What Happened on April 24

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Historical Events

1823 – Eugene Scribes opera “Le Menteur Veridique” premieres in Paris
1899 – Transvaal British Uitlanders ask Queen Victoria for aid
1917 – Yankee lefty George Mogridge no-hits Red Sox 2-1 at Fenway
1969 – Car firm British Leyland launch the Austin Maxi in Oporto Portugal
2007 – Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime
2018 – Ed Sheeran’s “÷” is the best-selling album of 2017, selling 6.1 million copies, according to IFPI

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Famous Birthdays

1706 – Giovanni Battista Martini, Italian Conventual Franciscan friar and composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1784)
1766 – Robert Bailey Thomas, American journalist and founder (The Farmer’s Almanac), born in Grafton, Massachusetts (d. 1846)
1845 – Carl Spitteler, Swiss poet (Prometheus and Epimetheus; Nobel 1919), born in Liestal, Switzerland (d. 1924)
1927 – Seymour Bernstein, American concert pianist, teacher, and composer, born in Newark, New Jersey
1933 – Claire Davenport, English actress (The Elephant Man), born in Sale, Cheshire, England (d. 2002)
1945 – Larry Tesler, American computer scientist (invented copy, cut, paste), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2020)

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Famous Deaths

1185 – Antoku Taira, emperor of Japan (1180-85), drowns
1928 – Ferdinand Hummel, German composer, dies at 72
1998 – Mel Powell [Epstein], American composer (Duplicates: A Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra – Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1990), dies from liver cancer at 75
2004 – Estée Lauder [Josephine Esther Mentzer], American entrepreneur (Estée Lauder cosmetics), dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at 97
2016 – Jan Henrik Kayser, Norwegian concert pianist (Grieg Prize, 1978), dies at 83
2017 – Benjamin Barber, American political theorist (Jihad vs. McWorld), dies at 77

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