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On This Day in History - 24th April

Birthdays

1815Anthony Trollope, English novelist
1906William Joyce, Wartime broadcaster: 'Lord Haw-Haw'
1934Shirley MacLaine, American film actress
1941John Williams, Guitarist
1942Barbra Streisland, American singer & actress

Events

1900The Daily Express newspaper was published for the first time
1916The Easter Rising took place in Dublin, Ireland
1941Empire forces began withdrawing from Greece
1949Sweet rationing in the UK, introduced because of the war, ended
1953Winston Churchill was made a Knight of the Garter by the Queen
1961General de Gaulle of France ordered a blockade of Algeria
1970China became the 5th nation to launch a satellite into orbit
1974Bud Abbott, the US comedian of Abbott & Costello fame, died
1985Israel began the third stage of its troop removal from Lebanon
1986There was a terrorist bomb explosion in Oxford Street, London