana. returning to the US for the first time nine years. The race attracted the largest Formula One crowd ever with 250,000+ watching the race live and ending with a win by Michael Schumacher (Ferrari).

24 Sept, 2005 - U.S.A. Hurricane Rita
September 24th, 2005 : Hurricane Rita Category 3 with winds in excess of 115 MPH makes landfall between Sabine Pass, Texas, and Johnson Bayou, Louisiana. New Orleans was still cleaning up after hurricane Katrina just a month earlier and because a number of the levees were not rebuilt the city was evacuated. Hurricane Rita did not strike the city directly but the storm surges did still overwhelm some of the levees which were still under repair. The storm surge caused extensive damage along other parts of the Louisiana coast and extreme southeastern Texas completely destroying a few small coastal communities.
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24 Sept, 2007 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
2007 : The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking at New York's Columbia University has clashed with the Columbia President Lee Bollinger who described him as a "cruel dictator" who denied the Holocaust. In response Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Mr Bollinger's remarks were "an insult to information and the knowledge of the audience". During the debate and questions from the audience Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was asked about executions of homosexuals in Iran, to which Mr Ahmadinejad replied: "In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country."

24 Sept, 2009 - Iran Nuclear Program Continues
September 24th, 2009 : Iran announces that it has a second uranium enrichment plant. The Iranian government sent a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s chief telling him of the existence of the second site.

24 Sept, 2011 - Vladimir Putin Will Run for President in 2012
2011 : Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, stated that he would accept an offer to run for president in 2012. Putin had already been president for two terms from 2000 to 2008 but could not run for a third consecutive term. If Putin were to win the presidential election in 2012, he could theoretically serve as president until 2024 under new presidential term rules giving the leader 6 year terms.

24 Sept, 2012 - Bloggers Jailed in Vietnam
September 24th, 2012 : Three dissident bloggers were jailed after a brief trial for spreading anti-government propaganda. The bloggers jail sentences ranged from four to twelve years.

24 Sept, 2013 - China Bans Some Exports to North Korea
2013 : China has announced that they are banning the export of some materials and technologies to North Korea that could potentially aid in the development of nuclear weapons. The move is important because China is North Korea's only ally and is making a somewhat firm statement against the country in favor of cooperating with the international community and the United Nations.

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Linda McCartney
Born: Linda Louise Eastman, September 24th, 1941, New York, New York, U.S.
Died: April 17th, 1998, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Known For : Linda McCartney was a world class photographer when she met and married Paul McCartney, she was a strong animal rights activist and created her own line of vegetarian foods, writing many vegetarian cookbooks. She was also a member of the successful group Wings and a mother of four children. She died in 1998 from cancer after having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995.

Jim Henson
Born: September 24th, 1936, Greenville, Mississippi
Died: May 16th, 1990, New York
Known For : A puppeteer and the creator of The Muppets who featured in the television series Sesame Street and The Muppet Show and films such as The Muppet Movie (1979). Just some of the best loved Muppets include Ernie, Bert, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, Kermit the Frog, Big Bird and Miss Piggy.