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Famous birthdays, deaths and events of April 24


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Birthdays
  • 1533 - William I of Orange, (d. 1584)
  • 1706 - Giovanni Battista Martini, Italian musician (d. 1780)
  • 1784 - Peter Vivian Daniel, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1860)
  • 1815 - Anthony Trollope, English novelist (d. 1882)
  • 1876 - Ioannis Georgiadis, Greek fencer (d. 1960)
  • 1887 - Denys Finch Hatton, English big-game hunter (d. 1931)
  • 1896 - Benjamin Whorf, American linguist (d. 1941)
  • 1905 - Robert Penn Warren, American poet (d. 1989)
  • 1906 - William Joyce, Irish fascist (d. 1946)
  • 1908 - Marceline Day, American actor (d. 2000)
  • 1914 - William Castle, American film director and producer (d. 1977)
  • 1914 - Justin Wilson, American Cajun chef and humorist (d. 2001)
  • 1916 - Lou Thesz, American professional wrestler (d. 2002)
  • 1922 - J.D. Cannon, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1924 - Sir Clement Freud, British writer
  • 1924 - Ruth Kobart, American actor and singer (d. 2002)
  • 1929 - Dr.Rajkumar, Kannada actor
  • 1930 - Jerome Callet, American musician
  • 1930 - Richard Donner, American film director and producer
  • 1933 - Patricia Bosworth, American actor
  • 1933 - Claire Davenport, British actress (d. 2002)
  • 1933 - Alan Eagleson, Canadian ice hockey agent and promoter
  • 1933 - Helmuth Lohner, Austrian actor
  • 1933 - Freddie Scott, American singer (d. 2007)
  • 1934 - Shirley MacLaine, American actor and author
  • 1936 - Jill Ireland, British actress (d. 1990)
  • 1937 - Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist (d. 2001)
  • 1940 - Sue Grafton, American author
  • 1941 - John Williams, Australian guitarist
  • 1942 - Barbra Streisand, American singer and actor
  • 1943 - Richard Sterban, American singer
  • 1945 - Doug Clifford, American drummer
  • 1945 - Robert Knight, American singer
  • 1945 - Doug Riley, Canadian musician (d. 2007)
  • 1945 - Dick Rivers, French singer and actor
  • 1947 - Claude Dubois, Quebec singer and songwriter
  • 1949 - Véronique Sanson, French singer and songwriter
  • 1953 - Eric Bogosian, American actor and writer
  • 1954 - Mumia Abu-Jamal, American death-row inmate
  • 1954 - Captain Sensible, British guitarist
  • 1957 - David J, British musician
  • 1957 - Boris Williams, British musician
  • 1958 - Valery Lantratov, Russian ballet dancer
  • 1959 - Dave Ridgway, Canadian football player
  • 1960 - Paula Yates, British television presenter (d. 2000)
  • 1962 - Steve Roach, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1963 - Paula Frazer, American singer/songwriter
  • 1963 - Billy Gould, American musician
  • 1963 - Mano Solo, French singer
  • 1963 - Tõnu Trubetsky, Estonian musician
  • 1964 - Cedric the Entertainer, American comedian and actor
  • 1964 - Djimon Hounsou, Beninese actor
  • 1965 - Son Chang Min, South Korean actor
  • 1966 - Pierre Brassard, Quebec humorist and actor
  • 1966 - Alessandro Costacurta, Italian footballer
  • 1967 - Omar Vizquel, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1968 - Stacy Haiduk, American actress
  • 1968 - Todd Jones, American baseball player
  • 1968 - Yuji Nagata, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1969 - Elias Atmatsidis, Greek footballer
  • 1969 - Melinda Clarke, American actress
  • 1969 - Viveca Paulin, Swedish actress
  • 1970 - Damien Fleming, Australian cricketer
  • 1971 - Mauro Pawlowski, Belgian guitarist and singer
  • 1972 - Rab Douglas, Scottish footballer
  • 1972 - Nicolas Gill, Canadian judoka
  • 1972 - Chipper Jones, American baseball player
  • 1972 - Jure Košir, Slovenian skier
  • 1973 - Eric Snow, American basketball player
  • 1973 - Sachin Tendulkar, Indian cricketer
  • 1973 - Gabby Logan, British television presenter
  • 1974 - Joseph Bruce, American rapper
  • 1974 - Kristie Krabe, American stage actress
  • 1974 - Derek Luke, American actor
  • 1974 - Eric Kripke, American television writer
  • 1974 - Brian Marshall, American bassist
  • 1974 - Dave Vitty, British radio personality
  • 1975 - Sam Doumit, American actress
  • 1976 - Steve Finnan, Irish footballer
  • 1977 - Siarhey Balakhonau, Belarusian writer
  • 1977 - Carlos Beltran, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1978 - Eric Balfour, American actor
  • 1978 - Kim Hyun-ju, Korean actress
  • 1978 - Stella Damasus Aboderin, Nigerian actress
  • 1979 - Laurentia Tan, Singaporean Paralympic equestrienne
  • 1980 - Fernando Arce, Mexican footballer
  • 1980 - Austin Nichols, American actor
  • 1981 - Taylor Dent, American tennis player
  • 1982 - Kelly Clarkson, American singer
  • 1984 - Tyson Ritter, American musician
  • 1987 - Kristopher Letang, Canadian hockey player
  • 1987 - Jan Vertonghen, Belgian footballer
  • 1994 - Austin Rogers, American actor
  • 1998 - Ryan Newman, American actress


