On This Day

What Happened on April 24

Important 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, 1877-78: 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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Apr 24 in Film & TV

  • 1962 Massachusetts Institute of Technology sends TV signal by satellite for 1st time: California to Massachusetts

Apr 24 in Music

  • 2018 Streaming music services overtake worldwide sales of CDs and vinyl for the first time according to IFPI

Apr 24 in Sport


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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

On April 24, 1908

Famous Weddings

  • 1558 Mary, Queen of Scots (15) marries French dauphin Francis (14) at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris
  • 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"

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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