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Today in History
Today in History: Thursday, April  24, 2014
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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On this date in:
1792The French national anthem, "La Marseillaise," was composed by Capt. Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
1800Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress.
1877Federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans, ending the North's post-Civil War rule in the South.
1898Spain declared war on the United States after rejecting America's ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
1915The 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.
1916The Easter uprising began when some 1,600 Irish nationalists seized several key sites in Dublin.
1962The Massachusetts Institute of Technology achieved the first satellite relay of a television signal.
1980The United States launched an abortive attempt to free the American hostages in Iran; eight U.S. servicemen died.
Audio LinkPresident Carter announces the failed mission.

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1996The main assembly of the Palestine Liberation Organization voted to revoke clauses in its charter that called for an armed struggle to destroy Israel.
2005Pope 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 72 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Shirley MacLaineActress80
Sue GraftonAuthor74
Richard M. DaleyFormer mayor of Chicago72
Richard SterbanCountry singer (The Oak Ridge Boys)71
Doug CliffordRock musician (Creedence Clearwater Revival)69
Eric BogosianActor61
Glenn MorshowerActor ("24")55
Djimon HounsouActor50
Cedric the EntertainerActor, comedian50
Omar VizquelBaseball player47
Eric BalfourActor37
Carlos BeltranBaseball player37
Danny GokeySinger ("American Idol")34
Kelly ClarksonSinger ("American Idol")32
Retired baseball player Chipper Jones turns 42 years old today.
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