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April 24th

1704 The Boston News Letter became the first American newspaper to be published on a regular basis.
1800 The U.S. Congress established the Library of Congress.
1877 U.S. troops moved out of New Orleans, ending the North's military occupation of the South following the Civil War.
1981 IBM introduced its first personal computer.
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.
1987 Genetically altered bacteria, designed to prevent frost damage, were sprayed on a California strawberry field in the first test of such biotechnology in nature.
1991 Freddie Stowers, a World War I corporal, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to become the first African-American to receive the highest medal for valor in combat.
1991 The first U.N. peacekeeping forces were deployed along the Kuwait-Iraq border.
1995 The UNAbomber struck with a mail bomb that killed Gilbert Murray, president of the California Forestry Association, in Sacramento.
1996 The Palestinian National Council voted to drop its official commitment to the destruction of Israel.
1997 With ratification by the U.S. Senate, the United States became the 75th country to approve the Chemical Weapons Convention.
2003 North Korea announced it had nuclear weapons and had begun making bomb-grade plutonium.
2004 Greek Cypriot voters overwhelmingly rejected a U.N. plan for the reunification of the divided Mediterranean island.
2005 Benedict XVI was installed in Rome as the 265th Roman Catholic pope, promising to continue the policies of John Paul II.
2006 Three coordinated bomb blasts shattered part of the popular Egyptian resort town of Dahab, killing a reported 30 people and injuring more than 115 others.
2006 Police in Kansas and Alaska report breaking up two plots by middle school and high school students for school massacres hours before they were to begin.
2007 Toyota overtook General Motors as No. 1 in global vehicle sales from January to March largely because of increased demand for fuel-efficient cars.
2007 Mexico City lawmakers voted to legalize abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, a landmark decision in the largely Roman Catholic country.
2008 The U.S. government reported new home sales fell 8.5 percent in March to their lowest level since the 1990s. The housing backlog was reported to be the largest since 1981.
2008 Iraq's largest Sunni bloc, known as Tawafiq, rejoined Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Cabinet after a yearlong boycott.
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