April 24th in historyIn this week’s edition of #ThrowbackThursday, we will take a quick look at some of the significant events that occurred on April 24 in history.  To me, the most noteworthy event that occurred on April 24 is the Armenian Genocide of 1915 that led to the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians.

Keep reading to learn about the important events that took place on April 24 throughout history.  I hope you find these events as interesting as I do.

1.5 Million Armenians Were Massacred At The Hands Of The Ottoman Turkish Empire

April 24, 1915-
On this date in history the Ottoman Turkish Empire embarked on the organized annihilation of its civilian Armenian population.

Armenian genocide

During the Armenian genocide, the Turkish Empire subjected the Armenian people to deportation, abduction, torture, massacre, and starvation.  These persecutions lasted from 1915 until about 1923.  Because of these persecutions and deportations, around 1.5 million Armenian were massacred, while thousands were left homeless.  This unfortunate event is especially upsetting to me not only because so many Armenians lost their lives at the hands of the Ottoman Turks, but also because my grandfather was placed in an orphanage after both his parents were killed during the Armenian genocide.

Other Important Events That Occurred On April 24 Throughout History:

April 24, 1833- A patent for first soda fountain was granted on this date.

April 24, 1898- The Spanish-American War started on this date.  Spain declared war against the United States after they rejected United States’ ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.

April 24, 1953- On this date, Queen Elizabeth II knighted Winston Churchill.

April 24, 1989- On this date in 1989, the former Massachusetts Governor, Michael Dukakis, declared April 24 the "New Kids on the Block Day."  How many of you take time off from work on New Kids on the Block Day?

Birthday of the Library of Congress

Today is also the official birthday of the United States Library of Congress. The Library of Congress was approved by President John Adams on April 24, 1800. This distinguished piece of American history, that continues to play a valuable role in our society, is exactly 114 years old.

The Library of Congress is the oldest institution of federal culture in our country. Generally speaking, its function is to serve as a resource to Americans and congress for research purposes.

In order to start the library, John Adams appropriated $5,000 in order to purchase various books to be used by congress. A total of 740 books were ordered a year later along with three maps. These items were held at the U.S. Capital building, which was the original location of the Library of Congress. In 1802, Thomas Jefferson signed legislation that codified the exact role the library was to fill.

The Library of Congress Today

The library has grown considerably since its first three maps and 740 volumes. It currently boasts 135 million items. Also, ever since the Copyright Law of 1870, the Library of Congress has served a vital legal function. Under the Copyright Law, two copies of all published works in the United States must be deposited with the library.

Was it just a clever ploy by congress to get free books? Perhaps it was, but the library is now a vital part of our society, copyright law and culture. If there is a book you have always wanted to read, chances are, it can be found at the Library of Congress.

Fun Library of Congress Facts

  • The smallest book at the library of congress is 1/25 of an inch by 1/25 of an inch. That is approximately as big as the period you see after this sentence. It's Old King Cole if you care to check it out. Just don't lose it!
  • The biggest book is 5 feet by 7 feet and it contains a variety of pictures from Bhutan.
  • If you thought you had a lot of comic books when you were a kid, you thought wrong. The Library of Congress has more. In fact, it has the largest comic book collection in the world. It holds approximately 5,000 different titles and 100,000 different issues of comic books.

Ultimately, the Library of Congress is not just about little books, big books and comic books. It fulfills a vital role in helping to resolve all manner of business disputes, intellectual property disputes. and copyright issues.