April 24 Music et al

April 24 Music et al

Doug Clifford
April 24, 1945: Doug Clifford of Creedance Clearwater Revival born.
Bob Dylan
April 24, 1961: Harry Belafonte recorded “Midnight Special”. Bob Dylan played harmonica on the recording. It was Dylan’s first official recording and he received a $50 session fee. (see July 29)

 
Runaway

April 24 Music et al

April 24 – May 21, 1961: “Runaway” by Del Shannon #1 Billboard Hot 100. Shannon and keyboardist Max Crook wrote the song.

 
Game of Love
April 24 – 30, 1965: “Game of Love” by Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Penultimate John and Paul
April 24, 1976: Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired.  The next day was the last time John and Paul met. (see July 27)

 
April 24 Music et al
William “Billy” Zantzinger
April 24, 1991: William “Billy” Zantzinger--made infamous by Bob Dylan's song, "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,"  became front page news again. The Maryland Independent ran a story by reporter Kristi Hempel revealing that Zantzinger had been collecting rent for five years from several poor black families even though he no longer owned the houses where they lived. The county had foreclosed on the properties in 1986 because Zantzinger had failed to pay taxes on them. The houses, located in a place called Patuxent Woods, were battered wooden shacks, with no running water or toilets or even outhouses. The tenants had to dump their wastes in the woods, which polluted the water in their shallow hand-pumped wells. Not only had Zantzinger collected rent after losing the properties, he'd actually raised the rent, and he'd even taken some tenants to court for nonpayment. And won. (see June 5)

April 24 Peace Love Activism

April 24 Peace Love Activism

News Music

Claude de Lisle
April 24, 1792: Claude de Lisle (1760 –1836) wrote "La Marseillaise" which became the French National Anthem three years later. It begins with the rousing words: (see “in 1854”)
The day of glory has arrived!

Against us of tyranny

The bloody banner is raised, (repeat)

Do you hear, in the countryside,

The roar of those ferocious soldiers?

They’re coming right into our arms

To cut the throats of our sons and women!

To arms, citizens,

Form your battalions,

Let’s march, let’s march!

That an impure blood

Waters our furrows

Allons enfants de la Patrie

Le jour de gloire est arrivé !

Contre nous de la tyrannie,

L’étendard sanglant est levé, (bis)

Entendez-vous dans les campagnes

Mugir ces féroces soldats ?

Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras

Égorger nos fils et nos compagnes !

Aux armes, citoyens,

Formez vos bataillons,

Marchons, marchons !

Qu’un sang impur

Abreuve nos sillons!

Arise, children of the Fatherland,

INDEPENDENCE DAY

Ireland

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April 24, 1916: Ireland independent from the United Kingdom. (see December 6, 1917)

Nuclear/Chemical News

April 24 Peace Love Activism

April 24, 1945:  President Harry Truman learned the full details of the Manhattan Project, in which scientists were attempting to create the first atomic bomb. (see June 16)

BLACK HISTORY

Biloxi Beach Wade-In

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April 24, 1960: a mob attacked protesters with iron pipes and chains, including Dr. Gilbert Mason, after they walk onto "whites-only" Biloxi Beach. Police attacked and arrested protesters. By the time dawn broke, more than 20 African Americans had been injured. Before the violence ended that week, two young African-American men had been killed. (see May 4)

Bay of Pigs

Cuban Missile Crisis
April 24, 1961: President Kennedy accepted "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. (see Nov 30)

April 24 Music et al

Doug Clifford
April 24, 1945: Doug Clifford of Creedance Clearwater Revival born.
Bob Dylan
April 24, 1961: Harry Belafonte recorded “Midnight Special”. Bob Dylan played harmonica on the recording. It was Dylan’s first official recording and he received a $50 session fee. (see July 29)
Runaway
April 24 – May 21, 1961: “Runaway” by Del Shannon #1 Billboard Hot 100.
Game of Love
April 24 – 30, 1965: “Game of Love” by Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Paul and John, the last time
April 24, 1976: Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired. This was the last time Lennon and McCartney were together. (see July 27)
William “Billy” Zantzinger
April 24, 1991: William “Billy” Zantzinger--made infamous by Bob Dylan's song, "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,"  became front page news again. The Maryland Independent ran a story by reporter Kristi Hempel revealing that Zantzinger had been collecting rent for five years from several poor black families even though he no longer owned the houses where they lived. The county had foreclosed on the properties in 1986 because Zantzinger had failed to pay taxes on them. The houses, located in a place called Patuxent Woods, were battered wooden shacks, with no running water or toilets or even outhouses. The tenants had to dump their wastes in the woods, which polluted the water in their shallow hand-pumped wells. Not only had Zantzinger collected rent after losing the properties, he'd actually raised the rent, and he'd even taken some tenants to court for nonpayment. And won. (see June 5)


DEATH PENALTY

Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act
April 24, 1996: between 1985 and 1995 death penalty proponents had made successful efforts at both the state and federal level to streamline the capital appeals process and expedite executions. The most significant of these efforts was the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA). Capital punishment proponents argued that death row inmates abused the writ of habeas corpus by filing multiple, repetitive petitions. Congress passed AEDPA to restrict the availability of federal habeas relief in several significant manners." The bill passed 293-133-7 in the House of Representatives and 91-8-1 in the Senate. It was signed into law on Apr. 24, 1996. (see February 3, 1997)
April 24 Peace Love Activism

Space Race

Echo 1 balloon

April 24 Peace Love Activism

April 24, 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 of the letters "M.I.T." transmitted from Camp Parks, Calif., to Westford, Mass. (see July 10)

Vietnam

General Westmoreland

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April 24, 1967: General Westmoreland condemned anti-war demonstrators saying they give the North Vietnamese soldier "hope that he can win politically that which he cannot accomplish militarily." Privately, he had already warned President Johnson "the war could go on indefinitely." American attacks on North Vietnam's airfields began The attacks inflicted heavy damage on runways and installations. By the end of the year, all but one of the North's Mig bases has been hit. (see April 30)
My Lai Massacre
April 24, 1968: a second investigation regarding the My Lai Massacre concurs with that of Colonel Henderson. (My Lai, see March 1969; Vietnam see April 27)
Qui Nho

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April 24, 1971: North Vietnamese troops hit Allied installations throughout South Vietnam. In the most devastating attack, they blew up the ammunition depot at Qui Nho. (see April 26)

Symbionese Liberation Army

April 24, 1974: in a sixth audio tape, Patty offered evidence of her full participation in the bank robbery -- at no time did her comrades have a gun pointed at her. She refers to her family as the "pig Hearsts" and to Steven Weed, her fiancé, as "an ageist, sexist pig." (see May 17)

Iran hostage crisis

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April 24, 1980: an American military aborted rescue mission in Iran after mechanical problems ground the helicopters. Eight United States troops are killed in a mid-air collision during the failed operation. (see July 27)

Terri Schiavo

April 24, 2001, after three years of legal proceedings by Terri Schiavo’s husband, Michael, the Court permits the removal of her feeding tube. It was reinserted several days later. (see Feb 25, 2005)

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

April 24, 2010: BP reports a leak 1,000 barrels (42,000 US gallons) a day (see Apr 27)

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