24 Apr 1856
24 Apr 1876
24 Apr 1882
24 Apr 1897
24 Apr 1908

  • Viktor Abakumov was born in Moscow, Russia. [Main Article | CPC]
24 Apr 1915

Photo(s) dated 24 Apr 1915
Battlecruiser Haruna at Kobe, Japan, 24 Apr 1915
24 Apr 1918
  • Friedrich Christiansen shot down a British H12B flying boat. [Main Article | CPC]
24 Apr 1920
  • Marshal Pilsudski, the Polish leader, signed a treaty with Simon Petlyura promising Ukrainian independence in return for military help in crushing the Bolsheviks. [AC]
24 Apr 1921
  • USS Arizona departed Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. [Main Article | CPC]
24 Apr 1926

  • Crown Prince Yi Un was ostensibly made King Yi of Korea. [Main Article | CPC]
24 Apr 1929

24 Apr 1930

  • Major General Takeshi Kosugi was named the chief of staff of the Taiwan Army. [CPC]
24 Apr 1934

  • In Germany, a Supreme Court was created in Berlin to take on the most serious cases of treason. [AC]
24 Apr 1936
  • In Germany the Ordensburgen Training Centres were formally established for the indoctrination of Nazi Party members. These establishments came under the responsibility of Reich Organization Leader Robert Ley, a loud-mouth fanatic with a reputation for drink and women and an obsession with creating physically perfect Germans. [AC]
24 Apr 1937
  • Britain and France relieved Belgium of its Locarno Treaties responsibilities. [CPC]
24 Apr 1938
  • The Nazi-aligned Sudeten German Party issued the Carlsbad Decrees, demanding autonomy for Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia. [Main Article | CPC]
24 Apr 1940
  • Josef Terboven was appointed the Reichskommissar of Norway. [CPC]
  • France urged Italy to stay out of the European War. [CPC]
  • Orion sank the ship Haxby in the Atlantic Ocean. [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Naval Attaché in Norway Lieutenant Commander Ole E. Hagen escorted a group of American citizens fleeting Norway into Sweden. [CPC]
  • Cruiser Georges Leygues was ordered to sail to Mers-el-Kébir, French Algeria. [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Norway, 18 Gladiator biplanes of the 263 Squadron RAF arrived at the frozen Lake Lesjaskogsvatnet in Norway, which was to become their base of operations; the field had no anti-aircraft defense. Troops of the British 15th Brigade landed at Ĺndalsnes after a 9-day journey by sea from France; they immediately marched south toward Lillehammer, Norway. Troops of the Norwegian 6th Brigade attacked German positions north of Narvik, Norway; Gratangsbotn was briefly re-captured by Norwegian troops. German troops repelled a British attack near Trondheim. [Main Article | TH]
United Kingdom
  • British House of Commons approved a trade agreement with Spain; it was the first since the Spanish Civil War. [TH]
24 Apr 1941
  • German paratroopers captured the Corinth Canal in Greece. Meanwhile, German aircraft sank hospital ship Andros and 11 freighters off the coast and damaged British cruiser HMS York and submarine HMS Rover at Suda Bay, Crete; Greek torpedo boats Aigli, Alkyoni, and Arethousa were scuttled to prevent capture. British troops held off German attacks through the afternoon at Thermopylae, destroying 15 German tanks, before withdrawing after sundown. At 1900 hours, Greek luxury yacht Hellas was bombed at Piraeus while boarding 500 British civilians and 400 wounded Allied soldiers, killing 500. [Main Article | TH]
  • US Navy extended its range for Neutrality Patrols to as far east as Iceland and as far south as Rio de Janeiro. [CPC]
  • The German Naval Attaché in Moscow, Russia reported back to German Navy headquarters that it had been learned that the British had deduced the German invasion of the Soviet Union to take place around 26 Jun 1941, and the British had shared this information with the Soviet Union. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Italian infantry attacked two points of the Tobruk, Libya defenses at 0700 hours; the attacks were halted within an hour with heavy casualties and 107 captured. [Main Article | CPC]
24 Apr 1942
  • Jews were prohibited from using public transportation in Germany; exception was made for Jewish forced laborers whose workplace is more than 7 kilometers from their homes, but seats were still off limits to them. [CPC]
  • Luftwaffe aircraft conducted a raid on Exeter, England. [Main Article | TH]
  • American troops landed in French New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean. [CPC]
  • Tatsuta Maru arrived at Davao, Philippine Islands. [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • At Delhi, India, Orde Wingate noted his preference of a proactive long range penetration strategy for his irregular troops. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Aleksandr Vasilevsky was named the acting Chief of Staff as his superior Boris Shaposhnikov had fallen ill. [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-136 sank British ship Empire Drum 280 miles southeast of New York, United States at 2348 hours; all 41 aboard survived. [Main Article | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Zero fighters of the Japanese Navy Tainan Air Group (based in Rabaul, New Britain) attacked Seven Mile airfield near Port Moresby, Australian Papua, shooting down 3 Kittyhawk fighters in combat and destroying 1 PBY Catalina and 2 B-26 Marauder aircraft on the ground. Later in the day, four B-17E Flying Fortress bombers of US 30th Bomb Squadron arrived at Seven Mile in preparation for a raid on Rabaul, New Britain on the next day. [CPC]
  • Japanese 18th Infantry Division captured Yamethin, Burma. [Main Article | CPC]
  • 91 British bombers attacked Rostock, Germany for the second night in a row, causing damage in the town, but the aircraft attacking the nearby Heinkel aircraft factory again failed to do much damage. One Hampden bomber was lost during this attack. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Rochefort's cryptanalytic team based in Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii had intercepted Japanese Navy radio messages mentioning the existence of task forces bearing names such as MO Covering Force, MO Attack Force, RZP Occupation Force, RXB Occupation Force, etc. Rochefort would quickly arrive at the hypothesis that these task forces were organized for an attack in the Port Moresby, Australian Papua region. [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS S-35 approached Paramushiro, Hokkaido, Japan in the Kurile Islands. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille returned to his unit at Martuba, Libya after a period of home leave. [Main Article | CPC]
