This Day In History (04. 24. 2018)

  • 1547 Battle of Muhlberg: Catholic forces under Emperor Charles V defeat Protestant princes John Frederick I and Philip I of Hesse.
  • 1872 Volcano Mt Vesuvius erupts on Sicily.
  • 1888 Eastman Kodak founded by George Eastman.
  • 1898 US fleet under commodore George Dewey sails from Hong Kong to Philippines.
  • 1913 Skyscraper, the Woolworth Building in New York City is opened – world’s tallest building at the time
  • 1916 Easter Rising of Irish republicans against British occupation begins in Dublin.
  • 1921 1st municipal elections for men & women in Belgium.
  • 1944 “Double Indemnity” fim directed by Billy Wilder and starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck is released.
  • 1950 Jordan formally annexes the West Bank.
  • 1961 JFK accepts “sole responsibility” following Bay of Pigs.
  • 1961 17th century Swedish warship Vasa, which sunk on her maiden voyage in 1628, is salvaged.
  • 1969 Paul McCartney says there is no truth to rumors he is dead.
  • 1978 Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners, 20th time he has 15 in game.
  • 1983 Austrian socialist party loses parliamentary election.
  • 1987 Howard Stern holds a free speech rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, NYC.
  • 1992 George Steinbrenner drops his suits against baseball.
  • 1994 “Broken Glass” opens at Booth Theater NYC for 73 performances.
  • 1995 Court orders Darryl Strawberry to pay back $350,000 in taxes.
  • 2005 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
  • 2010 Christy Turlington’s directorial debut, “No Woman, No Cry”, is released in the U.S.
  • 2018 Suffragist Millicent Fawcett is the first woman to have a statue erected in Parliament Square, London, England.
  • 2018 Ed Sheeran’s “÷” is the best-selling album of 2017, selling 6.1 million copies, according to IFPI.

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