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TO­DAY IS THURS­DAY, SEPT. 24, the 268th day of 2020. There are 98 days left in the year.


On this date in 1789, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton signed a Ju­di­ciary Act es­tab­lish­ing Amer­ica’s fed­eral court sys­tem and cre­at­ing the post of at­tor­ney gen­eral.

In 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.

In 1890, the pres­i­dent of The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints, Wil­ford Woodruff, wrote a man­i­festo re­nounc­ing the prac­tice of plu­ral mar­riage, or polygamy.

In 1960, the USS En­ter­prise, the first nu­clear-pow­ered air­craft car­rier, was launched at New­port News, Vir­ginia.

In 1964, the sit­u­a­tion com­edy “The Mun­sters” pre­miered on CBS tele­vi­sion.

In 1969, the trial of the Chicago Eight (later seven) be­gan. (Five were later con­victed of cross­ing state lines to in­cite riots at the 1968 Demo­cratic con­ven­tion, but the con­vic­tions were ul­ti­mately over­turned.)

In 1976, for­mer hostage Pa­tri­cia Hearst was sen­tenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank rob­bery in San Fran­cisco car­ried out by the Sym­bionese Lib­er­a­tion Army. (Hearst was re­leased af­ter 22 months af­ter re­ceiv­ing clemency from Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter.)

In 1988, mem­bers of the east­ern Mas­sachusetts Epis­co­pal dio­cese elected Bar­bara C. Har­ris the first fe­male bishop in the church’s his­tory.

In 1996, the United States and 70 other coun­tries be­came the first to sign a treaty at the United Na­tions to end all test­ing and de­vel­op­ment of nu­clear weapons. (The Com­pre­hen­sive Nu­clear Test Ban Treaty has yet to en­ter into force be­cause of the re­fusal so far of eight na­tions — in­clud­ing the United States — to rat­ify it.)

In 2001, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush or­dered a freeze on the as­sets of 27 peo­ple and or­ga­ni­za­tions with sus­pected links to ter­ror­ism, in­clud­ing Is­lamic mil­i­tant Osama bin Laden.

In 2007, United Auto Work­ers walked off the job at Gen­eral Mo­tors plants in the first na­tion­wide strike dur­ing auto con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions since 1976; a ten­ta­tive pact ended the walk­out two days later.

TO­DAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Rhyth­mand-blues singer Sonny Turner (The Plat­ters) is 81. Singer Bar­bara All­but Brown (The An­gels) is 80. Singers Phyl­lis “Jiggs” All­but Sirico and Gerry Mars­den are 78. News an­chor Lou Dobbs is 75. Pro and Col­lege Foot­ball Hall-of-Famer Joe Greene is 74. Ac­tor Kevin Sorbo is 62. Chris­tian/jazz singer Cedric Dent and ac­tor-writer Nia Varda­los are 58. Singer-mu­si­cian Marty Cin­tron (No Mercy) is 49. Ac­tor Ian Bo­hen is 44. Olympic gold medal gym­nast Paul Hamm and ac­tor Erik Stock­lin are 38. Ac­tor Kyle Sul­li­van is 32. Ac­tor Ben Platt is 27.

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