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24th September

1776 The St. Ledger horse race was run for the first time in Doncaster, Britain.

1896 * Francis Scott Fitzgerald, US novelist who wrote The Great Gatsby (1925).

1898 * Howard Florey, Australian pathologist who developed ways of mass producing penicillin.

1930 The first performance of NoŽl Coward's Private Lives was held in London.

1936 * Jim Henson, US co-creator of The Muppets.

1942 * Gerry Marsden, English singer who recorded the song 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

1954 A temple to a Roman god was discovered near the Mansion House in London.

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

1971 The UK expelled 90 Soviets spies after the revelations of a KGB defector.

1976 The Rhodesian Government agreed to introduce black majority rule to the country within two years.

1980 The Iran-Iraq conflict became war when Iraq blew up the Abadan oil refinery.

1988 Canadian Ben Johnson won the 100m gold at the Seoul Olympics. He tested positive for anabolic steroids after the race and was sent him home in disgrace.

1991 Children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, died at age 87.

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

1998 Iran lifted the fatwa on Salman Rushdie after nearly 10 years.

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