On This Day..... April 24

 

APRIL 24TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PIGS IN A BLANKET DAY
  • TODAY IS NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK DAY IN MASSACHUSETTS
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • SHIRLEY MACLAINE (1934, 84)
  • BARBRA STREISAND (1942, 76)
 
  • RICHARD DALEY (1942, 76)
  • PAUL CELLUCI (1948, 70)
 
  • JEAN PAUL GAULTIER (1952, 66)
  • CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER (1964, 54)
 
  • DJIMON HOUNSOU (1964, 54)
  • KELLY CLARKSON (1982, 36)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1184 BC, GREEK SOLDIERS SNEAK INTO THE CITY OF TROY INSIDE A WOODEN HORSE
  • IN 1704, THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL US NEWSPAPER, THE BOSTON NEWS LETTER, OPENS
  • IN 1800, THE UNITED STATES LIBRARY OF CONGRESS OPENS
 
  • IN 1833, JACOB EVERT PATENTS THE SODA FOUNTAIN
  • IN 1874, JESSE JAMES MARRIES HS COUSIN ZERELDA MIMMS
  • IN 1877, THE LAST UNION TROOPS CALLED HOME FROM THE SOUTH IN NEW ORLEANS
  • IN 1886, OIL IS DISCOVERED IN EGYPT, THE FIRST MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRY TO BEGIN DRILLING FOR OIL
  • IN 1888, GEORGE EASTMAN FOUNDS EASTMAN KODAK
 
  • IN 1897, WILLIAM PRICE OF THE WASHINGTON STAR BECOMES THE FIRST REPORTER PERMANENTLY STATIONED AT THE WHITE HOUSE
  • IN 1898, THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR BEGINS WHEN SPAIN REFUSES TO WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM CUBA
  • IN 1907, MILTON HERSHEY OPENS HERSHEY PARK IN PENNSYLVANIA, WHICH IS INITIALLY A PRIVATE PARK FOR HERSHEY EMPLOYEES ONLY
 
  • IN 1908, JACOB MURDOCK AND HIS WIFE ARE THE FIRST PEOPLE TO DRIVE CROSS COUNTRY IN A PRIVATE CAR. THEY TRAVEL FROM LOS ANGELES TO NEW YORK IN A PACKARD IN 32 DAYS AND FIVE HOURS
  • IN 1913, THE WOOLWORTH BUILDING, THEN THE TALLEST IN THE WORLD, OPENS
 
  • IN 1915, THE TURKS BEGIN THE MASSACRE OF ARMENIANS IN WHAT WOULD BECOME KNOWN AS ARMENIAN MARTYRS DAY
  • IN 1916, IRISH REPUBLIC FIGHTERS BEGIN THE EASTER RISING AGAINST THE BRITISH OCCUPATION OF DUBLIN
  • IN 1917, CONGRESS PASSES THE LIBERTY LOAN ACT ALLOWING THE TREASURY TO ISSUE $2 BILLION IN WAR BONDS
  • IN 1944, BILLY WILDER RELEASES “DOUBLE INDEMNITY”
 
  • IN 1950, “PETER PAN” OPENS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1950, PRESIDENT TRUMAN PUBLICLY DENIES THAT THERE ARE COMMUNISTS IN THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
  • IN 1953, QUEEN ELIZABETH II MAKES WINSTON CHURCHILL A BRITISH KNIGHT
  • IN 1961, DEL SHANNON HITS #1 WITH “RUNAWAY”
 
  • IN 1961, PRESIDENT KENNEDY TAKES “SOLE RESPONSIBILITY” FOR THE BAY OF PIGS
  • IN 1968, THE BEATLES APPLE RECORDS TURNS DOWN A CONTRACT FOR DAVID BOWIE
  • IN 1969, PAUL MCCARTNEY PUBLICLY DENIES RUMORS THAT HE IS DEAD
  • IN 1979, THE RAMONES ROCK MUSICAL “ROCK AND ROLL HIGH SCHOOL” IS RELEASED
 
  • IN 1980, 8 PEOPLE DIE IN A MILITARY OPERATION TO RESCUE 52 HOSTAGES IN IRAN
  • IN 1980, AN ATTEMPT TO CHEAT THE PENNSYLVANIA LOTTERY SYSTEM ACCIDENTALLY ENDS IN “666” COMES UP AS THE WINNER NUMBER. THE JOHN TRAVOLTA FILM “LUCKY NUMBERS” IS BASED ON THIS EVENT
 
  • IN 1989, THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS PROTEST ACROSS BEIJING, CHINA
  • IN 1989, MASSACHUSETTS DECLARES APRIL 24TH TO BE “NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK DAY”
  • IN 1989, DISNEY DEBUTS “THE ALL NEW MICKEY MOUSE CLUB”
 
  • IN 1990, MICHAEL MILKEN PLEADS GUILTY TO 6 FELONY SECURITIES VIOLATIONS
  • IN 1990, THE HUBBLE TELESCOPE LAUNCHES
  • IN 1992, DAVID BOWIE MARRIES IMAN
  • IN 2003, CHRISTINA AGUILERA’S “BEAUTIFUL” IS THE FIRST #1 ON THE NEWLY FORMED DIGITAL DOWNLOAD CHART
 
  • IN 2003, THE DIXIE CHICKS GIVE AN INTERVIEW TO DIANE SAWYER AND POSE NUDE ON THE COVER OF ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY IN AN ATTEMPT TO RESTART THEIR CAREER AFTER CONTROVERSIAL STATEMENTS ABOUT PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
 
  • IN 2004, THE UNITED STATES LIFTS ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ON LIBYA AFTER 18 YEARS
  • IN 2004, ELI MANNING IS THE FIRST PICK IN THE NFL DRAFT
 
  • IN 2004, ESTEE LAUDER DIES AT 97
  • IN 2005, CARDINAL RATZINGER IS INAUGURATED AS POPE PENEDICT XVI
  • IN 2007, WHITNEY HOUSTON DIVORCES BOBBY BROWN AFTER 14 YEARS
  • IN 2018, PRESIDENT TRUMP HOSTS HIS FIRST STATE DINNER FOR FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON
 

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