Date History - On this day in history

What happened today in history

Born on this day - April 24th

1977 - Eric Balfour, American actor

1973 - Sachin Tendulkar, Indian cricketer

1964 - Cedric the Entertainer, American comedian and actor

1954 - Mumia Abu-Jamal, American journalist, political activist, and death-row inmate

1941 - John Williams, Australian guitarist

1933 - Claire Davenport, British actress (d. 2002)

1924 - Sir Clement Freud, British writer, radio personality, and politician

1906 - William Joyce, Irish fascist (d. 1946)

1896 - Benjamin Whorf, American linguist (d. 1941)

1856 - Henri Philippe Petain, French soldier and statesman (d. 1951)

1580 - Vincent de Paul, French saint (d. 1660)

Died on this day - April 24th

2001 - Al Hibbler, American singer (b. 1915)

1982 - Ville Ritola, Finnish athlete (b. 1896)

1964 - Gerhard Domagk, German bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (declined) (b. 1895)

1938 - George Grey Barnard, American sculptor (b. 1863)

1736 - Prince Eugene of Savoy, French-born Austrian general (b. 1663)

Events on this day - April 24th

1995 - The last Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 rolls off the assembly line.

1990 - Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of anthrax after 48 years of quarantine.

1975 - The Baader-Meinhof Gang blow up the West German embassy in Stockholm.

1967 - Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1, when the parachute fails to open. He was the first human to die during a space mission.

1953 - Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

1898 - Spanish-American War: Spain declares war on the United States.

1184 BC - Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse (traditional).



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