UPI Almanac for Thursday, April 24, 2014

U.S. Library of Congress established, Benedict becomes pope, a factory disaster in Bangladesh ... on this date in history.
By United Press International  |  April 24, 2014 at 3:31 AM
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Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014 with 251 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter and Mars.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include French Roman Catholic St. Vincent de Paul in 1581; English novelist Anthony Trollope in 1815; U.S. artist Willem de Kooning in 1904; U.S. poet laureate Robert Penn Warren in 1905; actors Shirley MacLaine in 1934 (age 80) and Jill Ireland in 1936; writer Sue Grafton in 1940 (age 74); singer, actor, director Barbra Streisand and former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, both in 1942 (age 72); actors Eric Bogosian in 1953 (age 61), Michael O'Keefe in 1955 (age 59) and Cedric the Entertainer, born Cedric Antonio Kyles, in 1964 (age 50); and singer Kelly Clarkson in 1982 (age 32).

On this date in history:

In 1704, the Boston News-Letter became the first American newspaper to be published on a regular basis.

In 1800, the U.S. Congress established the Library of Congress.

In 1877, U.S. troops moved out of New Orleans, ending the North's military occupation of the South following the Civil War.

In 1981, IBM introduced its first personal computer.

In 1986, the duchess of Windsor, Wallis Warfield Simpson, for whom England's King Edward VIII gave up his throne, died in Paris at age 89.

In 1987, genetically altered bacteria, designed to prevent frost damage, were sprayed on a California strawberry field in the first test of this biotechnology in nature.

In 1991, Freddie Stowers, a World War I corporal, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. He was the first African-American to receive the highest medal for valor in combat.

In 1996, the Palestinian National Council voted to drop its official commitment to the destruction of Israel.

In 2005, Benedict XVI was installed in Rome as the 265th Roman Catholic pope.

In 2009, at least 140 people were killed and 240 injured in a series of bombings in Baghdad over a two-day period.

In 2012, Mitt Romney won Republican presidential primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

In 2013, a building that housed clothing factories collapsed in Bangladesh, killing more than 1,000 people.

A thought for the day: "A child educated only at school is an uneducated child." -- George Santayana

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