Today in History Today is Sunday, April 24, the 114th day of 2022. There are 251 days left in the…
Today in History
Today is Sunday, April 24, the 114th day of 2022. There are 251 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On April 24, 1962, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology made the first satellite relay of a television signal, between Camp Parks, California, and Westford, Massachusetts.
To this date :
In 1877, Federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans, ending Northern rule after the Civil War in the South.
In 1915, in what is considered the start of the Armenian Genocide, the Ottoman Empire began gathering Armenian political and cultural leaders in Constantinople.
In 1960, riots broke out in Biloxi, Mississippi, after black protesters staging a “wade-in” on a whites-only beach were attacked by a crowd of hostile whites.
In 1961, following the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, the White House issued a statement saying that President John F. Kennedy “is solely responsible for the events of the past few days”.
In 1967, Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was killed when his Soyuz 1 spacecraft crashed into Earth after its parachutes failed to deploy properly during re-entry; he was the first human death in spaceflight.
In 1980, the United States launched an unsuccessful attempt to free American hostages in Iran, a mission that resulted in the deaths of eight American servicemen.
In 1990, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.
In 1995, the last Unabomber-related bomb exploded inside the Sacramento, California offices of a wood products industry lobby group, killing chief lobbyist Gilbert B. Murray. (Theodore Kaczynski was later sentenced to four life terms in prison for a series of bombings that killed three men and injured 29 others.)
In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI officially began his stewardship of the Roman Catholic Church; Former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said in his installation homily that as pontiff he would listen to God’s will to rule the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics.
In 2013 in Bangladesh, a poorly constructed eight-story commercial building housing garment factories collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people.
In 2019, outspoken racist John William King was executed in Texas for the 1998 murder of James Byrd Jr., who was chained to the back of a truck and dragged along a road outside of Jasper, TX; prosecutors said Byrd was targeted because he was black.
In 2020, the Food and Drug Administration issued an alert about the dangers of using a malaria drug that President Donald Trump had repeatedly promoted for coronavirus patients. The parent company of Lysol and another disinfectant has warned that its products should not be used as an internal treatment for the coronavirus, a day after Trump questioned the prospect aloud during a White House briefing.
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama went after the college vote, telling students at the University of North Carolina that he and first lady Michelle Obama had ‘been in your shoes’ and hadn’t repaid their loans students than eight years earlier. Republican Mitt Romney swept the primaries in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York.
Five years ago: Two inmates received lethal injections on the same stretcher about three hours apart as Arkansas completed the nation’s first double execution since 2000, just days after the state ended to a nearly 12-year hiatus in the administration of capital punishment. Astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the US record for most times in space and spoke about Mars during a congratulatory call from President Donald Trump to the International Space Station.
A year ago: Flames engulfed the intensive care unit of a Baghdad hospital for coronavirus patients, killing more than 80 and injuring more than 100. The United States has officially declared the systematic murder and deportation of more than a million Armenians by the forces of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century to be “genocide,” a term the White House avoided. to use for decades for fear of alienating allied Turkey.
Today’s birthdays: Actress Shirley MacLaine turns 88. Actress-singer-director Barbra Streisand is 80 years old. Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is 80 years old. Country singer Richard Sterban (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 79. Rock musician Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 77. R&B singer Ann Peebles is 75. Former Irish Taoiseach (TEE’-shuk) Enda Kenny is 71. Actor-playwright Eric Bogosian is 69 years old. Singer-rock musician Jack Blades (Night Ranger) is 68 years old. Actor Michael O’Keefe is 67 years old. Rock musician David J (Bauhaus) is 65 years old. Actor Glenn Morshower is 63 years old. Rock musician Billy Gould is 59 years old. Actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer is 58 years old. Actor Djimon Hounsou (JEYE’-mihn OHN’-soo) is 58. Rock musician Patty Schemel is 55. Actor Stacy Haiduk is 54 years old. Rock musician Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) is 54 years old. Actor Aidan Gillen is 54 years old. Actress Melinda Clarke is 53 years old. Actor Rory McCann is 53 years old. 51. Country-rock musician Brad Morgan (Drive-By Truckers) is 51. Rock musician Brian Marshall (Creed; Alt er Bridge) is 49 years old. Actor Derek Luke is 48 years old. Actor-producer Thad Luckinbill is 47. Actor Eric Balfour is 45 years old. Actor Rebecca Mader is 45 years old. Country singer Rebecca Lynn Howard is 43. Country singer Danny Gokey is 42 years old. Actor Reagan Gomez is 42 years old. Actor Austin Nichols is 42 years old. Actor Sasha Barrese is 41 years old. Contemporary Christian musician Jasen Rauch (Red) is 41 years old. Singer Kelly Clarkson is 40 years old. Rock singer-musician Tyson Ritter (The All-American Rejects) is 38 years old. Carly Pearce is 32 years old. Actor Joe Keery is 30 years old. Actor Jack Quaid is 30 years old. Actor Doc Shaw is 30 years old. Actor Jordan Fisher is 28 years old. Golfer Lydia Ko is 25 years old.
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