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Today in History: April 24

Today in History: April 24
24 Apr
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Today in history

In 1953, a much improved Holland Christian baseball team chalked up its first win of the season Thursday afternoon in Riverview Park when it downed the Zeeland Chix, 5-2. The Maroons had dropped two earlier starts this season. Coach John Ham’s Christian outfit clinched the victory in the fifth frame with some timely hitting sandwiched in between two costly Zeeland misplays. Big hitters for Holland Christian included Vance Bouman, Gord Plaggemars, Ron Nykamp and Bob Venema.

On this day

In 1792, Capt. Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle began composing “War Song for the Rhine Army,” later known as “La Marseillaise,” the national anthem of France.

In 1877, federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans, ending the North’s post-Civil War rule in the South.

In 1915, in what’s considered the start of the Armenian genocide, the Ottoman Empire began rounding up Armenian political and cultural leaders in Constantinople.

In 1916, some 1,600 Irish nationalists launched the Easter Rising by seizing several key sites in Dublin. (The rising was put down by British forces five days later.)

In 1932, in the Free State of Prussia, the Nazi Party gained a plurality of seats in parliamentary elections.

In 1947, novelist Willa Cather died in New York at age 73.

In 1953, British statesman Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1962, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology achieved the first satellite relay of a television signal, using NASA’s Echo 1 balloon satellite to bounce a video image from Camp Parks, California, to Westford, Massachusetts.

In 1967, Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was killed when his Soyuz 1 spacecraft smashed into the Earth after his parachutes failed to deploy properly during re-entry; he was the first human spaceflight fatality.

In 1970, the People’s Republic of China launched its first satellite, which kept transmitting a song, “The East Is Red.”

In 1980, the United States launched an unsuccessful attempt to free the American hostages in Iran, a mission that resulted in the deaths of eight U.S. servicemen

In 1990, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.

Celebrity birthdays

Barbra Streisand is 76.

Shirley MacLaine is 84.

Reagan Gomez is 38.

Kelly Clarkson is 36.

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