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24th April: Find Out What Happened On This Day In History

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April 24 is the 114th day of the year (115th in leap years). There are 251 days until the end of the year. Today also marks the World Day for Laboratory Animals. Find out some of the important events that occurred on this day in history.


Historical events

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).

1184 BC — The Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse.


The Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse on 24th April 1184 BC
The Trojan Horse


24th April historical events After the Death of Christ (AD)

858 — Nicholas I succeeds Benedict III as pope.

1066 — Halley’s Comet sparks English monk to predict the destruction of the country.

1288 — Jews of Troyes France face the accusation of ritual murder.

1364 — Pope Urban V names John V van Virneburg as Bishop of Utrecht.

1524 — Duke of Bourbon drives Admiral Bonnivet out of Milan.

1596 — Pacificatie of Ireland drawn.

1704 — “Boston News-Letter,” the first successful newspaper in US, forms.

1793 — French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat is acquitted by the Revolutionary Tribunal of charges brought by the Girondin in Paris.

1800 — US Library of Congress establishes with $5,000 allocation.

1823 — Eugene Scribes opera “Le Menteur Veridique” premieres in Paris.

1833 — Jacob Evert and George Dulty patent the first soda fountain.

1865 — Fire alarm and police telegraph system begin operations in San Francisco.

1872 — Volcano Mt Vesuvius erupts in Italy.

1877 — Russia declares war on the Ottoman Empire in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78.

1880 — Amateur Athletic Association, the governing body for men’s athletics in England and Wales founded in Oxford, England.

1884 — National Medical Association of Black physicians organises in Atlanta.

1888 — Eastman Kodak founded by George Eastman.


Eastman Kodak founded by George Eastman. on 24th April 1888
Kodak camera


1891 — Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Final Problem”.

1894 — French cyclist Henri Desgrange rides 100km in world record 2:39:18.

1895 — Joshua Slocum completes around-the-world voyage in an 11-m boat.

1897 — First reporter, William Price (Washington Star), assigned to White House.

1898 — Spain declares war after rejecting US ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba in the Spanish-American War.


20th Century

1904 — President Loubet of France visits King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy. He pointedly ignores the Pope, exacerbating relations between France and the Roman Catholic Church.

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

1908 — Mr and Mrs Jacob Murdock become the first to travel across the US by car. They leave LA in a Packard and arrive in NYC in 32d-5h-25m.

1909 — Harry Hillman and 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 opens. It is the world’s tallest building at the time.

1915 — German army fires chloroform gas in Ypres (Leper).

1916 — Easter Rising of Irish republicans against British occupation begins in Dublin.

1920 — The British Mandate over Palestine goes into effect (lasts 28 years).

1928 — Fathometer, which measures underwater depth, patented.

1929 — The first non-stop England to India flight takes-off.

1938 — Lindenheuvel football team forms.


More historical events on 24th April

1950 — “Peter Pan” opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 320 performances.


Peter Pan


1950 — the Independent Republic of South Molukkas declared.

1953 — Winston Churchill knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

1956 — AL umpire Frank Umont is 1st to wear glasses in a regular season game.

1960 — “Miracle Worker and “Fiorello!” win in 14th Tony Awards.

1960 — Heavy earthquake strikes South Persia and kills 500.

1960 — Record 4 grand slams hit today.

1961 — JFK accepts “sole responsibility” following Bay of Pigs.

1962 — Massachusetts Institute of Technology sends TV signal by satellite for the first time from California to Massachusetts.

1963 — The US performs a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site. The country performs another on this day in 1975.

1968 — USSR performs a nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR.

1969 — Paul McCartney debunks rumours that he is dead.

1970 — People’s Republic of China launches its 1st satellite transmitting song “East is Red”.

1970 — Gambia becomes a republic within the Commonwealth.

1981 — Bill Shoemaker wins his 8,000th race, 2000 more than any other jockey.

1982 — American singer, songwriter and television personality Kelly Brianne Clarkson is born.

1984 — Apple releases the Apple IIc portable computer costing $1,295.

1991 — Due to the increase in portable phones many golf clubs ban the use on the golf course because of the distraction to other players. They must now be turned off when starting the round of Golf.

1992 — Vinson Pike fined £1000 for distributing obscene computer pictures.


21st Century

2007 — The former Governor of Lagos State and leader of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, docks before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, sitting in Abuja. This is based on allegations that he operated 10 foreign accounts while in office between 1999 and 2007.


Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Credit: Callistus Ewelike/NAN


2008 — Members of a white-collar union working for Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) begin an indefinite strike over pay and working conditions. MPN is an affiliate of US oil group Exxon Mobil.

2008 — MEND (Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta) fighters sabotage a Royal Dutch Shell oil pipeline in southern Rivers State.

2008 — Wesley Snipes sentenced in Florida on tax evasion charges.

2010 — Christy Turlington’s directorial debut, “No Woman, No Cry”, releases in the US.

2013 — 33 people are killed and 115 are injured after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

2015 — Armenia commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire.

2018 — Suffragist Millicent Fawcett is the first woman to have a statue erected in Parliament Square, London, England.

2018 — Streaming music services overtake worldwide sales of CDs and vinyl for the first time. This is according to IFPI.

2018 — Ed Sheeran’s “÷” is the best-selling album of 2017, selling 6.1 million copies, according to IFPI.

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