Today in History: September 24

Today in History: September 24

Pick a day:

September 23 September 25

1788

After having been dissolved, the French Parliament of Paris reassembles in triumph.

1789

Congress passes the Judiciary Act of 1789, establishing a strong federal court system with the powers it needs to ensure the supremacy of the Constitution and federal law. The new Supreme Court will have a chief justice and five associate justices.

1842

Branwell Bronte, the brother of the Bronte sisters and the model for Hindley Earnshaw in Emily's novel Wuthering Heights, dies of tuberculosis. Emily and Anne die the same year.

1862

President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus against anyone suspected of being a Southern sympathizer.

1904

Sixty-two die and 120 are injured in head-on train collision in Tennessee.

1914

In the Alsace-Lorraine area between France and Germany, the German Army captures St. Mihiel.

1915

Bulgaria mobilizes troops on the Serbian border.

1929

The first flight using only instruments is completed by U.S. Army pilot James Doolittle.

1930

Noel Coward's comedy Private Lives opens in London starring Gertrude Lawrence and Coward himself.

1947

The World Women's Party meets for the first time since World War II.

1956

The first transatlantic telephone cable system begins operation.

1957

President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends federal troops into Little Rock, Arkansas, to protect nine black students entering its newly integrated high school.

1960

The Enterprise, the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, is launched.

1962

The University of Mississippi agrees to admit James Meredith as the first black university student, sparking more rioting.

1969

The "Chicago Eight," charged with conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intent to incite a riot, go on trial for their part in the mayhem during the 1968 Democratic Party National Convention in the "Windy City."

1970

The Soviet Luna 16 lands, completing the first unmanned round trip to the moon.

1979

CompuServe (CIS) offers one of the first online services to consumers; it will dominate among Internet service providers for consumers through the mid-1990s.

1993

Sihanouk is reinstalled as king of Cambodia.

1996

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty signed by representatives of 71 nations at the UN; at present, five key nations have signed but not ratified it and three others have not signed.

2005

Hurricane Rita, the 4th-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, comes ashore in Texas causing extensive damage there and in Louisiana, which had devastated by Hurricane Katrina less than a month earlier.

2009

LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device) "sonic cannon," a non-lethal device that utilizes intense sound, is used in the United States for the first time, to disperse protestors at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, Penn.