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4/24/2012 - DB Metzger

The library of congress is established, the Soda fountain is patented, Eastman Kodax is formed, the Easter Uprising begins, as does what some call the Armenian Genocide. And itís the 40th anniversary of the Student takeover of Columbia University. And todayís birthday's include Barbara Streisand and Shirley McLaine.

1792 Captain Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle composed "La Marseillaise" the national anthem of France.

1800 Congress established the Library of Congress. Approved by President John Adams.

1833 A Patent is granted for A soda fountain  to Jacob Evert & George Dulty

1872 TheVolcano Vesuvius erupts. Actually, itís erupted approximately 50 times since 79AD.

1888 Eastman Kodak Company forms

1891 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Final Problem" There were 56 stories featuring the detective from Baker Street, between 1877 and 1903.

1897 The first reporter, William Price (Washington Star), is assigned to White House In 1981 The Star ceased publication but many of itís writers went to the Washington Times owed by Rev. Moonís Unification Church.

1898 Spain declares war on the U.S. rather then withdraw from Cuba.

1915 The Ottoman Turkish Empire began deporting Armenians during World War. I. Was it genocide?

1916 Irish Nationalists launch seize points in Dublin and proclaim an Irish Republic. Aka the Easter Rising

1923 Colonel Jacob Schick patents the Schick shavers

1942 Ingrid Bergman signed on for Casablanca.

1961 JFK accepts "sole responsibility" following the Bay of Pigs

1962 the First coast-to-coast telecast by satellite takes place. Signals from California were bounced off the first experimental communications satellite, Echo I, and received in Massachusetts. Hereís more of the Echo series.

1967 General William Westmoreland (the General who won every battle until he lost the war) made his controversial remarks that the enemy "had gained support in the U.S. that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily." He went on to talk about "unpatriotic acts" of protesting at home. Imagine if we had won the war . We might still be in Vietnam losing the peace. After all, itís only been 33 years.

1968 Students at Columbia University began a week-long occupation of several campus buildings fighting "Gym Crow" and war research

1974 Bud Abbott comedian (Abbott & Costello), dies at 78

1977 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA American Defender Golf Tournament

1980 The U.S. launched a failed attempted to rescue hostages in Iran. 8 died and 4 were injured.

Notable Birthdays

1847 Susan Dimock founded a training program for nurses.

1905 Helen Tamiris Ė Broadway choreographer, director

1934 Shirley McLaine actress "girl with big red curls."

1942 Barbra Streisand singer, actress, director

1959 Yvonne D. Cagle  MD/astronaut

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