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A throng estimated at 15,000 gather to watch the christening of the USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, at Newport News, Va., Sept. 24, 1960. (AP Photo)
A throng estimated at 15,000 gather to watch the christening of the USS Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, at Newport News, Va., Sept. 24, 1960. (AP Photo)

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On Sept. 24, 1960, the USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport News, Va..

On this date in:
1755- John Marshall, the fourth chief justice of the United States, was born in Germantown, Virginia.
1789- Congress passed the First Judiciary Act, which provided for an attorney general and a Supreme Court.
1869- Financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk tried to corner the gold market, sending Wall Street into a panic and leaving thousands of investors in financial ruin.
1896- Author F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minn.
1957- The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field before moving to Los Angeles for the next season.
1968- “60 Minutes” premiered on CBS.
1976- Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery.
1991- The album “Nevermind” by Nirvana was released.
2007- United Auto Workers walked off the job at GM plants in the first nationwide strike during auto contract negotiations since 1976. (A tentative pact ended the walkout two days later.)

Today’s Birthdays:
Actress, screenwriter Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) turns 53 years old today.
Gerry Marsden, Singer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), 73
Lou Dobbs, News anchor, 70
Gordon Clapp, Actor (“NYPD Blue”), 67
Joseph Kennedy II, Former U.S. representative, D-Mass., 63
Kevin Sorbo, Actor, 57
Paul Hamm, Olympic gymnast, 33
Football Hall of Famer Joe Greene turns 69 years old today.

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