On this day: September 24

Published On: Sep 23 2012 05:39:49 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 24 2015 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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1948: Comedian and actor Phil Hartman, best known for TV roles on "Saturday Night Live" and "NewsRadio" and for films such as "Houseguest," "Sgt. Bilko" and "Jingle All the Way," is born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He was shot and killed by his wife on May 28, 1998, while he was sleeping in their California home. His wife committed suicide several hours later.


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