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Friday, April 24, 2009

Swine influenza kills at least 68 people and infects at least 1,000 more in Mexico. //www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/04/24/swine.flu/index.html?eref=rss_topstories (CNN)
The World Health Organization expresses concern at the spread of influenza from Mexico and the United States to other countries.ref name=who_statement_2009-04-25 International cases and resulting deaths are confirmed.
Northern Mariana Islands Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Villagomez is convicted of fraud, wire fraud, and bribery. //www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=89717cat=1 ("Saipan Tribune")

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Kevin Tillman, brother of former American football player Pat Tillman, who was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan, accuses the U.S. military of manipulating his death during testimony to the U.S. Congress. //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6588611.stm (BBC)
Gliese 581 c, a potentially Earth-like extrasolar planet habitable for life, is discovered in the constellationLibra.

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Referendums on the Annan Plan for Cyprus, which proposes to re-unite the island, take place in both the Greek-controlled and the Turkish-controlled parts. Although the Turkish Cypriots vote in favour, the Greek Cypriots reject the proposal.

Wednesday, April 24, 1996

At the urging of Yasser Arafat, the Palestine Liberation Organization drops its clause calling for the removal of Israel. The Israeli government responds by dropping a similar clause concerning the existence of Palestine.

Monday, April 24, 1995

A Unabomber bomb kills lobbyist Gilbert Murray in Sacramento, California.

Saturday, April 24, 1982

German singer Nicole wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1982 for Germany, with the song "Ein Bisschen Frieden".

Thursday, April 24, 1980

Pennsylvania Lottery Scandal: the Pennsylvania Lottery is rigged by 6 men including the host of the live TV drawing, Nick Perry.
April 25 ndash Operation Eagle Claw, a commando mission in Iran to rescue American embassy hostages, is aborted after mechanical problems ground the rescue helicopters. Eight United States troops are killed in a mid-air collision during the failed operation.

Thursday, April 24, 1975

Six Red Army Faction terrorists take over the West German embassy in Stockholm, take 11 hostages and demand the release of the group's jailed members shortly after, they are captured by Swedish police. (See West German embassy siege)

Wednesday, April 24, 1974

Stephen King publishes "Carrie", his first novel under his own name.

Friday, April 24, 1970

China's first satellite ("Dong Fang Hong 1") is launched into orbit using a Long March-1 Rocket (CZ-1).

Thursday, April 24, 1969

Recently formed British Leyland launches their first new model, the Austin Maxi in Portugal .

Monday, April 24, 1967

"Soyuz 1": Vladimir Komarov becomes the first Soviet cosmonaut to die, when the parachute of his space capsule fails during re-entry.

Sunday, April 24, 1966

Uniform daylight saving time is first observed in most parts of North America.

Friday, April 24, 1964

The Swedishwarship "Vasa", sunk in 1628, is raised from the waters of Stockholm harbor.

Monday, April 24, 1961

Sierra Leone becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
President Kennedy delivers a revealing speech: "The President and the Press: Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association"//www.jfklibrary.org/Historical+Resources/Archives/Reference+Desk/Speeches/JFK/003POF03NewspaperPublishers04271961.htm JFK Library.org
The Swedish ship "Regalskeppet Vasa" is removed from the water after being sunk 333 years earlier.

Wednesday, April 24, 1957

Patrick Moore presents the first episode of "The Sky at Night", a BBC television programme for astronomy enthusiasts.

Tuesday, April 24, 1951

In Yokohama, Japan a fire on a train kills more than 100.

Monday, April 24, 1950

Britain formally recognises Israel.
Apartheid: In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed, formally segregating the races.
Jordan formally annexes the West Bank.

Saturday, April 24, 1948

Tuesday, April 24, 1945

Retreating German troops destroy all the bridges over the Adige in Verona, including the historical Ponte di Castelvecchio and Ponte Pietra.
Founding negotiations for the United Nations begin in San Francisco.
April ndash The British/Canadian front enters Breman.
WWII ndash Elbe Day: United States and Soviet troops link up at the Elbe River, cutting Germany in two.

Sunday, April 24, 1938

Wednesday, April 24, 1935

William Christian Bullitt, Jr., the US ambassador to Moscow, hosted the elaborately prepared Spring Ball of the Full Moon which is said to have surpassed all other embassy parties in Moscow's history.

Saturday, April 24, 1926

Treaty of Berlin: 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.

Saturday, April 24, 1920

Polish–Soviet War: Polish and anti-Soviet Ukrainian troops attack the Red Army in Soviet Ukraine.

Monday, April 24, 1916

April 30 ndash The Easter Rising occurs in Ireland.

Saturday, April 24, 1915

Beginning of the Armenian Genocide.

Saturday, April 24, 1897

The first ever Challenge Cup final is played at Headingley.

Tuesday, April 24, 1877

Russo-Turkish War, 1877–1878: the Russian Empire declares war on the Ottoman Empire.

Monday, April 24, 1871

Murder of servant girl Jane Clouson in Eltham.

Tuesday, April 24, 1827

Greek War of Independence ndash Battle of Phaleron: Ottoman troops defeats the Greek rebels.

Thursday, April 24, 1800

The U.S. Library of Congress is founded.

Tuesday, April 24, 1792

Highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier becomes the first person executed by guillotine.
"La Marseillaise", the French national anthem, is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
The guillotine is first used experimentally in France.

Wednesday, April 24, 1748

War of the Austrian Succession: A congress assembles at Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen) with the intent to conclude the war.
August ndash The Camberwell Beauty butterfly is named after specimens found at Camberwell in London.

Thursday, April 24, 1704

The first regular newspaper in British North America, "The Boston News-Letter", is published.

Saturday, April 24, 1655

The massacre of the Waldensians by Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy, memorialized in a poem.

Monday, April 24, 1617

Encouraged by Charles d'Albert, the seventeen-year-old Louis XIII, king of France, forces his mother Marie de Medici, who has held "de facto" power, into retirement and has her favourite, Concino Concini, assassinated.
Encouraged by Charles d\\'Albert, the seventeen-year-old Louis XIII, king of France, forces his mother Marie de Medici, who has held "de facto" power, into retirement and has her favourite, Concino Concini, assassinated.

Friday, April 24, 1592

Battle of Sangju: The Japanese are victorious over the Koreans.

Wednesday, April 24, 1585

Pope Sixtus V succeeds Pope Gregory XIII as the 227th pope.

Thursday, April 14, 1558 (Julianian calendar)

Thursday, April 14, 1547 (Julianian calendar)

Thursday, April 14, 1541 (Julianian calendar)

Battle of Sahart: The Emperor of Ethiopia defeated an attack by the forces of ImamAhmad Gragn.

Sunday, April 14, 1521 (Julianian calendar)

Revolt of the Comuneros ndash Battle of Villalar: Castilian royalists defeat the rebels and execute their three leaders.

Wednesday, April 20, 858 (Julianian calendar)

Pope Nicholas I succeeds Pope Benedict III as the 105th pope.
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