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Today is Monday, April 24, 2017

Today is Monday, April 24, the 114th day of 2017 with 251 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Venus. Evening stars are Mercury, Mars and Jupiter.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include French Roman Catholic St. Vincent de Paul in 1581; English novelist Anthony Trollope in 1815; U.S. artist Willem de Kooning in 1904; U.S. poet laureate Robert Penn Warren in 1905; actor Shirley MacLaine in 1934 (age 83); actor Jill Ireland in 1936; writer Sue Grafton in 1940 (age 77); singer/actor/filmmaker Barbra Streisand in 1942 (age 75); former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in 1942 (age 75); actor Eric Bogosian in 1953 (age 64); actor Michael O'Keefe in 1955 (age 62); actor Cedric the Entertainer, born Cedric Antonio Kyles, in 1964 (age 53); singer Kelly Clarkson in 1982 (age 35).

On this date in history:

In 1704, the Boston News-Letter became the first American newspaper to be published on a regular basis.

In 1800, the U.S. Congress established the Library of Congress.

In 1877, U.S. troops moved out of New Orleans, ending the North's military occupation of the South following the Civil War.

In 1913, the Woolworth Building, designed by architect Cass Gilbert, an early proponent of skyscrapers, opened to the public and its tenants.

In 1957, the Suez Canal was reopened to shipping after being shut for more than five months following a conflict between Egypt and the trio of Israel, the United Kingdom, and France.

In 1980, Operation Eagle Claw, the attempt to rescue 52 embassy staff held captive in Tehran, ends with the death of eight servicemen when a helicopter crashed into a transport aircraft.

In 1981, IBM introduced its first personal computer.

In 1986, the duchess of Windsor, Wallis Warfield Simpson, for whom England's King Edward VIII gave up his throne, died in Paris at age 89.

In 1987, genetically altered bacteria, designed to prevent frost damage, were sprayed on a California strawberry field in the first test of this biotechnology in nature.

In 1991, Freddie Stowers, a World War I corporal, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. He was the first African-American to receive the highest medal for valor in combat.

In 1996, the Palestinian National Council voted to drop its official commitment to the destruction of Israel.

In 2005, Benedict XVI was installed in Rome as the 265th Roman Catholic pope.

In 2013, a building that housed clothing factories collapsed in Bangladesh, killing more than 1,000 people.

In 2014, Major League Baseball imposed a 10-day suspension on the New York Yankees' Michael Pineda for using pine tar while pitching against the Boston Red Sox. "I apologize ... it won't happen again," Pineda said.

A thought for the day: "A child educated only at school is an uneducated child." -- George Santayana