About April 24

April 24, 2021 is the 114th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 251 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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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 283 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.
  • 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.
  • 1898
    The Spanish-American War: The United States declares war on Spain.
  • 1907
    Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened.
  • 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 .
  • 1932
    Benny Rothman leads the mass trespass of Kinder Scout, leading to substantial legal reforms in the United Kingdom.
  • 1953
    Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 1955
    The Bandung Conference ends: 29 non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa finish a meeting that condemns colonialism, racism, and the Cold War.
  • 1967
    Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when its parachute fails to open. He is the first human to die during a space mission.
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 1993
    An IRA bomb devastates the Bishopsgate area of London.
  • 1996
    In the United States, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 is introduced.
  • 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
    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.
  • 2007
    Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime.

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