April 24th, today in history,
The Library of Congress is established in Washington, D.C. with a $5,000 allocation.
In 1800, as part of an act of Congress providing for the removal of the new national government from Philadelphia to Washington, President John Adams approved an act of Congress providing $5,000 for books for the use of Congress—the beginning of the Library of Congress.
U.S. Marines attack and capture the town of Derna in Tripoli from the Barbary pirates.
The Battle of Derna at Derna, Cyrenaica, was the decisive victory in April–May 1805 of a mercenary army recruited and led by United States Marines under the command of U.S. Army Lieutenant William Eaton, diplomatic Consul to Tripoli, and U.S. Marine Corps First Lieutenant Presley Neville O’Bannon.
Spain declares war on the United States, rejecting an ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
In 1877, federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans, ending the North’s post-Civil War rule in the South. In 1898, Spain declared war on the United States after rejecting America’s ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba. In 1915, the Ottoman Empire began the brutal mass deportation of Armenians during World War I.
A rescue attempt of the U.S. hostages held in Iran fails when a plane collides with a helicopter in the Iranian desert.
Operation Eagle Claw, known as Operation Tabas (Persian: عملیات طبس) in Iran, was a United States Armed Forces operation ordered by U.S. President Jimmy Carter to attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis by rescuing 52 embassy staff held captive at the Embassy of the United States, Tehran on 24 April 1980.