Today in History: April 24

Today in History: April 24

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A Nasa Hubble Space Telescope view of Spiral Galaxy Ngc 4603.

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Posted on April 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 9:01 AM

On April 24, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.

1800    Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress.

1915    The Ottoman Empire rounded up Armenian political and cultural leaders in Constantinople at the start of what many scholars regard as the first genocide of the 20th century, in which an estimated 1.5 million Armenians died.

1962    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology achieved the first satellite relay of a television signal.

2005    Pope Benedict XVI was installed as leader of the Roman Catholic Church in ceremonies at the Vatican.

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