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History Events on April 24


Easter Rising
Easter Rising: Irish rebels, led by Patrick Pearse and James Connolly, launch an uprising in Dublin against British rule and proclaim an Irish Republic.

#Easter_Rising

Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
In the United States, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 is passed into law.

#Antiterrorism_and_Effective_Death_Penalty_Act_of_1996

Franck-Hertz experiment
The Franck-Hertz experiment, a pillar of quantum mechanics, is presented to the German Physical Society.

#Franck-Hertz_experiment

World War I
World War I: First tank-to-tank combat, during the second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux. Three British Mark IVs meet three German A7Vs.

#World_War_I

Suez Crisis
Suez Crisis: The Suez Canal is reopened following the introduction of UNEF peacekeepers to the region.

#Suez_Crisis

Joshua Slocum
Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail single-handedly around the world, sets sail from Boston, Massachusetts aboard the sloop "Spray".

#Joshua_Slocum

Ernest Shackleton
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 crew of the sunken Endurance.

#Ernest_Shackleton

Battle of Mühlberg
Battle of Mühlberg. Duke of Alba, commanding Spanish-Imperial forces of Charles I of Spain, defeats the troops of Schmalkaldic League.

#Battle_of_Mühlberg

Dominican Republic
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.

#Dominican_Republic

Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy
Marriage of HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent to the Hon Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey in London.

#Princess_Alexandra,_The_Honourable_Lady_Ogilvy

Operation Eagle Claw
Eight U.S. servicemen die in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis.

#Operation_Eagle_Claw

Mary, Queen of Scots
Mary, Queen of Scots, marries the Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris.

#Mary,_Queen_of_Scots

Library of Congress
The United States Library of Congress is established when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress".

#Library_of_Congress

The Gambia
The Gambia becomes a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations, with Dawda Jawara as its first President.

#The_Gambia

Imperial Wireless Chain
The first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, comes into operation.

#Imperial_Wireless_Chain

Special Boat Service
World War II: The SBS launches a raid against the garrison of Santorini in Greece.

#Special_Boat_Service

Vietnam War
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".

#Vietnam_War

Woolworth Building
The Woolworth Building, a skyscraper in New York City, is opened.

#Woolworth_Building

Economic sanctions
The United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.

#Economic_sanctions

Thutmose III
Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th dynasty).

#Thutmose_III

Thirteen Colonies
The first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, The Boston News-Letter, is published.

#Thirteen_Colonies

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

#Winston_Churchill

STS-31
STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery.

#STS-31

Sharpshooter
American sharpshooter Annie Oakley is hired by Nate Salsbury to be a part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West.

#Sharpshooter

Astronaut
Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1 when its parachute fails to open. He is the first human to die during a space mission.

#Astronaut

Deportation of Armenian intellectuals on 24 April 1915
The arrest of 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Istanbul marks the beginning of the Armenian Genocide.

#Deportation_of_Armenian_intellectuals_on_24_April_1915

Bandung Conference
The Bandung Conference ends: Twenty-nine non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa finish a meeting that condemns colonialism, racism, and the Cold War.

#Bandung_Conference

Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany begins its persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses by shutting down the Watch Tower Society office in Magdeburg.

#Nazi_Germany

Gruinard Island
Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine.

#Gruinard_Island

Violence in Bachu County, Kashgar Prefecture, of China's Xinjiang results in death of 21 people.
A building collapses near Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,129 people and injuring 2,500 others.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
An IRA bomb devastates the Bishopsgate area of London.
Benny Rothman leads the mass trespass of Kinder Scout, leading to substantial legal reforms in the United Kingdom.
The Treaty of Berlin is signed. Germany and the Soviet Union each pledge neutrality in the event of an attack on the other by a third party for the next five years.
Russo-Turkish War: Russian Empire declares war on Ottoman Empire.