On This Day in History April 24

April 24 – Events:

  • 1479 BC – Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut.
  • 1184 BC – Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse.
  • 1558 – Mary Queen of Scots marries the Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris.
  • 1704 – The first regular newspaper in the United States, the Boston, Massachusetts New-Letter, is published.
  • 1800 – The United States Library of Congress is established when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress.”
  • 1862 – American Civil War: A flotilla commanded by Union Admiral David Farragut passes two Confederate forts on the Mississippi River on its way to capture New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 1863 – The Keyesville Massacre: a massacre of 53 Native American men from the Tehachapi tribe in Keyesville, California.
  • 1877 – Russia declares war on Ottoman Empire.
  • 1907 – Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey, for the exclusive use of his employees is opened.
  • 1913 – The skyscraper Woolworth Building in New York City was opened.
  • 1915 – The Armenian Genocide began with a massacre of hundreds of prominent Armenians in Constantinople (now Istanbul).
  • 1916 – Easter Rising begins: The Irish Republican Brotherhood led by nationalists Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, and Joseph Plunkett start a rebellion in Ireland.
  • 1918 – First tank to tank combat, at Villers-Bretonneux, France, when three British Mark IVs met three German A7Vs.
  • 1941 – World War II: Operation Demon – The United Kingdom begins evacuating Greece.
  • 1953 – Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
  • 1955 – Bandung Conference ends: Twenty-nine non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa finish a meeting that condemned colonialism, racism, and the Cold War.
  • 1961 – The 17th century Swedish ship Vasa is salvaged.
  • 1963 – Marriage of Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Kent to Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey in London.
  • 1964 – Mexico becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1965 – Civil war breaks out in the Dominican Republic Colonel Francisco Caamaño, overthrows the triumvirate that was in power since the coup d’état against Juan Bosch.
  • 1967 – Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1, when the parachute fails to open. He was the first human to die during a space mission.
  • 1967 – Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference 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 – Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations.
  • 1970 – The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched.
  • 1970 – The Gambia becomes a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations, with Dawda Jawara as the first President.
  • 1975 – The Baader-Meinhof Gang blow up the West German embassy in Stockholm.
  • 1980 – Eight U.S. servicemen died in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempted to end the Iran hostage crisis.
  • 1990 – STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched by the Space Shuttle Discovery.
  • 1990 – Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of anthrax after 48 years of quarantine.
  • 1991 – Freddie Stowers is awarded the posthumous Medal of Honor for which he had been recommended in 1918.
  • 1993 – The 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act came into force establishing Panchayati Raj system in India.
  • 1993 – An IRA bomb devastates the Bishopsgate area of City of London.
  • 2004 – US lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.
  • 2005 – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
  • 2006 – King Gyanendra of Nepal gives into the demands of protesters and restores the parliament he dissolved in 2002.

April 24 – Birthdays:

