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1907Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened.

199126th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks

1961JFK accepts "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs

1977Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA American Defender Golf Tournament

1951Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sacramento Women's Golf Invitational Open

1992George Steinbrenner drops his suits against baseball

1978Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners, 20th time he has 15 in game

1969Paul McCartney says there is no truth to rumors he is dead

1995Court orders Darryl Strawberry to pay back $350,000 in taxes

1987Howard Stern holds a free speech rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza NYC

2005Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.

1953Winston Churchill knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

199631st Academy of Country Music Awards: Shania Twain

1994David Robinson scores ties 7th highest total in the NBA - 71

April 24th Historical Events
Date Event
1479
Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty). 
1184
The Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse (traditional date). 
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858
Nicholas I succeeds Benedict III as pope 
1066
Halley's Comet sparks English monk to predict country will be destroyed 
1185
Battle at Danoura: Yoshitsune Minamoto's fleet beats imperial fleet 
1288
Jews of Yroyes France are accused of ritual murder 
1311
Gen Malik Kafur returns to Delhi after campaign in South India 
1364
Pope Urbabus V names John V van Virneburg as bishop of Utrecht 
1524
Duke of Bourbon drives admiral Bonnivet out of Milan 
1547
Battle of Muhlberg: Emperor Karel V vs ruler Johan F the Brave 
1570
Battles between Spanish troops & followers of sultan Suleiman 
1596
Pacificatie of Ireland drawn 
1704
"Boston News-Letter" 1st successful newspaper in US, forms 
1792
"La Marseillaise" composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle 
1800
Library of Congress establishes with $5,000 allocation 
1801
1st performance of Joseph Haydn's oratorio "Die Jahreszeiten" 
1823
Eugene Scribes "Le Menteur Veridique" premieres in Paris 
1833
Jacob Evert & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain 
1863
Skirmish at Okolona/Birmingham, Mississippi (Grierson's Raid) 
1865
Fire alarm & police telegraph system put into operation (SF) 
1867
Black demonstrators stage ride-ins on Richmond Va streetcars 
1872
Volcano Vesuvius erupts 
1877
Last federal occupying troops withdraw from south (New Orleans) 
1877
Russo-Turkish War, 1877-1878: Russia declares war on Ottoman Empire. 
1880
Amateur Athletic Association, governing body for men's athletics in England & Wales, is founded in Oxford, England 
1883
28 Surinamers depart to Amsterdam World's Fair 
1884
National Medical Association of Black physicians organizes (Atlanta) 
1888
Eastman Kodak forms 
1891
Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Final Problem" 
1894
French cyclist Henri Desgrange rides 100km in world record 2:39:18 
1894
Phillies Lave Cross hits for cycle vs Bkln Dodgers 
1895
Joshua Slocum completes around-the-world voyage in 11-m boat 
1897
1st reporter, William Price (Wash Star), assigned to White House 
1898
US fleet under commodore Dewey sails from Hong Kong to Philippines 
1898
Spanish-American War: Spain delares war after rejecting US ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba 
1899
Transvaal British Uitlanders ask Queen Victoria for aid 
1900
Passing of Andrew Halliday, cable car pioneer 
1901
1st AL game, Chic beats Cleve Blues 8-2, 3 other games rained out 
1904
President Loubet of France visits King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and pointedly ignores the Pope, exacerbating relations between France and the Roman Catholic Church 
1905
1st-class Cricket debut of Jack Hobbs, Surrey v Gentlemen (18 & 28) 
1905
Senators execute a triple-play & beat Yankees 4-3 
1907
Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened. 
1908
Mr & Mrs Jacob Murdock become 1st to travel across US by car, they leave LA in a Packard & arrive in NYC in 32d-5h-25m 
1909
Harry Hillman & Lawson Robertson run 100m 3-legged race in 11 seconds 
1910
German Catholic youth movement Quickborn forms 
1913
Skyscraper, the Woolworth Building in New York City is opened 
1914
A shipment of 35,000 rifles and 5 million rounds of ammunition are landed at Larne for the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF, an Ulster loyalist paramilitary group in Northern Ireland 
1915
German army fires chloroform gas in Ieper 
