Historical Events for 24th April 2024

1655 – Piedmontese Easter Massacre: Troops of Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy, slaughter upwards of 4,000 Waldensian civilians for non-compliance with the Edict of 25 January 1655, which called for the expulsion or conversion of non-Catholic householders in Piedmont, Duchy of Savoy
1841 – Inventor and engineer Squire Temple of Utica, New York, granted a patent for an iron truss bridge
1865 – Fire alarm and police telegraph system put into operation in San Francisco
1895 – Canadian-American adventurer Joshua Slocum sets sail from Boston, Massachusetts on a solo around-the-world voyage aboard ‘Spray’, an 11.2-m oyster sloop
1962 – 1st Lockheed A-12 is taxi tested
1969 – US B-52’s drop 3,000 ton bombs at Cambodian boundary
1979 – US State of Georgia designates Ray Charles’ rendition of “Georgia On My Mind” (written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell) as official state song
1996 – The UN and Iraq end a third round of negotiations over Iraq’s possible sale of $1 billion of oil for 90 days for a 180-day trial period
2018 – US President Donald Trump hosts his first state dinner for visiting French President Emmanuel Macron
2023 – India surpasses China as the worlds most populous country according to UN estimates, with 1,425,775,850 people (estimated to reach 1.7 billion by 2064)

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