What happened on April 24? There are more than 248 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About April 24

April 24 In HistoryApril 24 is the 115th day of the year 2020. There are 251 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 17th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Charlotte, North Carolina 28286 sunrise occured at 06:38 AM and sunset occured at 08:04 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Taurus. The modern birthstone for this month is Diamond while the mystical birthstone is Opal.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 294 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For April 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).
  • 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 News-Letter, is published in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 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: Russian Empire declares war on Ottoman Empire.
  • 1898
    The Spanish-American War: The United States declares war on Spain.
  • 1904
    The Lithuanian press ban is lifted after almost 40 years.
  • 1907
    Al Ahly was founded.
  • 1907
    Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened.
  • 1913
    The Woolworth Building skyscraper in New York City is opened.
  • 1915
    The arrest of 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Istanbul marks the beginning of the Armenian Genocide.
  • 1916
    Easter Rising: The Irish Republican Brotherhood led by nationalists Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, and Joseph Plunkett starts a rebellion in Ireland.
  • 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 the ice-trapped ship ship .
  • 1918
    First tank-to-tank combat, at Villers-Bretonneux, France, when three British Mark IVs met three German A7Vs.
  • 1922
    The first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, comes into operation.
  • 1926
    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.
  • 1932
    Benny Rothman leads the mass trespass of Kinder Scout, leading to substantial legal reforms in the United Kingdom.
  • 1953
    Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 1955
    The Bandung Conference ends: 29 non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa finish a meeting that condemns colonialism, racism, and the Cold War.
  • 1957
    Suez Crisis: The Suez Canal is reopened following the introduction of UNEF peacekeepers to the region.
  • 1963
    Marriage of HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent to the Hon Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey in London.
  • 1965
    Civil war breaks out in the Dominican Republic when Colonel Francisco Caamaño, overthrows the triumvirate that had been in power since the coup d'état against Juan Bosch.
  • 1967
    Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when its 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 Gambia becomes a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations, with Dawda Jawara as the first President.
  • 1970
    The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched.
  • 1971
    Soyuz 10 docks with Salyut 1.
  • 1980
    Eight U.S. servicemen die in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis.
  • 1990
    Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine.
  • 1990
    STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery.
  • 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.
  • 2005
    Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog, is born in South Korea.
  • 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.

Who Were Born On April 24?

