Events in History on April 24

  • 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).
  • 858 Nicholas I succeeds Benedict III as pope
  • 1066 Halley's Comet sparks English monk to predict country will be destroyed
  • 1185 Battle at Danoura: Yoshitsune Minamoto's fleet beats the Taira during Japan's Genpei War
  • 1288 Jews of Troyes France are accused of ritual murder
  • 1311 General Malik Kafur returns to Delhi after campaign in South India
  • 1364 Pope Urban V names John V van Virneburg as Bishop of Utrecht
  • 1524 Duke of Bourbon drives Admiral Bonnivet out of Milan
  • 1547 Battle of Muhlberg: Emperor Karel V vs ruler Johan F the Brave
  • 1570 Battles between Spanish troops & followers of Sultan Suleiman
  • 1596 Pacificatie of Ireland drawn
  • 1704 "Boston News-Letter" 1st successful newspaper in US, forms
  • 1792 "La Marseillaise" composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle
  • 1800 US Library of Congress establishes with $5,000 allocation
  • 1801 1st performance of Joseph Haydn's oratorio "Die Jahreszeiten"
  • 1833 Jacob Evert & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain
  • 1863 Skirmish at Okolona/Birmingham, Mississippi (Grierson's Raid)
  • 1865 Fire alarm & police telegraph system put into operation (SF)
  • 1867 Black demonstrators stage ride-ins on Richmond Va streetcars
  • 1872 Volcano Mt Vesuvius erupts
  • 1877 Last federal occupying troops withdraw from the South (New Orleans)
  • 1877 Russo-Turkish War, 1877-1878: Russia declares war on the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1883 28 Surinamers depart to Amsterdam World's Fair
  • 1884 National Medical Association of Black physicians organizes (Atlanta)

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1888 Eastman Kodak founded by George Eastman

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman
  • 1891 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Final Problem"
  • 1895 Joshua Slocum completes around-the-world voyage in 11-m boat
  • 1897 1st reporter, William Price (Washington Star), assigned to White House
  • 1898 US fleet under commodore Dewey sails from Hong Kong to Philippines
  • 1898 Spanish-American War: Spain declares war after rejecting US ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba

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1899 Transvaal British Uitlanders ask Queen Victoria for aid

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • 1901 1st AL game, Chic beats Cleve Blues 8-2, 3 other games rained out
  • 1904 President Loubet of France visits King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and pointedly ignores the Pope, exacerbating relations between France and the Roman Catholic Church

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1907 Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened.

Chocolate Tycoon Milton S. Hershey
Chocolate Tycoon
Milton S. Hershey
  • 1908 Mr & Mrs Jacob Murdock become 1st to travel across US by car, they leave LA in a Packard & arrive in NYC in 32d-5h-25m
  • 1909 Harry Hillman & Lawson Robertson run 100m 3-legged race in 11 seconds
  • 1910 German Catholic youth movement Quickborn forms
  • 1913 Skyscraper, the Woolworth Building in New York City is opened - world's tallest building at the time
  • 1914 A shipment of 35,000 rifles and 5 million rounds of ammunition are landed at Larne for the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF, an Ulster loyalist paramilitary group in Northern Ireland
  • 1915 German army fires chloroform gas in Ieper
  • 1915 Massacre of Armenians by Turks starts (Armenian Martyrs Day)
  • 1915 Pitts' Frank Allen no-hits St Louis (Federal League), 2-0

Victory in battleEaster Proclamation of 1916

1916 Easter Rising of Irish republicans against British occupation begins in Dublin

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1916 Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition launch a lifeboat from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean to organise a rescue for ice-trapped ship Endurance

Polar Explorer Ernest Shackleton
Polar Explorer
Ernest Shackleton
  • 1917 US Congress passes the Liberty Loan Act, authorizing the Treasury to issue a public subscription for 2 billion in bonds for the war
  • 1920 British Mandate over Palestine goes into effect (lasts 28 years)
  • 1920 Polish troops attack Ukraine
  • 1921 1st municipal elections for men & women in Belgium
  • 1921 Under Allies supervision, a plebiscite in the Tyrol favors merging with Germany; unhappy with the outcome, Allies give the area to Italy
  • 1923 General harbor strike begins in NYC
  • 1925 88°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in April
  • 1928 Fathometer, which measures underwater depth, patented
  • 1929 1st non-stop England to India flight takes-off
  • 1929 Thorvald Stauning becomes premier of Denmark
  • 1932 German national election (NSDAP 36.3% in Prussia)
  • 1941 British army begins evacuation of Greece
  • 1941 Dutch Prince Bernhard becomes an RAF pilot
  • 1942 2nd night Exeter bombed by German Luftwaffe
  • 1944 1st Boeing B-29 arrives in China "over the Hump"
  • 1945 Delegates of 46 countries gather in SF (to discuss UN)
  • 1946 11 players Tinker, Evers, Chance, Burkett, McCarthy, Waddell, Plank, Walsh, Chesbro, Griffith, & McGinnity are named to Hall of Fame
  • 1949 3rd Tony Awards: Death of a Salesman & Kiss Me Kate win
  • 1950 Independent republic of South Molukkas declared
  • 1950 US President Harry Truman denies there are communists in the US government
  • 1950 Jordan formally annexes the West Bank

