April 24 Events
1479 BC - Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut. 1183 BC - Traditional reckoning of the Fall of Troy marking the end of the legendary Trojan War, given by chief librarian of the Library of Alexandria Erastothenes, among others. 1547 - Battle of Mühlberg. Duke of Alba, commanding Spanish-Imperial forces of Charles I of Spain, defeats the troops of Schmalkaldic League. 1558 - Mary, Queen of Scots, marries the Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris. 1704 - The first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, The Boston News-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". 1877 - Russo-Turkish War: Russian Empire declares war on Ottoman Empire. 1885 - American sharpshooter Annie Oakley is hired by Nate Salsbury to be a part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West. 1895 - Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail single-handedly around the world, sets sail from Boston, Massachusetts aboard the sloop "Spray". 1913 - The Woolworth Building, a skyscraper in New York City, is opened. 1914 - The Franck–Hertz experiment, a pillar of quantum mechanics, is presented to the German Physical Society. 1915 - The arrest of 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Istanbul marks the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. 1916 - Easter Rising: Irish rebels, led by Patrick Pearse and James Connolly, launch an uprising in Dublin against British rule and proclaim an Irish Republic. 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 the crew of the sunken. 1918 - World War I: First tank-to-tank combat, during the second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux. Three British Mark IVs meet three German A7Vs. 1922 - The first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, comes into operation. 1926 - The Treaty of Berlin is signed. Germany and the Soviet Union each pledge neutrality in the event of an attack on the other by a third party for the next five years. 1932 - Benny Rothman leads the mass trespass of Kinder Scout, leading to substantial legal reforms in the United Kingdom. 1933 - Nazi Germany begins its persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses by shutting down the Watch Tower Society office in Magdeburg. 1944 - World War II: The SBS launches a raid against the garrison of Santorini in Greece. 1953 - Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. 1955 - The Bandung Conference ends: Twenty-nine non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa finish a meeting that condemns colonialism, racism, and the Cold War. 1957 - Suez Crisis: The Suez Canal is reopened following the introduction of UNEF peacekeepers to the region. 1963 - Marriage of Princess Alexandra of Kent to Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey in London. 1965 - Civil war breaks out in the Dominican Republic when Colonel Francisco Caamaño overthrows the triumvirate that had been in power since the coup d'état against Juan Bosch. 1967 - Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when its parachute fails to open. He is the first human to die during a space mission. 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". 1970 - China launches , becoming the fifth nation to put an object into orbit using its own booster. Dong Fang Hong I 1970 - The Gambia becomes a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations, with Dawda Jawara as its first President. 1980 - Eight U.S. servicemen die in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis. 1990 - STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery. 1990 - Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine. 1993 - An IRA bomb devastates the Bishopsgate area of London. 1996 - In the United States, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 is passed into law. 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. 2005 - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI. 2011 - WikiLeaks starts publishing the Guantanamo Bay files leak. 2013 - A building collapses near Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,129 people and injuring 2,500 others. 