On this day: September 24

Published On: Sep 23 2012 05:39:49 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 24 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

America's first National Monument is declared, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is launched, we say goodbye to Dr. Seuss, and Nirvana hits it big with "Nevermind," all on this day.

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1962: Actress and filmmaker Nia Vardalos, best known for writing and starring in the 2002 film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She earned an Academy Award nomination for the screenplay to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."

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