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

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

1953Winston Churchill knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

1961JFK accepts "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs

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

1977Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA American Defender Golf Tournament

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

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

199126th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks

1992George Steinbrenner drops his suits against baseball

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

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

199631st Academy of Country Music Awards: Shania Twain

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

On This Day In History
Date Event
Apr 24, 1479 BC
Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty). 
Apr 24, 1184 BC
The Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse (traditional date). 
Apr 24, 858
Nicholas I succeeds Benedict III as pope 
Apr 24, 1066
Halley's Comet sparks English monk to predict country will be destroyed 
Apr 24, 1185
Battle at Danoura: Yoshitsune Minamoto's fleet beats imperial fleet 
Apr 24, 1288
Jews of Yroyes France are accused of ritual murder 
Apr 24, 1311
Gen Malik Kafur returns to Delhi after campaign in South India 
Apr 24, 1364
Pope Urbabus V names John V van Virneburg as bishop of Utrecht 
Apr 24, 1524
Duke of Bourbon drives admiral Bonnivet out of Milan 
Apr 24, 1547
Battle of Muhlberg: Emperor Karel V vs ruler Johan F the Brave 
Apr 24, 1570
Battles between Spanish troops & followers of sultan Suleiman 
Apr 24, 1596
Pacificatie of Ireland drawn 
Apr 24, 1704
"Boston News-Letter" 1st successful newspaper in US, forms 
Apr 24, 1792
"La Marseillaise" composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle 
Apr 24, 1800
Library of Congress establishes with $5,000 allocation 
Apr 24, 1801
1st performance of Joseph Haydn's oratorio "Die Jahreszeiten" 
Apr 24, 1823
Eugene Scribes "Le Menteur Veridique" premieres in Paris 
Apr 24, 1833
Jacob Evert & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain 
Apr 24, 1863
Skirmish at Okolona/Birmingham, Mississippi (Grierson's Raid) 
Apr 24, 1865
Fire alarm & police telegraph system put into operation (SF) 
Apr 24, 1867
Black demonstrators stage ride-ins on Richmond Va streetcars 
Apr 24, 1872
Volcano Vesuvius erupts 
Apr 24, 1877
Last federal occupying troops withdraw from south (New Orleans) 
Apr 24, 1877
Russo-Turkish War, 1877-1878: Russia declares war on Ottoman Empire. 
Apr 24, 1880
Amateur Athletic Association, governing body for men's athletics in England & Wales, is founded in Oxford, England 
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