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24th of April 1558 EVENT Mary, Queen of Scots, marries the Dauphin of France, Francois, at Notre Dame de Paris.
24th of April 1704 EVENT The first regular newspaper in the United States, the News-Letter, is published in Boston, Massachusetts.
24th of April 1800 EVENT The United States Library of Congress is established when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 USD to purchase "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress".
24th of April 1862 EVENT 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.
24th of April 1877 EVENT Russo-Turkish War: Russian Empire declares war on Ottoman Empire.
24th of April 1898 EVENT The Spanish-American War: The United States declares war on Spain.
24th of April 1904 EVENT The Lithuanian press ban is lifted after almost 40 years.
24th of April 1907 EVENT Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened.
24th of April 1907 EVENT Al Ahly was founded.
24th of April 1913 EVENT The Woolworth Building skyscraper in New York City is opened.
24th of April 1915 EVENT The arrest of 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Istanbul marks the beginning of the alleged Armenian Genocide.
24th of April 1916 EVENT Easter Rising: The Irish Republican Brotherhood led by nationalists Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, and Joseph Plunkett starts a rebellion in Ireland.
24th of April 1916 EVENT 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 ice-trapped ship Endurance.
24th of April 1918 EVENT First tank-to-tank combat, at Villers-Bretonneux, France, when three British Mark IVs met three German A7Vs.
24th of April 1922 EVENT The first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, comes into operation.
24th of April 1926 EVENT 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.
24th of April 1932 EVENT Benny Rothman leads the mass trespass of Kinder Scout, leading to substantial legal reforms in the United Kingdom.
24th of April 1953 EVENT Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
24th of April 1955 EVENT The Bandung Conference ends: 29 non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa finish a meeting that condemns colonialism, racism, and the Cold War.
24th of April 1957 EVENT Suez Crisis: The Suez Canal is reopened following the introduction of UNEF peacekeepers to the region.
24th of April 1963 EVENT Marriage of Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Kent to Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey in London.
24th of April 1965 EVENT Civil war breaks out in the Dominican Republic when Colonel Francisco Caamano, overthrows the triumvirate that had been in power since the coup d'etat against Juan Bosch.
24th of April 1967 EVENT Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when its parachute fails to open. He is the first human to die during a space mission.
24th of April 1967 EVENT 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."
24th of April 1968 EVENT Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations.
24th of April 1970 EVENT The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched.
24th of April 1970 EVENT The Gambia becomes a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations, with Dawda Jawara as the first President.
24th of April 1971 EVENT Soyuz 10 docks with Salyut 1.
24th of April 1980 EVENT Eight U.S. servicemen die in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis.
24th of April 1990 EVENT STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery.
24th of April 1533 BIRTHDAY William I of Orange (d. 1584)
24th of April 1581 BIRTHDAY Vincent de Paul, French saint (d. 1660)
