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On This Day in History - 24th September


1896F. Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist of 'The Great Gatsby'
1931Anthony Newley, Actor
1932Svetlana Beriosova, Ballerina
1941Linda McCartney, Former wife of 'Beatle' Paul
1942Gerry Marsden, English rock musician


1776The first ever St Leger horse race was run at Doncaster
1953The first ever Cinemascope film, The Robe, had its Hollywood premier
1960The USS Enterprise, the worlds first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, was launched
1970The first automated return of a lunar sample by Luna 16 took place
1971Britain expelled over 100 Russian diplomats for spying
1976Rhodesia accepted an American and British plan for majority rule
1993America & the Commonwealth lifted trade sanctions against South Africa