Events, birthdays and anniversaries for 24 September
AD 867: Michael III of Eastern Empire was assassinated.
1568: Spanish captured English ships and booty at San Juan, Puerto Rico, from fleet under Sir John Hawkins.
1688: France’s King Louis XIV declared war against the Holy Roman Empire.
1776: The oldest of the classic horse races, the St Leger, was first run at Doncaster.
1869: “Jubilee” Jim Fiske and Jay Gould tried to corner the gold market, causing financial “Black Friday” in United States.
1935: The first Jaguar car went on sale – for £385.
1943: Soviet army crossed Dnieper River north of Kiev as Germans retreated.
1947: A trainload of 1,200 Muslim refugees fleeing to Pakistan was massacred by Sikhs at Amritsar in the Punjab.
1948: First conference in London of representatives from Britain’s African colonies.
1960: The first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise, was launched at Newport, Virginia.
1971: Britain expelled 90 Soviets for espionage activities.
1972: Norway voted by 53.5 per cent not to join the EEC.
1977: United States and Soviet Union said high-level talks had narrowed their differences on proposed agreement limiting bomber and missile forces.
1990: East Germany formally withdrew from Warsaw Pact.
1990: The Supreme Soviet gave Mikhail Gorbachev sweeping powers to rule by decree for 18 months.
1991: Western hostage Jackie Mann, former Battle of Britain fighter pilot, was set free in Beirut after 28 months in captivity.
1994: Ten Haitians died in a firefight with United States marines in Cap-Haitien.
1995: Scot David Coulthard won the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril.
1996: US president Bill Clinton signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at the United Nations.
2005: Hurricane Rita made landfall in the United States.
2007: GMTV’s competition phone-lines company, Opera Telecom, was fined £250,000 for picking potential winners before phone-ins closed.
2008: The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago was topped off at 1,389ft (423m), becoming the world’s highest residence above ground-level.
Ally McCoist, Scottish footballer, manager and broadcaster, 52; Helen Lederer, comic actress, 60; Dame Elizabeth Blackadder DBE, Scottish artist, Painter and Limner to the Queen, 83; Jack Dee, comedian, 53; Brian Glanville, journalist and author, 83; Billy Kay, Scottish broadcaster and writer, 63; Gerry Marsden MBE (The Pacemakers), 72; Victoria Pendleton, Olympic cycling gold medallist, 34; John Rutter CBE, composer and conductor, 69; Owen Farrell, rugby internationalist, 23; John Watts Young, astronaut, 84; Mike Phelan, football coach and former player, 52.
Births: 1725 Arthur Guinness, founder of the Guinness brewery; 1894 Tommy Armour, Edinburgh-born multi-major winning golfer; 1896 Francis Scott Fitzgerald, novelist and short story writer; 1931 Anthony Newley, actor, singer and composer.
Deaths: 1920 Peter Carl Fabergé, Russian artist and jeweller famous for his intricately decorated Fabergé eggs; 1991 Theodor Geisel (aka Dr Seuss), children’s author; 1991 Peter Bellamy, folk singer; 2004 Francoise Sagan, novelist.