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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Today, the Library of Congress celebrates its birthday. On April 24, 1800, President John Adams approved the appropriation of $5,000 for the purchase of "such books as may be necessary for the use of congress."

1898 - Spain declared war on the U.S..
1915 - Turks began deportation of Armenians that led to the massacre of between 600,000 and 1.5 million Armenians.
1916 - The Easter Rebellion begins in Dublin, Ireland. Although unsuccessful, the uprising was an important symbolic event leading to the establishment of the Republic of Ireland.
1953 - Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
1990 - The shuttle Discovery blasted off with the Hubble Space Telescope.

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