Retro Baltimore

This Day in History: Sept. 24

In 1991, children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as “Dr. Seuss,” died in La Jolla, Calif., at age 87.

1789: President George Washington signed a Judiciary Act establishing America's federal court system and creating the post of attorney general.

1869: Thousands of businessmen were ruined in a Wall Street panic known as “Black Friday” after financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold market.

1929: Army Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY-2 biplane over Mitchel Field in New York in the first all-instrument flight.

1960: The USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport News, Va.

1960: “The Howdy Doody Show” ended a nearly 13-year run with its final telecast on NBC. 

1995: Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization agreed to sign a pact at the White House ending nearly three decades of Israeli occupation of West Bank cities.