  • 1533
    William I of Orange (d. 1584)
  • 1581
    Vincent de Paul, French saint (d. 1660)
  • 1620
    John Graunt, English statistician and founder of the science of demography (d. 1674)
  • 1706
    Giovanni Battista Martini, Italian musician (d. 1780)
  • 1718
    Nathaniel Hone, Irish-born painter (d. 1784)
  • 1743
    Edmund Cartwright, British inventor (d. 1823)
  • 1784
    Peter Vivian Daniel, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1860)
  • 1815
    Anthony Trollope, English novelist (d. 1882)
  • 1845
    Carl Spitteler, Nobel laureate (d. 1924)
  • 1856
    Henri Philippe Pétain, French soldier and statesman (d. 1951)
  • 1872
    Susanna Bokoyni, Hungarian centenarian and Circus performer
  • 1876
    Erich Raeder, German naval commander (d. 1960)
  • 1876
    Ioannis Georgiadis, Greek fencer (d. 1960)
  • 1878
    Jean Crotti, Swiss artist (d. 1958)
  • 1879
    Susanna Bokoyni, Hungarian centenarian and Circus performer d. 1984
  • 1882
    Sir Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (d. 1970)
  • 1887
    Denys Finch Hatton, English big-game hunter (d. 1931)
  • 1889
    Lyubov Popova, Russian painter (d. 1924)
  • 1889
    Stafford Cripps, British politician (d. 1952)
  • 1897
    Benjamin Lee Whorf, American linguist (d. 1941)
  • 1897
    Manuel Ávila Camacho, President of Mexico (d. 1955)
  • 1899
    Oscar Zariski, Russian-born mathematician (d. 1986)
  • 1900
    Elizabeth Goudge, English writer (d. 1984)
  • 1903
    José Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Falange (d. 1936)
  • 1904
    Willem de Kooning, Dutch painter (d. 1997)
  • 1905
    Robert Penn Warren, American poet (d. 1989)
  • 1906
    Mimi Smith, maternal aunt and guardian of John Lennon (d. 1991)
  • 1906
    William Joyce, Irish fascist (d. 1946)
  • 1907
    William Sargant, British psychiatrist (d. 1988)
  • 1908
    Józef Gosławski, Polish sculptor and medallic artist (d. 1963)
  • 1908
    Marceline Day, American actor (d. 2000)
  • 1914
    Justin Wilson, American Cajun chef and humorist (d. 2001)
  • 1914
    William Castle, American film director and producer (d. 1977)
  • 1916
    Lou Thesz, American professional wrestler (d. 2002)
  • 1919
    Glafcos Clerides, President of Cyprus
  • 1922
    J. D. Cannon, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1923
    Doris Burn, American children’s books author and illustrator (d. 2011)
  • 1924
    Ruth Kobart, American actor and singer (d. 2002)
  • 1924
    Sir Clement Freud, British writer, radio personality, and politician (d. 2009)
  • 1926
    Thorbjörn Fälldin, Prime Minister of Sweden
  • 1929
    Rajkumar, Kannada actor (d. 2006)
  • 1930
    Jerome Callet, American musician
  • 1930
    José Sarney, President of Brazil
  • 1930
    Richard Donner, American film director and producer
  • 1933
    Alan Eagleson, Canadian ice hockey agent and promoter
  • 1933
    Claire Davenport, British actress (d. 2002)
  • 1933
    Freddie Scott, American singer (d. 2007)
  • 1933
    Helmuth Lohner, Austrian actor
  • 1933
    Patricia Bosworth, American actress, journalist, writer and biographer
  • 1934
    Shirley MacLaine, American actor and author
  • 1935
    Tucker Smith, American actor, dancer, and singer (d. 1988)
  • 1936
    Glen Hobbie, American baseball player
  • 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
  • 1941
    Richard Holbrooke, American diplomat (d. 2010)
  • 1942
    Barbra Streisand, American singer and actor
  • 1942
    Richard M. Daley, American politician
  • 1943
    Richard Sterban, American singer
  • 1944
    Tony Visconti, American record producer
  • 1945
    Dick Rivers, French singer and actor
  • 1945
    Doug Clifford, American drummer
  • 1945
    Doug Riley, Canadian musician (d. 2007)
  • 1945
    Robert Knight, American singer
  • 1947
    Claude Dubois, Canadian singer-songwriter
  • 1947
    Josep Borrell, Spanish politician
  • 1947
    Roger D. Kornberg, American chemist and Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1948
    Paul Cellucci, 69th Governor of Massachusetts and former United States Ambassador to Canada
  • 1949
    Véronique Sanson, French singer-songwriter
  • 1951
    Enda Kenny, Taoiseach of Ireland
  • 1952
    Jean-Paul Gaultier, French fashion designer
  • 1953
    Eric Bogosian, American actor and writer
  • 1954
    Captain Sensible, British guitarist (The Damned)
  • 1954
    Jack Blades, American musician, bassist for Night Ranger, Rubicon (1970s band) and others
  • 1954
    Mumia Abu-Jamal, American Civil Rights activist, journalist of The Black Panthers
  • 1955
    Eamon Gilmore, Tánaiste of Ireland
  • 1955
    John de Mol, Dutch media businessman
  • 1955
    Marion Caspers-Merk, German politician
  • 1955
    Michael O'Keefe, American actor
  • 1957
    Boris Williams, British musician (The Cure)
  • 1957
    David J, British musician
  • 1958
    Brian Paddick, British former deputy assistant commissioner and most senior openly gay police officer
  • 1958
    Valery Lantratov, Russian ballet dancer
  • 1959
    Dave Ridgway, Canadian football player
  • 1959
    Glenn Morshower, American actor
  • 1959
    Malcolm Oastler, Australian engineer
  • 1959
    Paula Yates, British television presenter (d. 2000)
  • 1962
    Clemens Binninger, German politician
  • 1962
    Steve Roach, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1962
    Stuart Pearce, English footballer and manager
  • 1963
    Billy Gould, American musician (Faith No More)
  • 1963
    Mano Solo, French singer
  • 1963
    Paula Frazer, American singer-songwriter
  • 1963
    Tõnu Trubetsky, Estonian musician
  • 1964
    Cedric the Entertainer, American comedian and actor
  • 1964
    Djimon Hounsou, Beninese actor
  • 1964
    Witold Smorawiński, Polish musician
  • 1965
    Son Chang Min, South Korean actor
  • 1966
    Alessandro Costacurta, Italian footballer
  • 1966
    Pierre Brassard, Canadian humorist and actor
  • 1967
    Omar Vizquel, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1968
    Aidan Gillen, Irish actor
  • 1968
    Hashim Thaci, Kosovan politician
  • 1968
    Mark Vanderloo, Dutch model
  • 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
    Alejandro Fernández, Mexican singer
  • 1971
    Mauro Pawlowski, Belgian guitarist and singer
  • 1972
    Chipper Jones, American baseball player
  • 1972
    Jure Košir, Slovenian skier
  • 1972
    Nicolas Gill, Canadian judoka
  • 1972
    Rab Douglas, Scottish footballer
  • 1973
    Damon Lindelof, American television writer
  • 1973
    Eric Snow, American basketball player
  • 1973
    Gabby Logan, British television presenter
  • 1973
    Lee Westwood, British golfer
  • 1973
    Sachin Tendulkar, Indian cricketer
  • 1974
    Dave Vitty, British radio personality
  • 1974
    Derek Luke, American actor
  • 1974
    Eric Kripke, American television writer, director and producer
  • 1974
    Stephen Wiltshire, British artist, autistic savant
  • 1975
    Sam Doumit, American actress
  • 1975
    Thad Luckinbill, American actor
  • 1976
    Steve Finnan, Irish footballer
  • 1977
    Carlos Beltrán, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1977
    Siarhey Balakhonau, Belarusian writer
  • 1978
    Eric Balfour, American actor
  • 1978
    Kim Hyun-ju, Korean actress
  • 1978
    Stella Damasus Aboderin, Nigerian actress
  • 1979
    Laurentia Tan, Singaporean Paralympic equestrienne
  • 1980
    Austin Nichols, American actor
  • 1980
    Danny Gokey, American singer
  • 1980
    Fernando Arce, Mexican footballer
  • 1980
    Karen Asrian, Armenian chess Grandmaster (d. 2008)
  • 1981
    Dusty Anderson, American pro wrestler
  • 1981
    Taylor Dent, American tennis player
  • 1981
    Yuko Nakanishi, Japanese swimmer
  • 1982
    Kelly Clarkson, American singer
  • 1982
    Laura Hamilton, Dancing On Ice 2011 Runner-Up
  • 1983
    Princess Iman bint Al Hussein of Jordan
  • 1984
    Tyson Ritter, American musician
  • 1986
    Aaron Cunningham, American baseball player
  • 1987
    Jan Vertonghen, Belgian footballer
  • 1987
    Kristopher Letang, Canadian hockey player
  • 1989
    David Boudia, American diver
  • 1992
    Doc Shaw, American child actor
  • 1994
    Austin Rogers, American actor
  • 1998
    Ryan Newman, American actress

