April 24

David J. (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets) 1957
Richard Sterban (Oak Ridge Boys) 1943
Boris Williams (Cure) 1958
Billy Gould (Faith No More) 1963     
Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) 1968     Robert Knight 1945
Paul Ryder (Happy Mondays) 1964      Glenn Cornick 1947                   
Shirley Boone 1934                   Joe Henderson 1937
Freddy Scott 1933                    John Griffin 1928
Doug Clifford (CCR) 1945             Aaron Bell 1922
Patty Schemel (Hole) 1967            Barbra Streisand 1942
Shirley MacLaine 1934                Chipper Jones 1972                    
Jill Ireland 1936                    John Graunt 1620
Edmund Cartwright 1743               Robert Bailey Thomas 1766
Henri Philippe Petain 1856           George Bascom 1836
Robert Penn Warren 1905              Jack E. Leonard 1911
Bob Lunn 1945                        Eric Bogosian 1953
Vince Ferragamo 1954                 Michael O'Keefe 1955
Eric Balfour 1977                    J.D. Cannon 1922
Sue Grafton 1940                     Richard Brown 1970

Music History

1721 - Composer Johann Philipp Kirnberger was born.

1934 - The pipeless organ was patented by Laurens Hammond.

1936 - Benny Goodman and his trio recorded "China Boy."

1957 - Ricky Nelson's first record, "Teenager's Romance," was released.

1959 - "Your Hit Parade" aired for the last time. The show had been on since 1935.

1961 - Bob Dylan earned a $50 session fee for playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte's "Midnight Special." It was his recording debut.

1968 - Apple Records refused to sign David Bowie.

1977 - Talking Heads began its first European tour, supporting the Ramones.

1984 - Jerry Lee Lewis married his sixth wife, Kerrie McCarver.

1985 - RKO Home Video released six black and white film classics starring Fred Astaire.

1990 - The road crew for Roger Waters discovered an unexploded World War II era bomb while constructing the set for "The Wall" concert in Potsdamer Platz, Germany.

1992 - David Bowie and Iman were married. The wedding was announced about a week later.

1992 - "Elvis -- The Great Performances" aired on CBS-TV.

1993 - Farm Aid 6 took place in Ames, Iowa.

1996 - It was announced that Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots was in a drug rehab and could not perform causing the cancellation of several shows.

Misc. History

1519 - Envoys of Montezuma II attended the first Easter mass in Central America.

1547 - Charles V's troops defeated the Protestant League of Schmalkalden at the battle of Muhlburg.

1558 - Mary, Queen of Scotland, married the French dauphin, Francis.

1800 - The Library of Congress was established with a $5,000 allocation.

1805 - The U.S. Marines attacked and captured the town of Derna in Tripoli.

1833 - A patent was granted for first soda fountain.

1877 - Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire.

1884 - Otto von Bismarck cables Cape Town that South Africa was now a German colony.

1889 - The Edison General Electric Company was organized.

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

1898 - Spain declared war on the U.S., rejecting America's ultimatum for Spain to withdraw from Cuba.

1915 - The mass deportation of Armenians by Turks began during World War I.

1916 - Irish nationalist launched the Easter Rebellion against British occupation forces. The were overtaken several days later.

1944 - The first B-29 arrived in China, over the Hump of the Himalayas.

1948 - The Berlin airlift began to relieve the surrounded city.

1952 - Raymond Burr made his TV acting debut on the "Gruen Guild Playhouse" in an episode titled, "The Tiger."

1953 - Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

1955 - "X-Minus One," a science fiction show, was first heard for the first time on NBC radio.

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 - U.S. President Kennedy accepted "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

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

1967 - Soviet astronaut Vladimir Komarov died when his craft crashed with a tangled parachute.

1967 - The new Greek regime banned miniskirts.

1968 - Leftist students took over several campus buildings at Columbia University.

1970 - The People's Republic of China launched its first satellite.

1980 - A U.S. hostage rescue failed when a plane collided with a helicopter in Iran. The hostages had been in captivity since November 4, 1979. Eight U.S. servicemen were killed.

1981 - The IBM Personal Computer was introduced.

1987 - In Palm Bay, FL, a gunman opened fire in a mall. He killed six and wounded 10.

1989 - Thousands of students began striking in Beijing.

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

1998 - ABC confirmed that it was cancelling the TV series "Ellen." The show was the first series to feature an openly gay lead character.

2000 - ABC-TV aired the TV movie "The Three Stooges."