2013 - Violence in Bachu County, Kashgar Prefecture, of China's Xinjiang results in death of 21 people. Births 1086 - Ramiro II of Aragon 1492 - Sabina of Bavaria, Bavarian duchess and noblewoman 1532 - Thomas Lucy, English politician 1533 - William I of Orange, founding father of the Netherlands 1538 - Guglielmo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua 1545 - Henry Wriothesley, 2nd Earl of Southampton, English Earl 1562 - Xu Guangqi, Ming Dynasty Chinese politician, scholar and lay Catholic leader 1581 - Vincent de Paul, French priest and saint 1608 - Gaston, Duke of Orléans, third son of King Henry IV of France 1620 - John Graunt, English demographer and statistician 1706 - Giovanni Battista Martini, Italian pianist and composer 1718 - Nathaniel Hone the Elder, Irish-English painter and educator 1743 - Edmund Cartwright, English clergyman and engineer, invented the power loom 1784 - Peter Vivian Daniel, American lawyer and jurist 1815 - Anthony Trollope, English novelist, essayist, and short story writer 1823 - Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada, Mexican politician, President of Mexico 1845 - Carl Spitteler, Swiss poet and author, Nobel Prize laureate 1856 - Philippe Pétain, French general and politician, 119th Prime Minister of France 1860 - Queen Marau, last Queen of Tahiti 1862 - Tomitaro Makino, Japanese botanist 1868 - Sandy Herd, Scottish golfer 1876 - Erich Raeder, German admiral 1878 - Jean Crotti, Swiss-French painter 1879 - Susanna Bokoyni, Hungarian-American circus performer 1880 - Gideon Sundback, Swedish-American engineer and businessman, developed the zipper 1880 - Josef Müller, Croatian entomologist 1882 - Hugh Dowding, 1st Baron Dowding, Scottish-English air marshal 1885 - Thomas Cronan, American triple jumper 1885 - Con Walsh, Irish-Canadian hammer thrower and footballer 1887 - Denys Finch Hatton, English hunter 1888 - Pe Maung Tin, Burma-based scholar and educator 1889 - Stafford Cripps, English academic and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1889 - Lyubov Popova, Russian painter and academic 1897 - Manuel Ávila Camacho, Mexican colonel and politician, 45th President of Mexico 1897 - Benjamin Lee Whorf, American linguist, anthropologist, and engineer 1899 - Oscar Zariski, Russian-American mathematician and academic 1900 - Elizabeth Goudge, English author and educator 1903 - José Antonio Primo de Rivera, Spanish lawyer and politician, founded the Falange 1904 - Willem de Kooning, Dutch-American painter and educator 1905 - Al Bates, American long jumper 1905 - Robert Penn Warren, American novelist, poet, and literary critic 1906 - William Joyce, American-born Irish-British Nazi propaganda broadcaster 1906 - Mimi Smith, English nurse 1907 - Gabriel Figueroa, Mexican cinematographer 1908 - Marceline Day, American actress 1908 - Inga Gentzel, Swedish runner 1908 - Józef Gosławski, Polish sculptor 1912 - Ruth Osburn, American discus thrower 1913 - Dieter Grau, German-American scientist and engineer 1914 - William Castle, American director, producer, and screenwriter 1914 - Phil Watson, Canadian ice hockey player and coach 1914 - Justin Wilson, American chef and author 1916 - Lou Thesz, American wrestler and trainer 1919 - David Blackwell, American mathematician and academic 1919 - Glafcos Clerides, Cypriot lawyer and politician, 4th President of Cyprus 1920 - Gino Valenzano, Italian race car driver 1922 - Marc-Adélard Tremblay, Canadian anthropologist and academic 1923 - Gus Bodnar, Canadian ice hockey player and coach 1923 - Doris Burn, American author and illustrator 1924 - Clement Freud, German-English radio host, academic, and politician 1924 - Ruth Kobart, American actress and singer 1925 - Franco Leccese, Italian sprinter 1926 - Marilyn Erskine, American actress 1926 - Thorbjörn Fälldin, Swedish farmer and politician, 27th Prime Minister of Sweden 1927 - Josy Barthel, Luxembourgian runner and politician, Luxembourgian Minister for Energy 1928 - Tommy Docherty, Scottish footballer and manager 1928 - Johnny Griffin, American