24th of April 1620 BIRTHDAY John Graunt, English statistician and founder of the science of demography (d. 1674)
24th of April 1706 BIRTHDAY Giovanni Battista Martini, Italian musician (d. 1780)
24th of April 1718 BIRTHDAY Nathaniel Hone, Irish-born painter (d. 1784)
24th of April 1743 BIRTHDAY Edmund Cartwright, British inventor (d. 1823)
24th of April 1784 BIRTHDAY Peter Vivian Daniel, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1860)
24th of April 1815 BIRTHDAY Anthony Trollope, English novelist (d. 1882)
24th of April 1845 BIRTHDAY Carl Spitteler, Nobel laureate (d. 1924)
24th of April 1856 BIRTHDAY Henri Philippe Petain, French soldier and statesman (d. 1951)
24th of April 1876 BIRTHDAY Ioannis Georgiadis, Greek fencer (d. 1960)
24th of April 1876 BIRTHDAY Erich Raeder, German naval commander (d. 1960)
24th of April 1878 BIRTHDAY Jean Crotti, Swiss artist (d. 1958)
24th of April 1882 BIRTHDAY Sir Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (d. 1970)
24th of April 1887 BIRTHDAY Denys Finch Hatton, English big-game hunter (d. 1931)
24th of April 1889 BIRTHDAY Stafford Cripps, British politician (d. 1952)
24th of April 1889 BIRTHDAY Lyubov Popova, Russian painter (d. 1924)
24th of April 1896 BIRTHDAY Benjamin Whorf, American linguist (d. 1941)
24th of April 1897 BIRTHDAY Manuel Avila Camacho, President of Mexico (d. 1955)
24th of April 1899 BIRTHDAY Oscar Zariski, Russian-born mathematician (d. 1986)
24th of April 1903 BIRTHDAY Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Falange (d. 1936)
24th of April 1904 BIRTHDAY Willem de Kooning, Dutch painter (d. 1997)
24th of April 1905 BIRTHDAY Robert Penn Warren, American poet (d. 1989)
24th of April 1906 BIRTHDAY William Joyce, Irish fascist (d. 1946)
24th of April 1906 BIRTHDAY Mimi Smith, maternal aunt and guardian of John Lennon (d. 1991)
24th of April 1907 BIRTHDAY William Sargant, British psychiatrist (d. 1988)
24th of April 1908 BIRTHDAY Jozef Gos?awski, Polish sculptor and medallic artist (d. 1963)
24th of April 1908 BIRTHDAY Marceline Day, American actor (d. 2000)
24th of April 1914 BIRTHDAY William Castle, American film director and producer (d. 1977)
24th of April 1914 BIRTHDAY Justin Wilson, American Cajun chef and humorist (d. 2001)
24th of April 1916 BIRTHDAY Lou Thesz, American professional wrestler (d. 2002)
24th of April 1919 BIRTHDAY Glafcos Clerides, President of Cyprus
24th of April 1922 BIRTHDAY J. D. Cannon, American actor (d. 2005)
24th of April 1923 BIRTHDAY Doris Burn, American children's books author and illustrator (d. 2011)
24th of April 1924 BIRTHDAY Sir Clement Freud, British writer, radio personality, and politician (d. 2009)
24th of April 1924 BIRTHDAY Ruth Kobart, American actor and singer (d. 2002)
24th of April 1926 BIRTHDAY Thorbjorn Falldin, Prime Minister of Sweden
24th of April 1929 BIRTHDAY Rajkumar, Kannada actor (d. 2006)
24th of April 1930 BIRTHDAY Richard Donner, American film director and producer
24th of April 1930 BIRTHDAY Jose Sarney, President of Brazil
24th of April 1930 BIRTHDAY Jerome Callet, American musician
24th of April 1933 BIRTHDAY Patricia Bosworth, American actress, journalist, writer and biographer
24th of April 1933 BIRTHDAY Claire Davenport, British actress (d. 2002)
24th of April 1933 BIRTHDAY Helmuth Lohner, Austrian actor
24th of April 1933 BIRTHDAY Freddie Scott, American singer (d. 2007)
24th of April 1933 BIRTHDAY Alan Eagleson, Canadian ice hockey agent and promoter
24th of April 1934 BIRTHDAY Shirley MacLaine, American actor and author
24th of April 1935 BIRTHDAY Tucker Smith, American actor, dancer, and singer (d. 1988)
24th of April 1936 BIRTHDAY Glen Hobbie, American baseball player
24th of April 1936 BIRTHDAY Jill Ireland, British actress (d. 1990)
