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This Day in History for April 24

This Day In History1704 – “Boston News-Letter” 1st successful newspaper in US, forms.

1800 – US Library of Congress establishes with $5,000 allocation.

1833 – Jacob & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain.

1897 – 1st reporter, William Price (Washington Star), assigned to White House.

1907 – Hershey Park, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened.

1913 – Skyscraper, the Woolworth Building in New York City is opened – world’s tallest building at the time.

1917 – US Congress passes the Liberty Loan Act, authorizing the Treasury to issue a public subscription for $2 billion in bonds for the war.

1925 – 88 degrees F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in April.

1949 – 3rd Tony Awards: “Death of a Salesman” & “Kiss Me Kate” win.

1950 – US President Harry Truman denies there are communists in the US government.

1961 – JFK accepts “sole responsibility” following Bay of Pigs.

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.”

1969 – US B-52’s drop 3,000 ton bombs at Cambodian boundary.

1980 – US military operation to save 52 hostages in Iran, fails, 8 die.

1981 – US ends grain embargo against USSR.

1990 – Security law violator Michael Milken pleads guilty to 6 felonies.

2004 – United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years ago, as reward for cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.

2018 – US President Donald Trump hosts his first state dinner for visiting French President Emmanuel Macron.

2018 – Golden State Killer suspect Joseph DeAngelo arrested and charged with eight murders after being identified through genealogy websites.

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