1704: The Boston News Letter – the first regularly distributed paper in British Colonial America – is published on this day.
1800: United States’ President John Adams signs legislation that makes a $5,000 dollar appropriation to purchase “books that may be necessary for Congress’ use.” This establishes the U.S Library of Congress.
1885: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show hires American sharpshooter Annie Oakley.
1913: The Woolworth Building in New York is officially opened.
1914: The German Physical Society is presented with the Franck-Hertz Experiment.
1926: Germany and the Soviet Union sign the Treaty of Berlin. This treaty pledges that each party will remain neutral in the event of an attack on the other by a third party to last for a period of 5-years.
1933: Nazi German shuts down the Watch Tower Society office in Magdeburg as they begin persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
1953: Queen Elizabeth II knights Winston Churchill.
1980: 8 United States servicemen die as they try to end the Iran hostage crisis in an operation known as Operation Eagle Claw.
1990: From the Space Shuttle Discovery, the Hubble Space Telescope is launched.
1996: The Anti-terrorism & Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 is passed into law in the U.S.
2013: Over eleven hundred people are killed and another twenty-five hundred are wounded when a building collapses near Dhaka, Bangladesh.
2013: Twenty-one people die as a result of violence in the Kashgar Prefecture of China.
Famous Birthdays on April 24
American director and screenwriter, William Castle is born in 1914.
American chef and author, Justin Wilson is born in 1914.
American actress and singer, Ruth Kobart is born in 1924.
American actress, singer and dancer, Shirley MacLaine is born in 1934.
English actress Jill Ireland is born in 1936.
American author Sue Grafton is born in 1940.
American singer and actress, Barbra Streisand is born in 1942.
American biochemist and Nobel Prize laureate, Roger D. Kornberg is born in 1947.
American actor and author, Eric Bogosian is born in 1953.
American actor Michael O’Keefe is born in 1955.
American comedian and actor, Cedric the Entertainer is born in 1964.