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Today in History: April 24

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April 24

858   St. Nicholas I begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
1519   Envoys of Montezuma II attend the first Easter mass in Central America.
1547   Charles V’s troops defeat the Protestant League of Schmalkalden at the Battle of Muhlberg.
1558   Mary, Queen of Scotland, marries the French dauphin, Francis.
1792   Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle composes “La Marseillaise”. It will become France’s national anthem.
1800   The Library of Congress is established in Washington, D.C. with a $5,000 allocation.
1805   U.S. Marines attack and capture the town of Derna in Tripoli from the Barbary pirates.
1833   A patent is granted for the first soda fountain.
1877   Russia declares war on the Ottoman Empire.
1884   Otto von Bismarck cables Cape Town, South Africa that it is now a German colony.
1898   Spain declares war on United States, rejecting an ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
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Irish rebels led by Patrick Pearse and James Connolly, proclaiming an Irish Republic, launch an uprising in Dublin against British home rule. It will take British authorities six days to suppress the uprising due. [From MHQ—The Quarterly Journal of Military History]

1916   Irish nationalists launch the Easter Uprising against British occupation.
1944   The first B-29 arrives in China, over the Hump of the Himalayas.
1948   The Berlin airlift begins to relieve the surrounded city.
1953   Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
1961   President John Kennedy accepts “sole responsibility” for the failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs.
1968   Leftist students take over Columbia University in protest over the Vietnam War.
1980   A rescue attempt of the U.S. hostages held in Iran fails when a plane collides with a helicopter in the Iranian desert.
1981   The IBM Personal Computer is introduced.
1989   Thousands of Chinese students strike in Beijing for more democratic reforms.
Born on April 24
1620   John Graunt, statistician, founder of demography.
1743   Edmund Cartwright, English parson who invented the power loom.
1766   Robert Bailey Thomas, founder of the Farmer’s Almanac.
1769   Arthur Wellesley, general during the Napoleonic Wars, Duke of Wellington.
1815   Anthony Trollope, British novelist.
1856   Henri Philippe Pétain, French Marshall, WWI hero, Nazi collaborator.
1900   Elizabeth Goudge, English author.
1904   Willem de Kooning, abstract impressionist painter.
1905   Robert Penn Warren, novelist, America’s first poet laureate.
1906   William Joyce, ‘Lord Haw-Haw,’ British traitor, Nazi propagandist.