On This Day

On This Day in History for April 24 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1990 Brian Friel's play "Dancing at Lughnasa" premieres in Dublin (Tony Award Best Play)
  • 1990 Security law violator Michael Milken pleads guilty to 6 felonies
  • 1990 STS-31 launches, the 35th mission of the US Space Shuttle program, carrying the Hubble space telescope
  • 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 UN and 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 United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years ago, as reward for cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction

BeatificationPapal Inauguration

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 Deadliest structural failure in history when 1,134, mostly garment workers killed and 2,500 injured after the Rana Plaza building collapses in Savar Upazila, Bangladesh
  • 2015 Armenia commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 US President Donald Trump hosts his first state dinner for visiting French President Emmanuel Macron

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
  • 2018 Suffragist Millicent Fawcett is the first woman to have a statue erected in Parliament Square, London, England
  • 2018 Golden State Killer suspect Joseph DeAngelo arrested and charged with eight murders after being identified through genealogy websites
  • 2021 At least 82 COVID-19 patients die in a fire at Ibn Khatib hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, with 100 more injured

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2021 Joe Biden becomes the first US President to officially recognize killing of Armenians in the Ottoman empire during WWII as 'genocide'

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden

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