April 24


1833 – A patent was granted for first soda fountain.

1889 – The Edison General Electric Company was organized.

1897 – William Price became the first to be named White House news reporter.

1941 – Detroit Tank sent their first unit to the U.S. Army. By the end of World War II, the plant had built 22,000 tanks.

1953 – Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

1961 – Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 18 batters becoming the first major-league pitcher to do so on two different occasions.

1961 – President John F. Kennedy accepted “sole responsibility” following Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

1962 – MIT sent a TV signal by satellite for the first time.

1973 – Albert Sabin reported that herpes viruses were factors in nine kinds of cancer.

1981 – IBM introduced the first personal computer.

1990 – The Space Shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.

1996 – Margot Kidder was placed in a psychiatric ward after being found dirty, dazed, and fearful in a stranger’s backyard in Glendale, CA.

1998 – ABC confirmed that it was canceling “Ellen”, the first TV series to feature an openly gay lead character.

2005 – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.

2007 – Sheryl Crow called for a ban on using too much toilet paper in order to help the environment. The singer suggested using “only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two or three could be required”.



Shirley MacLaine 1934 – Actress (“Terms of Endearment”, “The Turning Point”, “Irma la Douce”, “The Apartment”, “Some Came Running”, “Bernie”, “Being There”, “Valentine’s Day”, “Coco Chanel”, “Bewitched”, “Rumor Has It”, TV’s “Shirley’s World”, “Downton Abbey”)

Sue Grafton 1940 – Author (“A” Is for Alibi”)

Barbra Streisand 1942 – Singer, actress (“Funny Girl”, “Meet the Fockers”)

Richard Sterban 1943 – Singer (The Oak Ridge Boys)

Robert Knight 1945 – Singer (“Everlasting Love”)

Bob Lunn 1945 – Golfer

Doug Clifford 1945 – Musician (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Eric Bogosian 1953 – Actor (“Talk Radio”, “Wonderland”)

Jack Blades 1954 – Musician (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees)

Michael O’Keefe 1955 – Actor (“Caddyshack”, “The Great Santini”)

Boris Williams 1957 – Musician (The Cure)

Glenn Morshower 1959 – Actor (TV’s “24”)

Billy Gould 1963 – Musician (Faith No More)

Cedric the Entertainer 1964 – Actor, comedian (“The Honeymooners”, “Be Cool”, “Man of the House”, the “Barbershop” movies, TV’s “Steve Harvey Show”)

Djimon Hounsou 1964 – Actor (“Blood Diamond”, “In America”, “Beauty Shop”, “Gladiator”, “Amistad”)

Omar Vizquel 1967 – Baseball player, coach (Detroit Tigers 2014-present)

Melinda Clarke 1969 – Actress (TV’s “The OC”)

Brian Marshall 1973 – Musician (Creed)

Derek Luke 1974 – Actor (“Antwone Fisher”, “Biker Boyz”, “Glory Road”)

Eric Balfour 1977 – Actor (TV’s “Six Feet Under”, “24”)

Rebecca Mader 1977 – Actress (TV’s “All My Children”, “Lost”, “Justice”)

Danny Gokey 1980 – Singer (3rd place finished on TV’s “The American Idol: Season 8”)

Austin Nichols 1980 – Actor (TV’s “One Tree Hill”, movies “The Day After Tomorrow”, “Wimbledon”)

Kelly Clarkson 1982 – Singer (Finished first in the first season of TV’s “American Idol”)



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