What Happened on April 24

Historical Events

  • 1479 BC Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty).
  • 1184 BC The Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse (traditional date).
  • 1877 Russo-Turkish War, 1877-1878: Russia declares war on the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1898 Spanish-American War: Spain declares war after rejecting US ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba
  • 1916 Easter Rising of Irish republicans against British occupation begins in Dublin
  • 1967 Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had "gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily."
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Did You Know?

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On April 24, 1704

Famous Weddings

  • 1558 Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland marries French crown prince Francois
  • 1575 William (the Silent) of Orange marries 3rd wife Charlotte de Bourbon and former French nun
  • 1854 Austria's Franz Joseph I marries Elisabeth A E "Sissi"
  • 1874 Outlaw Jesse James marries cousin Zerelda 'Zee' Mimms
  • 1963 English princess Alexandra marries Sir Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey

Famous Divorces

  • 2007 Recording artist and the most-awarded female act of all-time Whitney Houston (43) divorces R&B singer-songwriter Bobby Brown (38) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage
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