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April 24

Today in History

1866: Infamous Ku Klux Klan is formed

1858: The recast biggest bell in the world, Big Ben, is ready to be hung

1800: Library of Congress established

1916: Irish Easter Rebellion begins

1953: Winston Churchill knighted:

1980: US rescue attempt fails in Iranian desert.

Notable Births

1766: Robert Bailey Thomas (founder, editor: The Farmer's Almanac)

1905: Robert Penn Warren (Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist: All the King's Men [1947], poet: Promises:Poems, 1954-1956 [1958], Now and Then:Poems, 1976-1978 [1979]; 1st official poet laureate of U.S.)

1911: Jack E. Leonard (comedian)

1922: Samuel Aaron Bell (musician, composer)

1923: Freddy Scott (singer: Hey Girl, Are You Lonely For Me)

1928: Johnny Griffin (jazz musician: tenor sax: Chicago Riffin', Flying Home, Soft and Furry, Honeybucket)

1934: Shirley Boone (Foley) (singer: married to singer, Pat Boone since 1953; daughter of singer, Red Foley; The Boones with Pat and daughters Cherry, Linda Lee, Debby and Laura Gene)

1924: Shirley MacLaine (Beatty) (Oscar Award-winning actress: Terms of Endearment [1983]; Emmy awards: Shirley MacLaine: If They Could See Me Now [1974], Gypsy in My Soul [1976], Shirley MacLaine... Every Little Movement [1980]; Irma La Douce, The Turning Point; sister of Warren Beatty)

1936: Jill Ireland (actress: Assassination, Death Wish 2, Hard Times)

1937: Joe Henderson (musician, composer: played live in sextet at San Francisco's Keystone Korner; also played with Blood Sweat and Tears)

1942: Barbra (Joan) Streisand (Grammy Award-winning Best Female Pop Vocalist [1963-1965, 1977, 1986], Best Songwriter [1977], People, The Way We Were, You Don't Bring Me Flowers; Academy Award-winning Best Actress: Funny Girl [1968], I Can Get It For You Wholesale, The Owl and the Pussycat, Hello Dolly, Funny Lady, The Way We Were, Yentl; Oscar for Best Song: Evergreen [1976); director: Yentl, The Prince of Tides)

1944: Bill Singer (baseball)

1945: Doug Clifford (drummer: group: Creedence Clearwater Revival: Lookin' Out My Back Door, Up Around the Bend)

1945: Bob Lunn (golfer)

1949: Bob Chandler (football: Oakland Raiders wide receiver: Super Bowl XV)

Notable Deaths

1974: Bud Abbott, comedian (Abbott and Costello: "Who's on First?") Born October 2, 1895; died of cancer

2004: Estée Lauder, Business, Fashion: Founder of the Estée Lauder cosmetics company. Cardiac arrest. Born July 1, 1906

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