  • 1533 – William I of Orange (d. 1584)
  • 1581 – Vincent de Paul, French saint (d. 1660)
  • 1620 – John Graunt, English statistician and founder of the science of demography (d. 1674)
  • 1706 – Giovanni Battista Martini, Italian musician (d. 1780)
  • 1718 – Nathaniel Hone, Irish-born painter (d. 1784)
  • 1743 – Edmund Cartwright, British inventor (d. 1823)
  • 1784 – Peter Vivian Daniel, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1860)
  • 1815 – Anthony Trollope, English novelist (d. 1882)
  • 1845 – Carl Spitteler, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1924)
  • 1856 – Henri Philippe Pétain, French soldier and statesman (d. 1951)
  • 1876 – Erich Raeder, German naval commander (d. 1960)
  • 1876 – Ioannis Georgiadis, Greek fencer (d. 1960)
  • 1878 – Jean Crotti, Swiss artist (d. 1958)
  • 1882 – Hugh Dowding, Scottish fighter pilot (d. 1970)
  • 1887 – Denys Finch Hatton, English big-game hunter (d. 1931)
  • 1889 – Stafford Cripps, British politician (d. 1952)
  • 1889 – Lyubov Popova, Russian painter (d. 1924)
  • 1896 – Benjamin Whorf, American linguist (d. 1941)
  • 1897 – Manuel Ávila Camacho, President of Mexico (d. 1955)
  • 1899 – Oscar Zariski, Russian-born mathematician (d. 1986)
  • 1903 – José Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Falange (d. 1936)
  • 1904 – Willem de Kooning, Dutch painter (d. 1997)
  • 1905 – Robert Penn Warren, American poet (d. 1989)
  • 1906 – William Joyce, Irish fascist (d. 1946)
  • 1907 – William Sargant, British psychiatrist (d. 1988)
  • 1908 – Marceline Day, American actor (d. 2000)
  • 1914 – William Castle, American film director and producer (d. 1977)
  • 1916 – Lou Thesz, American professional wrestler (d. 2002)
  • 1922 – J.D. Cannon, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1924 – Sir Clement Freud, British writer, radio personality, and politician
  • 1924 – Ruth Kobart, American actor and singer (d. 2002)
  • 1926 – Thorbjörn Fälldin, Prime Minister of Sweden
  • 1929 – Dr. Rajkumar, Kannada actor
  • 1930 – Jerome Callet, American musician
  • 1930 – Richard Donner, American film director and producer
  • 1933 – Patricia Bosworth, American actor, journalist, writer and biographer
  • 1933 – Claire Davenport, British actress (d. 2002)
  • 1933 – Alan Eagleson, Canadian hockey agent and promoter
  • 1933 – Helmuth Lohner, Austrian actor
  • 1933 – Freddie Scott, American singer
  • 1934 – Shirley MacLaine, American actor and author
  • 1936 – Jill Ireland, British actress (d. 1990)
  • 1937 – Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist (d. 2001)
  • 1940 – Sue Grafton, American author
  • 1941 – John Williams, Australian guitarist
  • 1942 – Richard M. Daley, American politician
  • 1942 – Barbra Streisand, American singer and actor
  • 1945 – Doug Clifford, American drummer
  • 1945 – Robert Knight, American singer
  • 1945 – Doug Riley, Canadian musician (d. 2007)
  • 1945 – Dick Rivers, French singer and actor
  • 1947 – Claude Dubois, Quebec singer and songwriter
  • 1947 – Josep Borrell Fontelles, Former President of the European Parilment
  • 1947 – Roger D. Kornberg, American chemist, Nobel-prized
  • 1948 – Paul Cellucci, 69 Governor of Massachusetts and former United States Ambassador to Canada
  • 1949 – Véronique Sanson, French singer and songwriter
  • 1952 – Jean-Paul Gaultier, French fashion designer
  • 1953 – Eric Bogosian, American actor and writer
  • 1954 – Mumia Abu-Jamal, American death-row inmate
  • 1954 – Captain Sensible, British guitarist
  • 1955 – John de Mol, Dutch media businessman
  • 1957 – David J, British musician
  • 1957 – Boris Williams, British musician
  • 1958 – Valery Lantratov, Russian ballet dancer
  • 1959 – Malcolm Oastler, Australian engineer
  • 1959 – Dave Ridgway, Canadian football player
  • 1960 – Paula Yates, British television presenter (d. 2000)
  • 1962 – Stuart Pearce, English footballer and manager
  • 1962 – Steve Roach, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1963 – Paula Frazer, American singer/songwriter
  • 1963 – Billy Gould, American musician
  • 1963 – Mano Solo, French singer
  • 1963 – Tõnu Trubetsky, Estonian musician
  • 1964 – Cedric the Entertainer, American comedian and actor
  • 1964 – Djimon Hounsou, African-American actor
  • 1965 – Son Chang Min, South Korean actor
  • 1966 – Alessandro Costacurta, Italian footballer
  • 1967 – Omar Vizquel, American baseball player
  • 1968 – Stacy Haiduk, American actress
  • 1968 – Todd Jones, American baseball player
  • 1968 – Yuji Nagata, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1968 – Hashim Thaci, Kosovan politician
  • 1969 – Elias Atmatsidis, Greek footballer
  • 1969 – Melinda Clarke, American actress
  • 1969 – Viveca Paulin, Swedish actress
  • 1970 – Damien Fleming, Australian fast bowler
  • 1971 – Mauro Pawlowski, Belgian guitarist and singer
  • 1972 – Rab Douglas, Scottish footballer
  • 1972 – Nicolas Gill, French Canadian judoka
  • 1972 – Chipper Jones, baseball player
  • 1972 – Jure Košir, Slovenian skier
  • 1973 – Eric Snow, American basketball player
  • 1973 – Sachin Tendulkar, Indian cricketer
  • 1974 – Joseph Bruce, American rapper
  • 1974 – Kristie Krabe, American stage actress
  • 1974 – Derek Luke, American actor
  • 1974 – Brian Marshall, American bassist
  • 1974 – Dave Vitty, British television host
  • 1975 – Sam Doumit, American actress
  • 1976 – Steve Finnan, Irish footballer
  • 1977 – Siarhey Balakhonau, Belarus writer
  • 1977 – Carlos Beltran, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1978 – Eric Balfour, American actor
  • 1978 – Kim Hyun-ju, Korean actress
  • 1980 – Fernando Arce, Mexican footballer
  • 1980 – Austin Nichols, American actor
  • 1981 – Taylor Dent, American tennis player
  • 1982 – Kelly Clarkson, American singer
  • 1983 – Princess Iman bint Al Hussein of Jordan
  • 1984 – Tyson Ritter, American musician
  • 1989 – Akim Aliu, Nigerian hockey player
  • 1991 – Ryan Phillips, Canadian Musician
  • 1998 – Ryan Newman, American actress