Deaths
  • 1338 - Marquis Theodore I of Montferrat, (b. 1291)
  • 1622 - Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Swiss friar
  • 1731 - Daniel Defoe, English writer (b. 1660)
  • 1852 - Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet (b. 1783)
  • 1939 - Louis Trousselier, French cyclist (b. 1881)
  • 1942 - Karin Boye, Swedish author (b. 1900)
  • 1942 - Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author (b. 1874)
  • 1944 - William Stephens, U.S. political figure (b. 1859)
  • 1947 - Willa Cather, American writer (b. 1873)
  • 1964 - Gerhard Domagk, German bacteriologist
  • 1965 - Louise Dresser, American actress (b. 1878)
  • 1974 - Bud Abbott, American actor and comedian (b. 1895)
  • 1975 - Pete Ham, Welsh musician and frontman of Badfinger (b. 1947)
  • 1980 - Alejo Carpentier, Cuban writer (b. 1904)
  • 1982 - Ville Ritola, Finnish athlete (b. 1896)
  • 1983 - Rolf Stommelen, German race car driver (b. 1943)
  • 2001 - Al Hibbler, American singer (b. 1915)
  • 2005 - Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist (b. 1910)
  • 2006 - Moshe Teitelbaum, Hassidic rabbi (b. 1914)
  • 2006 - Brian Labone, English footballer (b. 1940)
  • 2009 - Michael Parsons, 48, Australian footballer, brain tumour.
  • 2009 - Margaret Gelling, 84, British toponymist.
  • 2009 - Pringle Fisher, 70, British rugby and basketball player, complications from rheumatoid arthritis.
  • 2009 - Tim Curry, 70, American attorney, District Attorney for Tarrant County, Texas, (1972–2009), lung cancer.

Events
  • 1184 - Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse (traditional).
  • 1479 - Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty).
  • 1558 - Mary Queen of Scots marries the Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris.
  • 1704 - The first regular newspaper in the United States, the Boston, Massachusetts New-Letter, is published.
  • 1800 - 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".
  • 1862 - 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.
  • 1877 - Russo-Turkish War, 1877–1878: Russia declares war on Ottoman Empire.
  • 1898 - The Spanish-American War: The United States declare war on Spain.
  • 1907 - Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened.
  • 1913 - The skyscraper Woolworth Building in New York City is opened.
  • 1915 - The Armenian Genocide begins with a massacre of hundreds of prominent Armenians in Constantinople (now Istanbul).
  • 1916 - Easter Rising begins: The Irish Republican Brotherhood led by nationalists Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, and Joseph Plunkett start a rebellion in Ireland.
  • 1918 - First tank-to-tank combat, at Villers-Bretonneux, France, when three British Mark IVs met three German A7Vs.
  • 1926 - The Treaty of Berlin under which Germany and the Soviet Union each pledged neutrality in the event of an attack on the other by a third party for the next five years.
  • 1953 - Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • 1961 - The 17th century Swedish ship Vasa is salvaged.
  • 1963 - Marriage of Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Kent to Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey in London.
  • 1964 - Mexico becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1965 - Civil war breaks out in the Dominican Republic when Colonel Francisco Caamaño, overthrows the triumvirate that was in power since the coup d'état against Juan Bosch.
  • 1967 - Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1, when the 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."
  • 1968 - Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations.
  • 1970 - The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched.
  • 1970 - The Gambia becomes a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations, with Dawda Jawara as the first President.
  • 1975 - The Baader-Meinhof Gang takes 13 hostages at theWest German embassy in Stockholm.
  • 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 by the Space Shuttle Discovery. Shuttle mission STS-31 lifts off, carrying Hubble into orbit.1990
  • 1991 - Freddie Stowers is awarded the posthumous Medal of Honor for which he had been recommended in 1918.
  • 1993 - The 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act comes into force establishing Panchayati Raj system in India.
  • 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 introduced.
  • 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.
  • 2007 - Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime.
  • 2009 - Ongoing – 2009 swine flu outbreak: The World Health Organization expresses concern at the spread of influenza from Mexico and United States to other countries. By April 27 confirmed cases are also reported in Canada, the United Kingdom and Spain and unconfirmed cases in 15 other countries. Of the 149 deaths (all in Mexico) 20 are confirmed as being from a new strain of H1Ni influenza.
  • 2013 - An eight-story commercial building collapses in Savar Upazila near the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, leaving 1,127 dead, 2,500 injured and scores more trapped. The accident is the world's deadliest structural collapse and the third-worst industrial disaster in history.


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