24th of April 1937 BIRTHDAY Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist (d. 2001)
24th of April 1940 BIRTHDAY Sue Grafton, American author
24th of April 1941 BIRTHDAY Richard Holbrooke, American diplomat (d. 2010)
24th of April 1941 BIRTHDAY John Williams, Australian guitarist
24th of April 1942 BIRTHDAY Barbra Streisand, American singer and actor
24th of April 1942 BIRTHDAY Richard M. Daley, American politician
24th of April 1943 BIRTHDAY Richard Sterban, American singer
24th of April 1944 BIRTHDAY Tony Visconti, American record producer
24th of April 1945 BIRTHDAY Doug Clifford, American drummer
24th of April 1945 BIRTHDAY Robert Knight, American singer
24th of April 1945 BIRTHDAY Dick Rivers, French singer and actor
24th of April 1945 BIRTHDAY Doug Riley, Canadian musician (d. 2007)
24th of April 1947 BIRTHDAY Claude Dubois, Canadian singer-songwriter
24th of April 1947 BIRTHDAY Roger D. Kornberg, American chemist and Nobel Prize laureate
24th of April 1947 BIRTHDAY Josep Borrell, Spanish politician
24th of April 1948 BIRTHDAY Paul Cellucci, 69th Governor of Massachusetts and former United States Ambassador to Canada
24th of April 1949 BIRTHDAY Veronique Sanson, French singer-songwriter
24th of April 1951 BIRTHDAY Enda Kenny, Taoiseach of Ireland
24th of April 1952 BIRTHDAY Jean-Paul Gaultier, French fashion designer
24th of April 1953 BIRTHDAY Eric Bogosian, American actor and writer
24th of April 1954 BIRTHDAY Mumia Abu-Jamal, American Civil Rights activist, journalist of The Black Panthers
24th of April 1954 BIRTHDAY Captain Sensible, British guitarist (The Damned)
24th of April 1954 BIRTHDAY Jack Blades, American musician, bassist for Night Ranger, Rubicon (1970s band) and others
24th of April 1955 BIRTHDAY Marion Caspers-Merk, German politician
24th of April 1955 BIRTHDAY Eamon Gilmore, Tanaiste of Ireland
24th of April 1955 BIRTHDAY John de Mol, Dutch media businessman
24th of April 1955 BIRTHDAY Michael O'Keefe, American actor
24th of April 1957 BIRTHDAY David J, British musician
24th of April 1957 BIRTHDAY Boris Williams, British musician (The Cure)
24th of April 1958 BIRTHDAY Brian Paddick, British former deputy assistant commissioner and most senior openly gay police officer
24th of April 1958 BIRTHDAY Valery Lantratov, Russian ballet dancer
24th of April 1959 BIRTHDAY Malcolm Oastler, Australian engineer
24th of April 1959 BIRTHDAY Dave Ridgway, Canadian football player
24th of April 1959 BIRTHDAY Paula Yates, British television presenter (d. 2000)
24th of April 1962 BIRTHDAY Clemens Binninger, German politician
24th of April 1962 BIRTHDAY Stuart Pearce, English footballer and manager
24th of April 1962 BIRTHDAY Steve Roach, Australian rugby league footballer
24th of April 1963 BIRTHDAY Billy Gould, American musician (Faith No More)
24th of April 1963 BIRTHDAY Mano Solo, French singer
24th of April 1963 BIRTHDAY Paula Frazer, American singer-songwriter
24th of April 1963 BIRTHDAY Tonu Trubetsky, Estonian musician
24th of April 1964 BIRTHDAY Witold Smorawinski, Polish musician
24th of April 1964 BIRTHDAY Cedric the Entertainer, American comedian and actor
24th of April 1964 BIRTHDAY Djimon Hounsou, Beninese actor
24th of April 1965 BIRTHDAY Son Chang Min, South Korean actor
24th of April 1966 BIRTHDAY Pierre Brassard, Canadian humorist and actor
24th of April 1966 BIRTHDAY Alessandro Costacurta, Italian footballer
24th of April 1967 BIRTHDAY Omar Vizquel, Venezuelan baseball player
24th of April 1968 BIRTHDAY Aidan Gillen, Irish actor
24th of April 1968 BIRTHDAY Yuji Nagata, Japanese professional wrestler
24th of April 1968 BIRTHDAY Todd Jones, American baseball player
24th of April 1968 BIRTHDAY Stacy Haiduk, American actress