1915
Massacre of Armenians by Turks starts (Armenian Martyrs Day) 
1915
Pitts' Frank Allen no-hits St Louis (Federal League), 2-0 
1916
Easter rebellion of Irish against British occupation begins 
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 ice-trapped ship Endurance 
1917
Yankee lefty George Mogridge no-hits Red Sox 2-1 at Fenway 
1920
British Mandate over Palestine goes into effect (lasts 28 years) 
1920
Polish troops attack Ukraine 
1921
1st municipal elections for men & women in Belgium 
1923
General harbor strike begins in NYC 
1925
88°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in April 
1928
Fathometer, which measures underwater depth, patented 
1929
1st non-stop England to India flight takes-off 
1929
Thorvald Stauning becomes premier of Denmark 
1932
German national election (NSDAP 36.3% in Prussia) 
1933
1st major league to get 4 consecutive doubles in 9 inn (Dick Bartell) 
1938
Lindenheuvel soccer team forms 
1941
British army begins evacuation of Greece 
1941
Dutch Prince Bernhard becomes an RAF pilot 
1942
Luftwaffe bombs Exeter 
1944
1st Boeing B-29 arrives in China "over the Hump" 
1944
RAF bombs Munich 
1944
United Negro College Fund incorporates 
1945
Albert B "Happy" Chandler is named 2nd baseball commissioner 
1945
Delegates of 46 countries gather in SF (to discuss UN) 
1946
11 players Tinker, Evers, Chance, Burkett, McCarthy, Waddell, Plank, Walsh, Chesbro, Griffith, & McGinnity are named to Hall of Fame 
1949
3rd Tony Awards: Death of a Salesman & Kiss Me Kate win 
1950
"Peter Pan" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 320 performances 
1950
Independent republic of South Molukkas declared 
1950
Pres Harry Truman denies there are communists in US government 
1950
Jordan formally annexes the West Bank 
1951
Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sacramento Women's Golf Invitational Open 
1953
Winston Churchill knighted by Queen Elizabeth II 
1954
1st American, civilian pilot, P.R. Holden, wounded in Indochina 
1954
Australia & USSR break diplomatic relations 
1954
WSEE TV channel 35 in Erie, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1955
Conference of Bandung against colonialism/for self determination, ends 
1955
Gaullists lose elections in France 
1955
KFDM TV channel 6 in Beaumont, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1955
KMAU (now KGMV) TV channel 3 in Wailuku, HI (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1956
AL ump Frank Umont is 1st to wear glasses in a regular season game 
1957
Chic Cub pitchers walk NL record 9 Reds in 5th inning 
1958
Lee Walls hits 3 HRS, as Cubs beat Dodgers 15-2 
1959
Neth Dance Theater opens (Rudi of Dantzig & Cut Flier) 
1959
WICD TV channel 15 in Champaign, IL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting 
1960
14th Tony Awards: Miracle Worker & Fiorello! win 
1960
Heavy earthquake strikes South Persia, 500 killed 
1960
Louise Suggs wins LPGA Civitan Golf Open 
1960
Record 4 grand slams hit today 
1961
JFK accepts "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs 
1961
Vasa, which sunk on her maiden voyage in 1628, is raised 
1961
The 17th century Swedish ship Vasa is salvaged. 
1962
1st Lockheed A-12 is taxi tested 
1962
MIT sends TV signal by satellite for 1st time: CA to MA 
1962
Sandy Koufax's 2nd 18-strikeout game 
1963
17th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2 
1963
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1964
Mexico becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty. 
1965
"Comedy in Music-Opus 2" closes at John Golden NYC after 192 perfs 
1965
Military coup under Donald Reid Cabral in Dominican Republic 
1965
NY Met Casey Stengel wins his 3,000 game as manager 
1966
Atlanta Braves win NL-record 18 straight home games (17 in Milwaukee) 
1966
Carol Mann wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Invitational 
1967
21st NBA Championship: Phila 76ers beat SF Warriors, 4 games to 2 
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." 
1968
ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Pete Tountas 
1968
Leftist students take over Columbia University, NYC 
1968
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1968
Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations. 
1969
Gen Lin Piao succeeds Mao, is seriously wounded 
1969
Lebanese army in battle with Palestinians 
1969
Paul McCartney says there is no truth to rumors he is dead 
1969
US B-52's drop 3,000 ton bombs at Cambodian boundary 
1969
Car firm British Leyland launch the Austin Maxi in Oporto Portugal 
1969
Loyalist members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the Ulster Protestant Volunteers (UPV) explode a bomb at a water pipeline between Lough Neagh and Belfast, Northern Ireland 
