Shimla, Sept. 24 Keekli Bureau

This Day in History


According to Saudi officials, 769 people died in a stampede during the hajj to Mecca; however, other estimates claim that more than 2,400 were killed, making it one of the deadliest accidents in the pilgrimage’s history.


The BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, debuted on British television, and it became one of the most acclaimed adaptations of Jane Austen’s classic novel.


Norodom Sihanouk was crowned king of Cambodia for the second time.


American alternative rock group Nirvana released its breakthrough album Nevermind, which helped make grunge an international phenomenon and gave voice to Generation X.


The prime-time American television news show 60 Minutes debuted; created by Don S. Hewitt and featuring such reporters as Mike Wallace, it became one of the most successful programs in broadcast history.


The first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the Enterprise, was launched by the United States.

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Don Budge won the U.S. Open, becoming the first player to win a Grand Slam title in tennis.


Babe Ruth played in his last baseball game for the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.


American short-story writer and novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald—famous for his depictions of the Jazz Age, his most brilliant novel being The Great Gatsby (1925)—was born.


Saigo Takamori, a hero of the Meiji Restoration, was killed after reluctantly leading a rebellion against the Meiji government.


Plummeting gold prices led to a panic known as Black Friday, when U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, after learning of an attempt by Jay Gould and James Fisk to drive up the gold market, ordered $4 million of government gold to be sold on the market.


John Marshall, the fourth chief justice of the United States and principal founder of the U.S. system of constitutional law, including the doctrine of judicial review, was born.


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