24th of April 1968 BIRTHDAY Mark Vanderloo, Dutch model
24th of April 1968 BIRTHDAY Hashim Thaci, Kosovan politician
24th of April 1969 BIRTHDAY Viveca Paulin, Swedish actress
24th of April 1969 BIRTHDAY Melinda Clarke, American actress
24th of April 1969 BIRTHDAY Elias Atmatsidis, Greek footballer
24th of April 1970 BIRTHDAY Damien Fleming, Australian cricketer
24th of April 1971 BIRTHDAY Alejandro Fernandez, Mexican singer
24th of April 1971 BIRTHDAY Mauro Pawlowski, Belgian guitarist and singer
24th of April 1972 BIRTHDAY Rab Douglas, Scottish footballer
24th of April 1972 BIRTHDAY Nicolas Gill, Canadian judoka
24th of April 1972 BIRTHDAY Jure Kosir, Slovenian skier
24th of April 1972 BIRTHDAY Chipper Jones, American baseball player
24th of April 1973 BIRTHDAY Eric Snow, American basketball player
24th of April 1973 BIRTHDAY Gabby Logan, British television presenter
24th of April 1973 BIRTHDAY Sachin Tendulkar, Indian cricketer
24th of April 1973 BIRTHDAY Damon Lindelof, American television writer
24th of April 1973 BIRTHDAY Lee Westwood, British golfer
24th of April 1974 BIRTHDAY Brian Marshall, American bassist (Creed, Alter Bridge)
24th of April 1974 BIRTHDAY Derek Luke, American actor
24th of April 1974 BIRTHDAY Eric Kripke, American television writer, director and producer
24th of April 1974 BIRTHDAY Dave Vitty, British radio personality
24th of April 1974 BIRTHDAY Stephen Wiltshire, British artist, autistic savant
24th of April 1975 BIRTHDAY Sam Doumit, American actress
24th of April 1975 BIRTHDAY Thad Luckinbill, American actor
24th of April 1976 BIRTHDAY Steve Finnan, Irish footballer
24th of April 1977 BIRTHDAY Siarhey Balakhonau, Belarusian writer
24th of April 1977 BIRTHDAY Carlos Beltran, Puerto Rican baseball player
24th of April 1978 BIRTHDAY Eric Balfour, American actor
24th of April 1978 BIRTHDAY Kim Hyun-ju, Korean actress
24th of April 1978 BIRTHDAY Stella Damasus Aboderin, Nigerian actress
24th of April 1979 BIRTHDAY Laurentia Tan, Singaporean Paralympic equestrienne
24th of April 1980 BIRTHDAY Karen Asrian, Armenian chess Grandmaster (d. 2008)
24th of April 1980 BIRTHDAY Danny Gokey, American singer
24th of April 1980 BIRTHDAY Austin Nichols, American actor
24th of April 1980 BIRTHDAY Fernando Arce, Mexican footballer
24th of April 1981 BIRTHDAY Taylor Dent, American tennis player
24th of April 1981 BIRTHDAY Dusty Anderson, American pro wrestler
24th of April 1981 BIRTHDAY Yuko Nakanishi, Japanese swimmer
24th of April 1982 BIRTHDAY Kelly Clarkson, American singer
24th of April 1982 BIRTHDAY Laura Hamilton,Dancing On Ice 2011 Runner-Up
24th of April 1983 BIRTHDAY Princess Iman bint Al Hussein of Jordan
24th of April 1984 BIRTHDAY Tyson Ritter, American musician
24th of April 1986 BIRTHDAY Aaron Cunningham, American baseball player
24th of April 1987 BIRTHDAY Kristopher Letang, Canadian hockey player
24th of April 1987 BIRTHDAY Jan Vertonghen, Belgian footballer
24th of April 1989 BIRTHDAY David Boudia, American diver
24th of April 1992 BIRTHDAY Doc Shaw, American child actor
24th of April 1994 BIRTHDAY Austin Rogers, American actor
24th of April 1998 BIRTHDAY Ryan Newman, American actress
24th of April 0624 DEATH Mellitus, Archbishop of Canterbury
24th of April 0709 DEATH Wilfrid, English archbishop and saint
24th of April 1185 DEATH Emperor Antoku of Japan (Born 1178)
24th of April 1338 DEATH Theodore I of Montferrat (Born 1291)
24th of April 1342 DEATH Pope Benedict XII (Born 1285)
24th of April 1622 DEATH Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Swiss friar and saint (Born 1577)
24th of April 1656 DEATH Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician and physicist (Born 1561)