Who Died On April 24?

  • 624
    Mellitus, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 709
    Wilfrid, English archbishop and saint
  • 1185
    Emperor Antoku of Japan (b. 1178)
  • 1338
    Theodore I of Montferrat (b. 1291)
  • 1342
    Pope Benedict XII (b. 1285)
  • 1622
    Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Swiss friar and saint (b. 1577)
  • 1656
    Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician and physicist (b. 1561)
  • 1731
    Daniel Defoe, English writer (b. 1660)
  • 1736
    Prince Eugene of Savoy, French-born Austrian general (b. 1663)
  • 1779
    Eleazar Wheelock, American founder of Dartmouth College (b. 1711)
  • 1794
    Axel von Fersen the Elder, Swedish statesman and soldier; father of Axel von Fersen the Younger (b. 1719)
  • 1852
    Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet (b. 1783)
  • 1891
    Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Prussian field marshal (b. 1800)
  • 1924
    G. Stanley Hall, American psychologist (b. 1844)
  • 1931
    David Kldiashvili, Georgian writer (b. 1862)
  • 1938
    George Grey Barnard, American sculptor (b. 1863)
  • 1939
    Louis Trousselier, French cyclist (b. 1881)
  • 1942
    Karin Boye, Swedish author (b. 1900)
  • 1942
    Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author (b. 1874)
  • 1944
    Charles Jordan, American magician (b. 1888)
  • 1944
    William Stephens, American politician (b. 1859)
  • 1945
    Ernst-Robert Grawitz, German physician (b. 1899)
  • 1947
    Hans Biebow, German WWII figure (b. 1902)
  • 1947
    Willa Cather, American writer (b. 1873)
  • 1957
    Harry McClintock, American country singer and hobo (b. 1882)
  • 1960
    Max von Laue, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1879)
  • 1962
    Milt Franklyn, American musician (b. 1897)
  • 1964
    Gerhard Domagk, German bacteriologist (b. 1895)
  • 1965
    Louise Dresser, American actress (b. 1878)
  • 1966
    Simon Chikovani, Georgian poet (b. 1902)
  • 1967
    Vladimir Komarov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1927)
  • 1970
    Otis Spann, American blues pianist (b. 1930)
  • 1974
    Bud Abbott, American actor and comedian (b. 1895)
  • 1975
    Pete Ham, Welsh musician (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)
  • 1986
    Wallis Simpson, wife of Edward, Duke of Windsor (b. 1896)
  • 1993
    Oliver Tambo, South African politician (b. 1917)
  • 1993
    Tran Duc Thao, Vietnamese philosopher (b. 1917)
  • 1997
    Eugene Stoner, American engineer and weapons designer (b. 1922)
  • 1997
    Pat Paulsen, American comedian and politician (b. 1927)
  • 2000
    William Moore, English actor (b. 1916)
  • 2001
    Al Hibbler, American singer (b. 1915)
  • 2001
    Leon Sullivan, African-American civil rights leader and pastor (b. 1922)
  • 2002
    Lucien Wercollier, Luxembourgian sculptor (b. 1908)
  • 2004
    Estée Lauder, American cosmetics entrepreneur (b. 1906)
  • 2005
    Ezer Weizman, Israeli politician (b. 1924)
  • 2005
    Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist (b. 1910)
  • 2006
    Brian Labone, English footballer (b. 1940)
  • 2006
    Moshe Teitelbaum, Hassidic rabbi (b. 1914)
  • 2006
    Steve Stavro, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (b. 1927)
  • 2007
    Roy Jenson, American actor (b. 1927)
  • 2009
    John Michell, British writer (b. 1933)
  • 2011
    Marie-France Pisier, French actress (b. 1944)
  • 2011
    Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru, spiritual figure (b. 1926)

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