About April 24

April 24, 2023 is the 114th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 251 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Taurus is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 292 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On April 24

  • 1558
    Mary, Queen of Scots, marries the Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris.
  • 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.
  • 1907
    Al Ahly was founded.
  • 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.
  • 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
    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 first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched.
  • 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.
  • 1993
    An IRA bomb devastates the Bishopsgate area of London.
  • 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.

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