Taken from On-This-Day.com

April 24
Birthdays
John Graunt 1620
Edmund Cartwright 1743
Robert Bailey Thomas 1766
George Bascom 1836
Henri Philippe Petain 1856
Robert Penn Warren 1905
Jack E. Leonard 1911
Aaron Bell 1922
J.D. Cannon 1922
John Griffin 1928
Freddy Scott 1933
Shirley Boone 1934
Shirley MacLaine 1934
Jill Ireland 1936
Joe Henderson 1937
Sue Grafton 1940
Barbra Streisand 1942
Richard Sterban (Oak Ridge Boys) 1943
Bob Lunn 1945
Robert Knight 1945
Doug Clifford (CCR) 1945
Glenn Cornick 1947
Eric Bogosian 1953
Vince Ferragamo 1954
Michael O’Keefe 1955
David J. (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets) 1957
Boris Williams (Cure) 1958
Billy Gould (Faith No More) 1963
Paul Ryder (Happy Mondays) 1964
Patty Schemel (Hole) 1967
Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) 1968
Chipper Jones 1972
Eric Balfour 1977
Music History
1721 – Composer Johann Philipp Kirnberger was born.
1792 – The French national anthem, “La Marseillaise,” was composed by Captain Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
1934 – The pipeless organ was patented by Laurens Hammond.
1936 – Benny Goodman and his trio recorded “China Boy.”
1957 – Ricky Nelson’s first record, “Teenager’s Romance,” was released.
1959 – “Your Hit Parade” aired for the last time. The show had been on since 1935.
1961 – Bob Dylan earned a $50 session fee for playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte’s “Midnight Special.” It was his recording debut.
1968 – Apple Records refused to sign David Bowie.
1977 – Talking Heads began its first European tour, supporting the Ramones.
1984 – Jerry Lee Lewis married his sixth wife, Kerrie McCarver.
1985 – RKO Home Video released six black and white film classics starring Fred Astaire.
1990 – The road crew for Roger Waters discovered an unexploded World War II era bomb while constructing the set for “The Wall” concert in Potsdamer Platz, Germany.
1992 – David Bowie and Iman were married. The wedding was announced about a week later.
1992 – “Elvis — The Great Performances” aired on CBS-TV.
1993 – Farm Aid 6 took place in Ames, Iowa.
1994 – Madonna visited the San Antonio Spurs locker room to congratulate David Robinson on his 71-point performance.
1996 – It was announced that Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) was in a drug rehab and could not perform causing the cancellation of several shows.
2002 – Jewel was thrown from a horse and suffered a broken collarbone and a rib.
Misc. History
1519 – Envoys of Montezuma II attended the first Easter mass in Central America.
1547 – Charles V’s troops defeated the Protestant League of Schmalkalden at the battle of Muhlburg.
1558 – Mary, Queen of Scotland, married the French dauphin, Francis.
1800 – The Library of Congress was established with a $5,000 allocation.
1805 – The U.S. Marines attacked and captured the town of Derna in Tripoli.
1833 – A patent was granted for first soda fountain.
1877 – Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire.
1877 – In the U.S., federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans. This was the end to the North’s post-Civil War rule in the South.
1884 – Otto von Bismarck cables Cape Town that South Africa was now a German colony.
1889 – The Edison General Electric Company was organized.
1897 – William Price became the first to be named White House news reporter.
1898 – Spain declared war on the U.S., rejecting America’s ultimatum for Spain to withdraw from Cuba.
1915 – The mass deportation of Armenians by Turks began during World War I.
1916 – Irish nationalist launched the Easter Rebellion against British occupation forces. They were overtaken several days later.
1944 – The first B-29 arrived in China, over the Hump of the Himalayas.
1948 – The Berlin airlift began to relieve the surrounded city.
1952 – Raymond Burr made his TV acting debut on the “Gruen Guild Playhouse” in an episode titled, “The Tiger.”
1953 – Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
1955 – “X-Minus One,” a science fiction show, was first heard for the first time on NBC radio.
1961 – Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 18 batters becoming the first major-league pitcher to do so on two different occasions.
1961 – U.S. President Kennedy accepted “sole responsibility” following Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
1962 – MIT sent a TV signal by satellite for the first time.
1967 – Soviet astronaut Vladimir Komarov died when his craft crashed with a tangled parachute.
1967 – The newest Greek regime banned miniskirts.
1968 – Leftist students took over several campus buildings at Columbia University.
1970 – The People’s Republic of China launched its first satellite.
1973 – Albert Sabin reported that herpesviruses were factors in nine kinds of cancer.
1974 – David Bowie released “Diamond Dogs.”
1981 – The IBM Personal Computer was introduced.
1987 – In Palm Bay, FL, a gunman opened fire in a mall. He killed six and wounded 10.
1989 – Thousands of students began striking in Beijing.
1990 – The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.
1990 – Michael Milken plead guilty to six felonies and agreed to pay a $600 million penalty. He was later sentenced to ten years in prison. Milken had sold junk-bond in the 1980s.
1994 – Madonna visited the San Antonio Spurs locker room to congratulate David Robinson on his 71-point performance.
1997 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. The global treaty banned the development, production, storage and use of chemical weapons.
1998 – ABC confirmed that it was canceling the TV series “Ellen.” The show was the first series to feature an openly gay lead character.
2000 – ABC-TV aired the TV movie “The Three Stooges.”
2003 – A U.S. official reported the North Korea had claimed to have nuclear weapons