On this day: September 24

Published On: Sep 23 2012 05:39:49 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 24 2014 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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1996: The United States, represented by President Bill Clinton, and the world's other major nuclear powers sign a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty to end all testing and development of nuclear weapons. Despite the number of nations that have signed onto the treaty, it has not yet been put into force, needing ratification by eight more countries -- the U.S., China, Egypt, Iran, Israel, India, North Korea and Pakistan -- before it can go into effect.

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