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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Almanac for Tuesday, April 24, 2012; Historical news, Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Tuesday, April 24, the 115th day of 2012. There are 251 days left before we move into 2013.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS DATE

* On April 24, 1962, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology achieved the first satellite relay of a TV signal, using NASA’s Echo 1 balloon satellite to bounce a video image of the letters “M.I.T.” transmitted from Camp Parks, Calif., to Westford, Mass.

* In 1898, Spain declared war on the United States. (The U.S. responded in kind the next day.)

* In 1980, the United States launched an unsuccessful mission to free the American hostages in Iran, resulting in the deaths of eight U.S. servicemen.

* In 2002: U.S. Roman Catholic leaders agreed to make it easier to remove priests who were guilty of sexually abusing minors.

Barbra Streisand is 70 years old today. (2007 photo by MaxPride via wikipedia commons)

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

78 SHIRLEY MacLAINE, actress and the sister of actor Warren Beatty

72 SUE GRAFTON, author of the A-Z alphabet series featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone

70 BARBRA STREISAND, renown singer of pop and middle-of-the rock music; actress and wife of James Brolin

48 CEDRIC the ENTERTAINER, actor and comedian who was born Cedric Anthony Kyles

30 KELLY CLARKSON, singer and the first winner of “American Idol”

28 TYSON RITTER, rock singer for the group All-American Rejects

 

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