24 April It Happened Today
1731 Death of British novelist Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe.
1934 Birth of American actress Shirley MacLaine.
1942 Birth of American actress and singer Barbra Streisand.
1949 Sweet rationing ends in Great Britain, although it is re-introduced later the same year due to the demand.
1967 Russian spacecraft Soyuz 1 crashes, killing one cosmonaut.
1980 An American rescue mission to rescue the hostages held in Tehran ends in disaster when one of the helicopters collides with one of the transport planes, killing eight.