April 24 – Deaths:

  • 624 – Mellitus, third Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 709 – Wilfrid, English archbishop and saint
  • 1338 – Marquis Theodore I of Montferrat (b. 1291)
  • 1342 – Pope Benedict XII (b. 1285)
  • 1622 – Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Swiss friar, martyr, and saint (b. 1577)
  • 1656 – Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician and physicist (b. 1561)
  • 1731 – Daniel Defoe, English writer (b. 1660)
  • 1736 – Prince Eugene of Savoy, French-born Austrian general (b. 1663)
  • 1779 – Eleazar Wheelock, American founder of Dartmouth College (b. 1711)
  • 1852 – Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet (b. 1783)
  • 1891 – Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Prussian field marshal (b. 1800)*
  • 1924 – G. Stanley Hall, American psychologist (b. 1844)
  • 1938 – George Grey Barnard, American sculptor (b. 1863)
  • 1939 – Louis Trousselier, French cyclist (b. 1881)
  • 1942 – Karin Boye, Swedish author (b. 1900)
  • 1942 – Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author (b. 1874)
  • 1944 – William Stephens, U.S. political figure (b. 1859)
  • 1945 – Ernst-Robert Grawitz, German physician (b. 1899)
  • 1947 – Willa Cather, American writer (b. 1873)
  • 1947 – Hans Biebow, German war criminal (by execution; b. 1902)
  • 1960 – Max von Laue, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1879)
  • 1964 – Gerhard Domagk, German bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (declined) (b. 1895)
  • 1965 – Louise Dresser, American actress (b. 1878)
  • 1967 – Vladimir Komarov, cosmonaut (b. 1927)
  • 1974 – Bud Abbott, American actor and comedian (b. 1895)
  • 1975 – Pete Ham, Welsh musician and frontman of Badfinger (b. 1947)
  • 1980 – Alejo Carpentier, Cuban writer (b. 1904)
  • 1982 – Ville Ritola, Finnish athlete (b. 1896)
  • 1983 – Rolf Stommelen, German race car driver (b. 1943)
  • 1986 – Wallis Simpson, American wife of Edward, Duke of Windsor (b. 1896)
  • 1993 – Oliver Tambo, South African activist and politician (b. 1917)
  • 1997 – Pat Paulsen, American comedian and politician (b. 1927)
  • 1997 – Eugene Stoner, American engineer and weapons designer (b. 1922)
  • 2001 – Al Hibbler, American singer (b. 1915)
  • 2001 – Leon Sullivan, African-American civil rights leader and pastor (b. 1922)
  • 2004 – Estée Lauder, American cosmetics entrepreneur (b. 1906)
  • 2005 – Ezer Weizman, President of Israel (b. 1924)
  • 2005 – Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist (b. 1910)
  • 2006 – Steve Stavro, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (b. 1927)
  • 2006 – Moshe Teitelbaum, Hassidic rabbi (b. 1914)
  • 2006 – Brian Labone, English footballer (b. 1940)

April 24 – Holidays:

  • Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.
  • Australia – Kapyong Day a day of remembrance for Korean War veterans, named after the Battle of Kapyong in 1951
  • The Gambia – Republic Day in (1970).
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