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This Day in History for April 24

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

1865 – Fire alarm & police telegraph system put into operation in San Francisco.

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

1908 – Mr & Mrs Jacob Murdock become 1st to travel across US by car, they leave LA in a Packard & arrive in NYC in 32 days-5 hours-25 minutes.

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

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

1945 – Albert B “Happy” Chandler is named 2nd baseball commissioner.

1950 – “Peter Pan” opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 320 performances.

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

1956 – American League umpire Frank Umont is 1st to wear glasses in a regular season game.

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

1965 – NY Met Casey Stengel wins his 3,000 game as manager.

1974 – NFL grants franchise to Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

1981 – US ends grain embargo against USSR.

1989 – Massachusetts declares today “New Kids on the Block Day”

1991 – 26th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks and Reba McIntire win.

1994 – NFL Draft: Ohio State defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson first pick by Cincinnati Bengals.

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

2004 – NFL Draft: Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning first pick by San Diego Chargers.

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

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