Today in History: April 24

Today in History: April 24

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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.

1915

Turks of the Ottoman Empire begin massacring the Armenian minority in their country.

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.