THIS DAY IN HISTORY 24/04


This Day in History 24/04

APRIL 24TH


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1872 – Volcano Vesuvius erupts





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



1898 – Spanish-American War: Spain delares war after rejecting US ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba



1928 – Fathometer, which measures underwater depth, patented



1945 – Delegates of 46 countries gather in SF (to discuss UN)



1950 – Independent republic of South Molukkas declared



1968 – Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations.



1970 – Gambia becomes a republic within Commonwealth



1970 – Senegal adopts constitution



1981 – IBM-PC computer 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 – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.


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FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS



1743 – Edmund Cartwright, England, cleric, inventor (power loom



1905 – Robert Penn Warren, 1st US poet laureate (All the King’s Men



1934 – Shirley MacLaine, Richmond Va, actress/mystic (Irma la Douce)


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1942 – Barbra Streisand, Brooklyn New York, American singer/actress/award winner (People)


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1978 – Stella Damasus Aboderin, Nigerian actress


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1982 – Kelly Clarkson, Fort Worth, Texas, American singer and winner of the inaugural season of TV series American Idol


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FAMOUS DEATHS



1731 – Daniel Defoe, English novelist (Robinson Crusoe), dies at about 70


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1986 – Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], British King Edward VIII abdicated for her, dies at 89


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2001 – Leon Sullivan, African-American civil rights leader and pastor (b. 1922)



2004 – Estée Lauder, American cosmetics entrepreneur (b. 1906)

2009 – John Michell, British writer, (b. 1933)


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2011 – Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru, spiritual figure (b. 1926)

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