saxophonist 1928 - Anahit Perikhanian, Russian-born Armenian Iranologist 1929 - Dr. Rajkumar, Indian actor and singer 1930 - Jerome Callet, American instrument designer, educator, and author 1930 - Richard Donner, American actor, director, and producer 1930 - José Sarney, Brazilian lawyer and politician, 31st President of Brazil 1931 - Abdelhamid Kermali, Algerian footballer and manager 1931 - Bridget Riley, English painter and illustrator 1934 - Jayakanthan, Indian journalist and author 1934 - Shirley MacLaine, American actress, singer, and dancer 1936 - David Crombie, Canadian educator and politician, 56th Mayor of Toronto 1936 - Jill Ireland, English actress 1937 - Joe Henderson, American saxophonist and composer 1940 - Sue Grafton, American author 1941 - Richard Holbrooke, American journalist, banker, and diplomat, 22nd United States Ambassador to the United Nations 1941 - John Williams, Australian-English guitarist and composer 1942 - Richard M. Daley, American lawyer and politician, 54th Mayor of Chicago 1942 - Barbra Streisand, American singer, actress, activist, and producer 1943 - Richard Sterban, American country & gospel bass singer 1943 - Gordon West, English footballer 1944 - Peter Cresswell, English judge 1944 - Maarja Nummert, Estonian architect 1944 - Tony Visconti, American record producer, musician and singer 1945 - Doug Clifford, American drummer and songwriter 1946 - Doug Christie, Canadian lawyer and activist 1947 - Josep Borrell, Spanish engineer and politician, 22nd President of the European Parliament 1947 - João Braz de Aviz, Brazilian cardinal 1947 - Claude Dubois, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist 1947 - Denise Kingsmill, Baroness Kingsmill, New Zealand-English lawyer and politician 1947 - Roger D. Kornberg, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate 1948 - Paul Cellucci, American soldier and politician, 69th Governor of Massachusetts 1948 - Eliana Gil, Ecuadorian-American psychiatrist, therapist, and author 1949 - Eddie Hart, American sprinter 1949 - Véronique Sanson, French singer-songwriter and producer 1950 - Rob Hyman, American singer-songwriter and musician 1951 - Ron Arad, Israeli architect and academic 1951 - Christian Bobin, French author and poet 1951 - Nigel Harrison, English bass player and songwriter 1951 - Enda Kenny, Irish educator and politician, 13th Taoiseach of Ireland 1952 - Jean Paul Gaultier, French fashion designer 1952 - Ralph Winter, American film producer 1953 - Eric Bogosian, American actor and writer 1954 - Mumia Abu-Jamal, American journalist, activist, and convicted murderer 1954 - Jack Blades, American singer-songwriter and bass player 1955 - Marion Caspers-Merk, German politician 1955 - John de Mol Jr., Dutch businessman, co-founded Endemol 1955 - Eamon Gilmore, Irish trade union leader and politician, 25th Tánaiste of Ireland 1955 - Margaret Moran, British politician and criminal 1955 - Guy Nève, Belgian race car driver 1955 - Michael O'Keefe, American actor 1955 - Bill Osborne, New Zealand rugby player 1956 - James A. Winnefeld, Jr., American admiral 1957 - Nazir Ahmed, Baron Ahmed, Pakistani-English businessman and politician 1958 - Brian Paddick, English police officer and politician 1959 - Paula Yates, British-Australian television host and author 1961 - Andrew Murrison, English physician and politician, Minister for International Security Strategy 1962 - Clemens Binninger, German politician 1962 - Stuart Pearce, English footballer, coach, and manager 1962 - Steve Roach, Australian rugby league player, coach, and sportscaster 1963 - Paula Frazer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1963 - Billy Gould, American bass player, songwriter, and producer 1963 - Mano Solo, French singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer 1964 - Helga Arendt, German sprinter 1964 - Cedric the Entertainer, American comedian, actor, and producer 1964 - Djimon Hounsou, Beninese-American actor and producer 1964 - Witold Smorawiński, Polish guitarist, composer, and educator 1965 - Jeff Jackson, Canadian ice hockey player and manager 1966 - Pierre Brassard, Canadian comedian and actor 1966 - Alessandro Costacurta, Italian footballer, coach, and manager 1966 - David Usher, English-Canadian singer-songwriter 1967 - Dino Rađa, Croatian basketball player 1967 - Omar Vizquel, Venezuelan-American baseball player and coach 1968 - Aidan Gillen, Irish actor 1968 - Todd Jones, American baseball player 1968 - Roxanna Panufnik, English composer 1968 - Hashim Thaçi, Kosovan soldier and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Kosovo 1969 - Elias Atmatsidis, Greek footballer 1969 - Rory McCann, Scottish actor 1969 - Eilidh Whiteford, Scottish academic and politician 1970 - Damien Fleming, Australian cricketer, coach, and sportscaster 1971 - Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lankan cricketer and umpire 1971 - Mauro Pawlowski, Belgian singer-songwriter and guitarist 1972 - Rab Douglas, Scottish footballer 1972 - Chipper Jones, American baseball player 1972 - Jure Košir, Slovenian skier and singer 1973 - Gabby Logan, English gymnast, television and radio host 1973 - Damon Lindelof, American screenwriter and producer 1973 - Brian Marshall, American bass player and songwriter 1973 - Eric Snow, American basketball player and coach 1973 - Sachin Tendulkar, Indian cricketer 1973 - Toomas Tohver, Estonian footballer 1973 - Lee Westwood, English golfer 1974 - Eric Kripke, American director, producer, and screenwriter 1974 - Stephen Wiltshire, English illustrator 1975 - Dejan Savić, Yugoslavian and Serbian water polo player 1976 - Steve Finnan, Irish international footballer 1976 - Frédéric Niemeyer, Canadian tennis player and coach 1977 - Carlos Beltrán, Puerto Rican-American baseball player 1977 - Diego Placente, Argentine footballer 1978 - Diego Quintana, Argentine footballer 1980 - Fernando Arce, Mexican footballer 1980 - Karen Asrian, Armenian chess player 1981 - Taylor Dent, American tennis player 1981 - Yuko Nakanishi, Japanese swimmer 1982 - Kelly Clarkson, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress 1982 - David Oliver, American hurdler 1982 - Simon Tischer, German volleyball player 1983 - Hanna Melnychenko, Ukrainian heptathlete 1985 - Mike Rodgers, American sprinter 1986 - Aaron Cunningham, American baseball player 1987 - Ben Howard, English singer-songwriter and guitarist 1987 - Kris Letang, Canadian ice hockey player 1987 - Rein Taaramäe, Estonian cyclist 1987 - Jan Vertonghen, Belgian international footballer 1987 - Varun Dhawan, Indian actor 1989 - Elīna Babkina, Latvian basketball player 1989 - David Boudia, American diver 1989 - Taja Mohorčič, Slovenian tennis player 1990 - Kim Tae-ri, South Korean actress 1990 - Jan Veselý, Czech basketball player 1991 - Sigrid Agren, French-Swedish model 1991 - Morgan Ciprès, French figure skater 1991 - Batuhan Karadeniz, Turkish footballer 1992 - Joe Keery, American actor 1992 - Laura Kenny, English cyclist 1993 - Ben Davies, Welsh international footballer 1994 - Jordan Fisher, American singer, dancer, and actor 1994 - Caspar Lee, British-South African Youtuber 1996 - Ashleigh Barty, Australian tennis player 1997 - Lydia Ko, New Zealand golfer 1997 - Veronika Kudermetova, Russian tennis player 1998 - Ryan Newman, American actress 1999 - Jerry Jeudy, American football player Deaths 624 - Mellitus, saint and archbishop of Canterbury 1149 - Petronille de Chemillé, abbess of Fontevrault 1288 - Gertrude of Austria 1338 - Theodore I, Marquess of Montferrat 1479 - Jorge Manrique, Spanish poet 1513 - Şehzade Ahmet, Ottoman prince 1617 - Concino Concini, Italian-French politician, Prime Minister of France 1622 - Fidelis of Sigmaringen, German friar and saint 1656 - Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician and physicist 1731 - Daniel Defoe, English journalist, novelist, and spy 1748 - Anton thor Helle, German-Estonian clergyman and translator 1779 - Eleazar Wheelock, American minister and academic, founded Dartmouth College 1794 - Axel von Fersen the Elder, Swedish field marshal and politician 1852 - Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet and translator 1889 - Zulma Carraud, French author 1891 - Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, German field marshal 1924 - G. Stanley Hall, American psychologist and academic 1931 - David Kldiashvili, Georgian author and playwright 1935 - Anastasios Papoulas, Greek general 1938 - George Grey Barnard, American sculptor 1939 - Louis Trousselier, French cyclist 1941 - Karin Boye, Swedish author and poet 1942 - Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author 1944 - Charles Jordan, American magician 1945 - Ernst-Robert Grawitz, German physician 1947 - Hans Biebow, German SS officer 1947 - Willa Cather, American novelist, short story writer, and poet 1948 - Jāzeps Vītols, Latvian composer 1954 - Guy Mairesse, French race car driver 1960 - Max von Laue, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate 1961 - Lee Moran, American actor, director and screenwriter 1962 - Milt Franklyn, American composer 1964 - Gerhard Domagk, German pathologist and bacteriologist 1965 - Louise Dresser, American actress 1966 - Simon Chikovani, Georgian poet and author 1967 - Vladimir Komarov, Russian pilot, engineer, and astronaut 1967 - Robert Richards, Australian politician, 32nd Premier of South Australia 1968 - Walter Tewksbury, American athlete 1970 - Otis Spann, American singer and pianist 1972 - Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter 1974 - Bud Abbott, American comedian and producer 1975 - Pete Ham, Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist 1976 - Mark Tobey, American-Swiss painter and educator 1980 - Alejo Carpentier, Swiss-Cuban musicologist and author 1982 - Ville Ritola, Finnish runner 1983 - Erol Güngör, Turkish sociologist, psychologist, and academic 1983 - Rolf Stommelen, German race car driver 1984 - Rafael Pérez y Pérez, Spanish author 1993 - Oliver Tambo, South African lawyer and activist 1993 - Tran Duc Thao, Vietnamese philosopher and theorist 1995 - Lodewijk Bruckman, Dutch painter 1997 - Allan Francovich, American director and producer 1997 - Pat Paulsen, American comedian and activist 1997 - Eugene Stoner, American engineer, designed the AR-15 rifle 2001 - Josef Peters, German race car driver 2001 - Johnny Valentine, American wrestler 2002 - Lucien Wercollier, Luxembourgian sculptor 2004 - José Giovanni, French-Swiss director and producer 2004 - Estée Lauder, American businesswoman, co-founded Estée Lauder Companies 2005 - Ezer Weizman, Israeli general and politician, 7th President of Israel 2005 - Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist and academic 2006 - Brian Labone, English footballer 2006 - Moshe Teitelbaum, Romanian-American rabbi and author 2008 - Jimmy Giuffre, American clarinet player, and saxophonist, and composer 2011 - Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru and philanthropist 2014 - Hans Hollein, Austrian architect, designed Haas House 2014 - Sandy Jardine, Scottish footballer and manager 2014 - Shobha Nagi Reddy, Indian politician 2014 - Tadeusz Różewicz, Polish poet and playwright 2015 - Władysław Bartoszewski, Polish journalist and politician, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs 2016 - Tommy Kono, American weightlifter and coach 2017 - Robert Pirsig, American author and philosopher Holidays and observances Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day Christian feast day: *Benedict Menni *Dermot of Armagh *Dyfnan of Anglesey *Ecgberht of Ripon *Fidelis of Sigmaringen *Gregory of Elvira *Ivo of Ramsey *Johann Walter *Mary of Clopas *Mary Euphrasia Pelletier *Mellitus *Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur *Salome *Wilfrid *William Firmatus *April 24 Concord Day Democracy Day Earliest day on which Arbor Day can fall, while April 30 is the latest; celebrated on the last Friday in April. Earliest day on which Turkmen Racing Horse Festival can fall, while April 30 is the latest; celebrated on the last Sunday in April. Fashion Revolution Day, and its related observances: *Labour Safety Day Kapyong Day National Panchayati Raj Day St Mark's Eve Republic Day World Day for Laboratory Animals
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