About April 24

April 24, 2024 is the 115th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 251 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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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 280 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.
  • 1704
    The first regular newspaper in the United States, the News-Letter, is published in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 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.
  • 1877
    Russo-Turkish War: Russian Empire declares war on Ottoman Empire.
  • 1904
    The Lithuanian press ban is lifted after almost 40 years.
  • 1907
    Al Ahly was founded.
  • 1907
    Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened.
  • 1913
    The Woolworth Building skyscraper in New York City is opened.
  • 1922
    The first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, comes into operation.
  • 1932
    Benny Rothman leads the mass trespass of Kinder Scout, leading to substantial legal reforms in the United Kingdom.
  • 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
    Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when its parachute fails to open. He is the first human to die during a space mission.
  • 1971
    Soyuz 10 docks with Salyut 1.
  • 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.
  • 1990
    STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery.
  • 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.
  • 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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