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TODAY IN HISTORY



Today in History: Friday, April  24, 2015
AP Highlight in History: 
On April 24, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.
 
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1792 The French national anthem, "La Marseillaise," was composed by Capt. Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
1800 Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress.
1877 Federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans, ending the North's post-Civil War rule in the South.
1898 Spain declared war on the United States after rejecting America's ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
1915 The Ottoman Empire rounded up Armenian political and cultural leaders in Constantinople at the start of what many scholars regard as the first genocide of the 20th century, in which an estimated 1.5 million Armenians died.
1916 The Easter uprising began when some 1,600 Irish nationalists seized several key sites in Dublin.
1962 The Massachusetts Institute of Technology achieved the first satellite relay of a television signal.
1980 The United States launched an abortive attempt to free the American hostages in Iran; eight U.S. servicemen died.
Audio Link President Carter announces the failed mission.

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1996 The main assembly of the Palestine Liberation Organization voted to revoke clauses in its charter that called for an armed struggle to destroy Israel.
2005 Pope Benedict XVI was installed as leader of the Roman Catholic Church in cermonies at the Vatican.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Singer Danny Gokey ("American Idol") turns 73 years old today.
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Name Profession Age
Shirley MacLaine Actress 81
Sue Grafton Author 75
Richard M. Daley Former mayor of Chicago 73
Richard Sterban Country singer (The Oak Ridge Boys) 72
Doug Clifford Rock musician (Creedence Clearwater Revival) 70
Eric Bogosian Actor 62
Glenn Morshower Actor ("24") 56
Djimon Hounsou Actor 51
Cedric the Entertainer Actor, comedian 51
Omar Vizquel Baseball player 48
Eric Balfour Actor 38
Carlos Beltran Baseball player 38
Danny Gokey Singer ("American Idol") 35
Kelly Clarkson Singer ("American Idol") 33
Retired baseball player Chipper Jones turns 43 years old today.
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