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1953 Winston Churchill knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1954 1st American, civilian pilot, P.R. Holden, wounded in Indochina
  • 1954 Australia & USSR break diplomatic relations
  • 1955 Conference of Bandung against colonialism/for self determination, ends
  • 1955 Gaullists lose elections in France
  • 1956 AL ump Frank Umont is 1st to wear glasses in a regular season game
  • 1960 14th Tony Awards: Miracle Worker & Fiorello! win
  • 1960 Heavy earthquake strikes South Persia, 500 killed
  • 1960 Record 4 grand slams hit today

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1961 JFK accepts "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

CommunicationThe Sinking of the Vasa

1961 17th century Swedish warship Vasa, which sunk on her maiden voyage in 1628, is salvaged

  • 1962 1st Lockheed A-12 is taxi tested
  • 1962 MIT sends TV signal by satellite for 1st time: CA to MA
  • 1962 Sandy Koufax's 2nd 18-strikeout game
  • 1963 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1964 Mexico becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1965 Military coup under Donald Reid Cabral in Dominican Republic
  • 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."
  • 1968 Leftist students take over Columbia University, NYC
  • 1968 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1968 Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations.
  • 1969 Marshall Lin Biao named Mao's designated successor as the sole Vice Chairman of the Communist Party of China
  • 1969 Lebanese army in battle with Palestinians
  • 1969 US B-52's drop 3,000 ton bombs at Cambodian boundary
  • 1969 Car firm British Leyland launch the Austin Maxi in Oporto Portugal
  • 1969 Loyalist members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the Ulster Protestant Volunteers (UPV) explode a bomb at a water pipeline between Lough Neagh and Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1970 China PR launches its 1st satellite transmitting song "East is Red"
  • 1970 Gambia becomes a republic within Commonwealth
  • 1971 "Frank Merriwell" opens and closes at Longacre Theater NYC (1 performance only)
  • 1971 Soyuz 10 returns to Earth
  • 1974 Dutch women hockey team becomes world champion
  • 1975 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1979 Rhodesian bishop Muzorewa wins general election
  • 1980 US military operation to save 52 hostages in Iran, fails, 8 die
  • 1981 US ends grain embargo against USSR

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1982 150 Khomeini followers assault student dormitory in West Germany

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1982 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Mike Durbin
  • 1983 Austrian socialist party loses parliamentary election
  • 1985 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carolyn Lizer for "Yin"

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1987 Howard Stern holds a free speech rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, NYC

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1989 10s of thousands of student strikes in Beijing, China
  • 1989 Massachusetts declares today "New Kids on the Block Day"
  • 1990 Brian Friel's "Dancing at Lughnasa" premieres in Dublin
  • 1990 Security law violator Michael Milken pleads guilty to 6 felonies
  • 1990 US 66th manned space mission STS 31 (Discovery 10) launches into orbit
  • 1990 West & East Germany agree to merge currency & economies on July 1st
  • 1990 Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine.
  • 1991 Freddie Stowers is awarded the posthumous Medal of Honor for which he had been recommended in 1918.
  • 1992 Vinson Pike fined £1000 for distributing obscene computer pictures
  • 1993 The IRA explodes a 1000kg car bomb in Bishopsgate, London, killing a news photographer and injuring 44 others
  • 1993 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by George Branham
  • 1994 Armando Calderon Sol wins El Salvador presidential election
  • 1994 Bomb attack in center of Johannesburg, 9 killed
  • 1995 Dow Jones Index hits record 4303.98
  • 1995 Package bomb, linked to Unabomber, blows up killing Gilbert B Murray
  • 1996 The UNand Iraq end a third round of negotiations over Iraq's possible sale of $1 billion of oil for 90 days for a 180-day trial period
  • 2004 The United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.

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2005 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 2006 King Gyanendra of Nepal gives into the demands of protesters and restores the parliament that he dissolved in 2002.
  • 2007 Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime.
  • 2013 33 people are killed and 115 are injured after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes Jalalabad, Afghanistan
  • 2013 256 people are killed and 1,000 are injured after a building collapses Savar Upazila, Bangladesh
  • 2015 Armenia commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire