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Today In History

Here is what happened
on Monday - April 24th...

History,  n.  One darn thing after another.

      Famous People Born On This Day In History...

1620John Graunt, statistician, founded the science of demography.
      Today, this person is/would be 397 years old.
1904Willem de Kooning, abstract expressionist painter.
      Today, this person is/would be 113 years old.
1934Shirley MacLaine, dancer actor, New Age writer.
      Today, this person is/would be 83 years old.
1942Barbra Streisand, singer, profile.
      Today, this person is/would be 75 years old.

      Events On This Day In History...

1479BCE. Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut, according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty.
1184BCE. Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse, traditional date.
858Nicholas I "the Great" is elected Roman Catholic pope.
1558Mary Queen of Scots marries the Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris.
1704The first regular newspaper in the United States, the Boston Massachusetts New-Letter, is published.
1800The US 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".
1833A patent is granted for the first soda fountain.
1862American 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.
1877Russo-Turkish War, 1877–1878: Russia declares war on Ottoman Empire.
1907Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey, for the exclusive use of his employees is opened.
1913The skyscraper Woolworth Building in New York City is opened.
1915The Armenian Genocide starts with the deportation and murder of the Ottoman Armenian intellectuals.
1916Easter Rising begins: The Irish Republican Brotherhood led by nationalists Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, and Joseph Plunkett start a rebellion in Ireland.
1953Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom for his service and the UK leader during World War II.
1955Bandung Conference ends: Twenty-nine non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa finish a meeting that condemned colonialism, racism, and the Cold War.
1961Bob Dylan earns a $50 session fee for playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte's "Midnight Special." It was his recording debut.
1961The 17th century Swedish ship Vasa is salvaged.
1963Marriage of Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Kent to Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey in London.
1964Mexico becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
1965Civil war breaks out in the Dominican Republic when civilians lead by some members of the armed forces, including Colonel Francisco Caamaño, overthrow the triumvirate that was in power since the coup d'état on Juan Bosch, who was legally elected president in 1963.
1967Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1, when the parachute fails to open. He was the first human to die during a space mission.
1967Vietnam 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."
1968Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations.
1970The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched.
1970Gambia becomes a republic within the British Commonwealth of Nations, with Dawda Jawara as the first President.
1975The Baader-Meinhof Gang blow up the West German embassy in Stockholm.
1979"Georgia on My Mind" is adopted as the official state song of the US state of Georgia, a month after it is performed before a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly by Ray Charles.
1981The first IBM PC is introduced.
1990The Hubble space telescope is put into orbit by the space shuttle Discovery.
1990Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of anthrax after 48 years of quarantine.
1993An IRA bomb devastates the Bishopsgate area of City of London.
2004US lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya, 18 years previously as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.
2005German-born Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a former Nazi, is officially inaugurated in a Vatican ceremony as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
2006King Gyanendra of Nepal gives into the demands of protesters and restores the parliament which he dissolved in 2002.

      And Don't Forget...

                        Rattle snake derby, a snake racing contest, begins in Mangum, Oklahoma. A lawyer won last year

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