1970
China PR launches its 1st satellite transmitting song "East is Red" 
1970
Gambia becomes a republic within Commonwealth 
1970
Senegal adopts constitution 
1971
"Frank Merriwell" opens and closes at Longacre Theater NYC (1 performance only) 
1971
Soyuz 10 returns to Earth 
1974
Dutch women hockey team becomes world champion 
1974
NFL grants franchise to Tampa Bay Bucaneers 
1975
Penguins 1-Isles 4-Quarterfinals-series tied at 3-3 
1975
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1977
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA American Defender Golf Tournament 
1978
Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners, 20th time he has 15 in game 
1979
Rhodesian bishop Muzorewa wins general election 
1980
US military operation to save 52 hostages in Iran, fails, 8 die 
1981
Bill Shoemaker wins his 8,000th race, 2000 more than any other jockey 
1981
IBM-PC computer introduced 
1981
San Antonio blocks 20 Golden State shots to set NBA reg game record 
1981
US ends grain embargo against USSR 
1982
150 Khomeini followers assault student dormitory in West Germany 
1982
Cards win 12th game in a row; 7-4 over Phillies 
1982
Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Mike Durbin 
1983
"Show Boat" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 73 performances 
1983
Austrian socialist party loses parliamentary election 
1983
Hollis Stacy wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic 
1984
Oiler's Wayne Gretzky is 3rd to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot 
1985
Pulitzer prize awarded to Carolyn Lizer for "Yin" 
1987
Howard Stern holds a free speech rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza NYC 
1988
Rosie Jones wins LPGA USX Golf Classic 
1989
10s of thousands of students strikes in Beijing China 
1989
Massachusetts declares today "New Kids on the Block Day" 
1990
Brian Friel's "Dancing at Lughnasa" premieres in Dublin 
1990
Security law violator Michael Milken pleads guilty to 6 felonies 
1990
US 66th manned space mission STS 31 (Discovery 10) launches into orbit 
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
26th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks 
1991
Freddie Stowers is awarded the posthumous Medal of Honor for which he had been recommended in 1918. 
1992
"Man of La Mancha" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 108 performances 
1992
George Steinbrenner drops his suits against baseball 
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
"Broken Glass" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 73 performances 
1994
"Flowering Peach" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 41 performances 
1994
Armando Calderon Sol wins El Salvador presidential election 
1994
Bomb attack in center of Johannesburg, 9 killed 
1994
David Robinson scores ties 7th highest total in the NBA - 71 
1994
NY Rangers sweep NY Islanders in NHL playoffs 
1995
Court orders Darryl Strawberry to pay back $350,000 in taxes 
1995
Dow Jones Index hits record 4303.98 
1995
Package bomb, linked to Unabomber, blows up killing Gilbert B Murray 
1996
"Jack-Night on Town with John Barrymore" opens at Belasco for 12 perf 
1996
31st Academy of Country Music Awards: Shania Twain 
1996
Highest scoring baseball game in 17 years - Twins 24, Tigers 11 
1996
The UNand 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 
1997
"Steel Peer" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 76 performances 
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 Roman Catholic Church taking the name 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
256 people are killed and 1,000 are injured after a building collapses Savar Upazila, Bangladesh 
2016
Death Toll From Ecuador Earthquake Tops 650 
2016
Syrian Airstrikes Kill at Least 25 
2016
Prince cremated; family, friends honor him at ceremony in Minnesota 
2016
North Korea says submarine ballistic missile test 'great success' 
2016
France calls on EU to adopt new sanctions against North Korea 
2016
Pilot lands solar-powered plane after risky flight across Pacific Ocean 
2016
North Korea 'will halt' nuclear tests if US stops S Korea exercises 
2016
North Korea 'fires submarine-launched ballistic missile' 
2017
China's Xi urges restraint on North Korea issue on call with Trump 
2017
Carrier group heads for Korean waters as Trump calls leaders 
2017
Final French vote count puts Macron, Le Pen through to second round 
2017
Japan's Nikkei hits near 3-week high on French vote relief, Sony climbs 
2017
North Korea detained a professor who is US citizen; at least 3rd American held 
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