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On this day in history - April 24

What Happened On This Day – April 24

  • 2013 1129 people die in Bangladesh in the worst building collapse disaster in modern history

    The building was used by clothing factories producing garments for western markets, highlighting the disastrous working conditions in the industry.

  • 2005 Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as Pope Benedict XVI

    The German was considered a particularly conservative Pope - quite unlike his successor, Pope Francis.

  • 1990 The Hubble Space Telescope is launched into Earth orbit

    Unhindered by the impurities and distortions of Earth's atmosphere, the 2.4 meter (7.9 feet) aperture telescope has delivered some of the most spectacular images of the far reaches of the Universe.

  • 1957 The Suez Canal reopens after the Suez Crisis

    The conflict between Egypt on the one hand and France, the United Kingdom and Israel on the other, erupted in October 1956 when Egypt announced that the canal will be nationalized.

  • 1915 The Ottoman Empire begins its systematic extermination of Armenians

    An estimated 1 million people were killed in the Armenian Massacres during and after World War I. The event is considered one of the first genocides in modern history.

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Births On This Day,
April 24

  • 1982 Kelly Clarkson

    American singer-songwriter, producer, actress

  • 1973 Sachin Tendulkar

    Indian cricketer

  • 1942 Barbra Streisand

    American singer-songwriter, actress, producer

  • 1941 Richard Holbrooke

    American journalist, banker, diplomat, 22nd United States Ambassador to the United Nations

  • 1897 Benjamin Lee Whorf

    American linguist

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Deaths On This Day,
April 24

  • 2011 Sathya Sai Baba

    Indian guru, philosopher

  • 1980 Alejo Carpentier

    Swiss/Cuban author

  • 1960 Max von Laue

    German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1942 Lucy Maud Montgomery

    Canadian author

  • 1731 Daniel Defoe

    English journalist, spy