24th of April 1731 DEATH Daniel Defoe, English writer (Born 1660)
24th of April 1736 DEATH Prince Eugene of Savoy, French-born Austrian general (Born 1663)
24th of April 1779 DEATH Eleazar Wheelock, American founder of Dartmouth College (Born 1711)
24th of April 1794 DEATH Axel von Fersen the Elder, Swedish statesman and soldier; father of Axel von Fersen the Younger (Born 1719)
24th of April 1852 DEATH Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet (Born 1783)
24th of April 1891 DEATH Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Prussian field marshal (Born 1800)
24th of April 1924 DEATH G. Stanley Hall, American psychologist (Born 1844)
24th of April 1931 DEATH David Kldiashvili, Georgian writer (Born 1862)
24th of April 1938 DEATH George Grey Barnard, American sculptor (Born 1863)
24th of April 1939 DEATH Louis Trousselier, French cyclist (Born 1881)
24th of April 1942 DEATH Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author (Born 1874)
24th of April 1942 DEATH Karin Boye, Swedish author (Born 1900)
24th of April 1944 DEATH Charles Jordan, American magician (Born 1888)
24th of April 1944 DEATH William Stephens, American politician (Born 1859)
24th of April 1945 DEATH Ernst-Robert Grawitz, German physician (Born 1899)
24th of April 1947 DEATH Hans Biebow, German WWII figure (Born 1902)
24th of April 1947 DEATH Willa Cather, American writer (Born 1873)
24th of April 1957 DEATH Harry McClintock, American country singer and hobo (Born 1882)
24th of April 1960 DEATH Max von Laue, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (Born 1879)
24th of April 1962 DEATH Milt Franklyn, American musician (Born 1897)
24th of April 1964 DEATH Gerhard Domagk, German bacteriologist (Born 1895)
24th of April 1965 DEATH Louise Dresser, American actress (Born 1878)
24th of April 1966 DEATH Simon Chikovani, Georgian poet (Born 1902)
24th of April 1967 DEATH Vladimir Komarov, Soviet cosmonaut (Born 1927)
24th of April 1970 DEATH Otis Spann, American blues pianist (Born 1930)
24th of April 1974 DEATH Bud Abbott, American actor and comedian (Born 1895)
24th of April 1975 DEATH Pete Ham, Welsh musician (Badfinger) (Born 1947)
24th of April 1980 DEATH Alejo Carpentier, Cuban writer (Born 1904)
24th of April 1982 DEATH Ville Ritola, Finnish athlete (Born 1896)
24th of April 1983 DEATH Rolf Stommelen, German race car driver (Born 1943)
24th of April 1986 DEATH Wallis Simpson, wife of Edward, Duke of Windsor (Born 1896)
24th of April 1993 DEATH Oliver Tambo, South African politician (Born 1917)
24th of April 1997 DEATH Eugene Stoner, American engineer and weapons designer (Born 1922)
24th of April 1997 DEATH Pat Paulsen, American comedian and politician (Born 1927)
24th of April 2000 DEATH William Moore, English actor (Born 1916)
24th of April 2001 DEATH Al Hibbler, American singer (Born 1915)
24th of April 2001 DEATH Leon Sullivan, African-American civil rights leader and pastor (Born 1922)
24th of April 2002 DEATH Lucien Wercollier, Luxembourgian sculptor (Born 1908)
24th of April 2004 DEATH Estee Lauder, American cosmetics entrepreneur (Born 1906)
24th of April 2005 DEATH Ezer Weizman, Israeli politician (Born 1924)
24th of April 2005 DEATH Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist (Born 1910)
24th of April 2006 DEATH Steve Stavro, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (Born 1927)
24th of April 2006 DEATH Moshe Teitelbaum, Hassidic rabbi (Born 1914)
24th of April 2006 DEATH Brian Labone, English footballer (Born 1940)
24th of April 2007 DEATH Roy Jenson, American actor (Born 1927)
24th of April 2009 DEATH John Michell, British writer (Born 1933)
24th of April 2011 DEATH Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru, spiritual figure (Born 1926)