#TodayInHistory – September 24
September 24 – Some important events on this day.
1180 👉🏼 Manuel I Komnenos, last Emperor of the Komnenian restoration dies. The Byzantine Empire slips into terminal decline.
1493 👉🏼 Christopher Columbus embarks on his 2nd expedition to the New World, setting sail with a fleet of 17 ships
1529 👉🏼 Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his Ottoman troops arrive in Vienna, beginning of the siege
1657 👉🏼 1st autopsy and coroner’s jury verdict is recorded in Maryland
1789 👉🏼 US Federal Judiciary Act passes, creating a six-person Supreme Court
1869 👉🏼 Black Friday: Wall St panic after Gould & Fisk attempt to corner gold
1877 👉🏼 Battle of Shiroyama, decisive victory of the Imperial Japanese Army over the Satsuma Rebellion
1890 👉🏼 The President of the Latter-day Saints Wilford Woodruff issues a manifesto advising members that the teaching and practice of polygamy should be abandoned
1950 👉🏼 Operation Magic Carpet concludes after having transported 45,000 Yemenite Jews to Israel.
Between 1959 and 1950, some 49,000 Jews living in Yemen, as well as some from Djibouti, Eritrea and Saudi Arabia, were transported from their home countries to the newly founded state of Israel. This was part of a process known as aaliyah, which is the immigration of Jewish diaspora to the Land of Israel.
There were a number of other reasons for the exodus, including hostility in Yemen, economic crisis, famine and persecution, as well as a sense of religious duty in going to Israel. As rumors spread among the Jewish population that Israel would be airlifting Jews out of the country, many thousands journeyed to the port city of Aden, some walking for weeks on foot through the desert.
The operation concluded by late 1950. In 2013, only about 250 Jews still lived in Yemen. Part of the requirement of leaving was to sell your house and possessions before moving to Israel. Once a Yemeni Jew had left Yemen, they were forbidden from returning, making communication with any remaining family members difficult.
2018 👉🏼 Ebola virus has caused 69 deaths and sickened 150 people according to Ministry of Heath in Democratic Republic of Congo