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April 24th, 2007 (April 24 2007)EventIceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime.
April 24th, 2006 (April 24 2006)EventKing Gyanendra of Nepal gives into the demands of protesters and restores the parliament that he dissolved in 2002.
April 24th, 2005 (April 24 2005)EventCardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
April 24th, 2004 (April 24 2004)EventThe United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.
April 24th, 1996 (April 24 1996)EventIn the United States, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 is introduced.
April 24th, 1993 (April 24 1993)EventThe 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act comes into force establishing Panchayati Raj system in India.
April 24th, 1993 (April 24 1993)EventAn IRA bomb devastates the Bishopsgate area of London.
April 24th, 1991 (April 24 1991)EventFreddie Stowers is awarded the posthumous Medal of Honor for which he had been recommended in 1918.
April 24th, 1990 (April 24 1990)EventSTS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched by the Space Shuttle Discovery.
April 24th, 1990 (April 24 1990)EventGruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine.
April 24th, 1980 (April 24 1980)EventEight U.S. servicemen die in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis.
April 24th, 1975 (April 24 1975)EventThe Baader-Meinhof Gang blows up the West German embassy in Stockholm.
April 24th, 1970 (April 24 1970)EventThe first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched.
April 24th, 1970 (April 24 1970)EventThe Gambia becomes a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations, with Dawda Jawara as the first President.
April 24th, 1968 (April 24 1968)EventMauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations.
April 24th, 1967 (April 24 1967)EventCosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1, when the parachute fails to open. He is the first human to die during a space mission.
April 24th, 1967 (April 24 1967)EventVietnam 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."
April 24th, 1965 (April 24 1965)EventCivil war breaks out in the Dominican Republic when Colonel Francisco Caamano, overthrows the triumvirate that was in power since the coup d etat against Juan Bosch.
April 24th, 1964 (April 24 1964)EventMexico becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
April 24th, 1963 (April 24 1963)EventMarriage of Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Kent to Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey in London.
April 24th, 1961 (April 24 1961)EventThe 17th century Swedish ship Vasa is salvaged.
April 24th, 1955 (April 24 1955)EventThe Bandung Conference ends: Twenty-nine non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa finish a meeting that condemns colonialism, racism, and the Cold War.
April 24th, 1953 (April 24 1953)EventWinston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.Winston Churchill Quotes
April 24th, 1918 (April 24 1918)EventFirst tank-to-tank combat, at Villers-Bretonneux, France, when three British Mark IVs met three German A7Vs.
April 24th, 1916 (April 24 1916)EventEaster Rising begins: The Irish Republican Brotherhood led by nationalists Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, and Joseph Plunkett start a rebellion in Ireland.
April 24th, 1916 (April 24 1916)EventErnest 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 ice-trapped ship Endurance.
April 24th, 1915 (April 24 1915)EventThe Armenian Genocide begins with a massacre of hundreds of prominent Armenians in Constantinople (now Istanbul).
April 24th, 1913 (April 24 1913)EventThe skyscraper Woolworth Building in New York City is opened.
April 24th, 1907 (April 24 1907)EventHersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened.
April 24th, 1898 (April 24 1898)EventThe Spanish-American War: The United States declare war on Spain.
April 24th, 1877 (April 24 1877)EventRusso-Turkish War, 1877-1878: Russia declares war on Ottoman Empire.
April 24th, 1862 (April 24 1862)EventAmerican 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.
April 24th, 1800 (April 24 1800)EventThe 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".John Adams Quotes
April 24th, 1704 (April 24 1704)EventThe first regular newspaper in the United States, the Boston, Massachusetts New-Letter, is published.
April 24th, 1558 (April 24 1558)EventMary Queen of Scots marries the Dauphin of France, Francois, at Notre Dame de Paris.
April 24th, 1479 (April 24 1479)EventThutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty). Hatshepsut Quotes
April 24th, 1184 (April 24 1184)EventGreeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse (traditional).

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