On This Day April 24
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1934 – Oscar-winning actress-author Shirley MacLaine (“The Apartment,” “Irma la Douce,” “Terms of Endearment,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Postcards From the Edge”)
1942 – Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Golden Globe-winning singer-actress-producer-author Barbra Streisand
1947 – Professional hunter-turned reality TV star Phil Robertson (“Duck Dynasty,” “Buck Commander”)
1964 – Actor Cedric the Entertainer, born Cedric Antonio Kyles (“Def Comedy Jam,” “Barbershop,” “The Original Kings of Comedy”)
1982 – Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson, whose career got a jump-start on “American Idol”
1916 – The Irish Republican Brotherhood, a secret organization of Irish nationalists led by Patrick Pearse, launches the so-called Easter Rebellion (also known as Easter Rising), a six-day armed uprising against British rule.
1945 – President Harry Truman is briefed on the full details of the Manhattan Project, an effort by American scientists to develop the world’s first atomic bomb. The project was so secret that President Franklin Roosevelt never informed Truman, his fourth-term vice president, that it existed by the time FDR died.
1962 – The first coast-to-coast satellite telecast takes place, as signals from California bounce off the first experimental communications satellite, Echo I, and are received in Massachusetts.
1967 – Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov is killed in Soyuz 1 when the spaceship’s parachute fails to open during its descent to Earth. It is the first in-flight fatality in aerospace history.
1980 – Eight U.S. servicemen die in a failed mission to rescue 52 American hostages in Iran. The fatalities occur when two U.S. military aircraft collide. In a nationally broadcast address, President Jimmy Carter says he assumes full responsibility for the disastrous outcome of Operation Eagle Claw.
1980 – Longtime Illinois Congressman John Anderson announces he is quitting the Republican party and will run as an independent presidential candidate against incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter and Republican challenger Ronald Reagan. He ends up finishing a distant third, capturing less than 7 percent of the vote and failing to win a single electoral vote.
1982 – Already well established as an Oscar-winning actress and outspoken political activist, Jane Fonda adds fitness guru to her credentials with the release of the million-plus-selling “Jane Fonda’s Workout” video. The video sparks the aerobics craze and popularizes leg-warmers and Spandex among fitness-minded women.
1961 – Del Shannon’s “Runaway” is the No. 1 single in the U.S. and remains on top for four weeks.
1965 – “Game of Love,” by Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, tops the Billboard singles chart.
1976 – “Disco Lady,” by Johnnie Taylor, begins its fourth and final week as the No. 1 single.
1989 – Tom Petty releases his debut solo album, “Full Moon Fever,” featuring his Top 10 and longest-charting hit, “Free Fallin’.” The album, produced by Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra fame, soars to No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
1993 – Snow marks his seventh and final week on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Informer.”
2003 – ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer interviews the Dixie Chicks after singer Natalie Maines created a firestorm by telling a London audience that she was “ashamed the president of the United States (George W. Bush) is from Texas,” her home state.
2016 – Soul singer Billy Paul dies at his New Jersey home from pancreatic cancer at the age of 81. He was best known for his Grammy-winning 1972 hit “Me and Mrs Jones.”