April 24th

2013
1129 people die 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.
2013 Savar building collapse
2005
Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as Pope Benedict XVI. The German was considered a particularly conservative Pope - quite unlike his successor, Pope Francis.
Pope Benedict XVI
1996
The main assembly of the Palestine Liberation Organization voted to revoke clauses in its charter that called for an armed struggle to destroy Israel.
Palestinian National Covenant
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.
Hubble Space Telescope
1980
The United States launched an abortive attempt to free the American hostages in Iran. eight U.S. servicemen died.
Operation Eagle Claw
1967
Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had "gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily.".
William Westmoreland
1962
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology achieved the first satellite relay of a television signal.
Telstar
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.
Suez Crisis
1953
Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
Honours of Winston Churchill
1916
The Easter Rebellion begins in Dublin, Ireland. Although unsuccessful, the uprising was an important symbolic event leading to the establishment of the Republic of Ireland.
Easter Rising
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.
Armenian Genocide
1898
Spain declared war on the United States after rejecting America's ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
Spanish–American War
1877
Federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans, ending the North's post-Civil War rule in the South.
Compromise of 1877
1800
Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress.
Library of Congress
1792
The French national anthem, 'La Marseillaise,' was composed by Capt. Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle