On This Day In History, 24 September

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World Events Today

  • The Japanese motor company Honda was founded today in 1948
  • The first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise opened today in Utah in 1952
  • FC Barcelona’s stadium, the Camp Nou, opened today in 1957

Entertainment Events Today

  • The inaugural St Leger Stakes, a flat horse race in Great Britain open to 3-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies, was held today in 1776 at Cantley Common in Doncaster
  • The hit single Jailhouse Rock, written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, was released by Elvis Presley today in 1957
  • The American television sitcom The Big Bang Theory, created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, aired for the first time today in 2007 on the CBS network

Family Events Today

  • James Maury Henson, better known as the American puppeteer Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets and Fraggle Rock, was born today in 1936 in Mississippi
  • Linda Eastman, who would become Linda McCartney when she married the Beatle Paul McCartney, was born today in 1941 in New York
  • Gerard Marsden, MBE, leader of the Merseybeat band Gerry and the Pacemakers, whose hits included Ferry Cross the Mersey and You’ll Never Walk Alone, was born today in 1942 in Liverpool, England

Main Event Today

  • The USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the world, was launched today in 1960

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Punctuation Day

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