  • 12 British RAF DB-7 Boston bombers attacked Vlissingen, the Netherlands, damaging docks without any losses. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Apr 1942
Front page of the Tribune newspaper of Manila, Philippines with headline of the fall of Bataan, 24 Apr 1942
24 Apr 1943
  • After repeated failures, Admiral Nimitz discontinued the use of magnetic exploders on torpedoes for his theater of operation. Submarines under General MacArthur's command, however, continued to use them. [CPC]
  • In the North Atlantic, Escorts of Allied convoy ONS 5 spotted and sank German submarine U-710 10 miles ahead of the convoy. [Main Article | CPC]
  • The German submarine U-710 was sunk by an aircraft of British No. 206 Squadron Coastal Command. [AC]
  • The No. 5 Column of the Chindits reached the Chindwin River in Burma. [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Runner damaged a Japanese transport in the South China Sea, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. [Main Article | CPC]
  • In the Mediterranean Sea, British submarine HMS Sahib (Lieutenant J. H. Bromage) was scuttled and abandoned by her crew to avoid capture after being seriously damaged by the Italian torpedo boat Climene. Her loss would be officially announced by the Admiralty on 6 May 1943. [AC]
Caroline Islands Japan
  • USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese cargo ship in the Tsugaru Strait between Honshu and Hokkaido, Japan, hitting her with 3 of 4 torpedoes fired. [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Apr 1943
An improvised jeep ambulance at a training camp in Camp Carson, Colorado, United States, 24 Apr 1943US Army troops training with 81mm mortar, Camp Carson, Colorado, United States, 24 Apr 1943; note M1 CarbineAn US Army soldier practing throwing a grenade from a foxhole toward a M10 tank destroyer, Camp Carson, Colorado, United States, 24 Apr 1943155 mm Howitzer Carriage M1917 or M1918 howitzer and crew in exercise, Camp Carson, Colorado, United States, 24 Apr 1943, photo 2 of 2
See all photos dated 24 Apr 1943
24 Apr 1944
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Saipan. [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • British bombers attacked München, Germany. During this attack, the Spinosaurus fossil specimen BSP 1912 VIII 19 was destroyed at the Paläontologische Staatssammlung München (Bavarian State Collection of Paleontology). [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied bombers conducted a raid on Belgrade, Yugoslavia. [CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • After two days of heavy fighting Douglas MacArthur's forces subdued Hollandia and Aitape in Dutch New Guinea, cutting off 50,000 Japanese troops of the Pacific-based 18th Army. [Main Article | AC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of ARGUS-15 departed. [Main Article | DS]
Photo(s) dated 24 Apr 1944
Quarter bow view of a Landing Craft Flak (LCF) during invasion rehearsal off the Isle of Wight, Southern England, United Kingdom, 28 Apr 1944Portrait of Air Chief Marshal Harris of RAF Bomber Command, taken at his HQ at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom, 24 Apr 1944
24 Apr 1945
  • USS Cod unsuccessfully attacked a Japanese convoy and was subjected to a heavy depth charge barrage. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Canadian First and British Second Armies entered Bremen, Germany. [TH]
  • The United Kingdom abolished black-out with the exception of certain coastal areas. [CPC]
  • USS Charr departed the naval base at Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippine Islands. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Tranquility was commissioned into service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • The American destroyer escort USS Frederick C. Davis was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-546 off the Atlantic coast. [AC]
  • USS Parche attacked a Japanese transport east of Kamaichi, Japan; all 3 torpedoes missed. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Indian 5th Division captured Toungoo, Burma and advanced further to Penwegu. [Main Article | CPC]
  • US First Army liberated Dachau Concentration Camp in southern Germany. [Main Article | Facility | TH]
  • US Seventh Army crossed the Danube River to capture Ulm, Germany. Also in southern Germany, US 3rd Army reached the Danube River. [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • US Fifth Army drove through Mantua on its way north along the Italian coast while British Eighth Army attacked across the Po River and captured Parma. The two columns made contact as British 6th Armoured Division linked up with US 10th Mountain Division. [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • The final mission involving Italian motor torpedo boats against Allied targets was launched, involving four boats. [CPC]
Japan Photo(s) dated 24 Apr 1945
M24 Chaffee light tank of US Army 1st Armored Division in Bologna, Italy, late Apr 1945US Senator Alben Barkley visiting Buchenwald Concentration Camp, Weimar, Germany, 24 Apr 1945A B-29 Superfortress crashed during an attempted emergency landing on Iwo Jima Apr 24, 1945 and ran into nine P-51 Mustangs. Ground personnel wait behind a Jeep for all ammunition to cook off.A B-29 Superfortress crashed during an attempted emergency landing on Iwo Jima Apr 24, 1945 and ran into nine P-51 Mustangs.
24 Apr 1946
  • Preston (Fletcher-class) was decommissioned from service. [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Stalin met with Lavrentiy Beria, Andrei Zhdanov, Georgy Malenkov, Anastas Mikoyan, Viktor Abakumov, Vsevolod Merkulov, and Sergei Ogoltsov over the reorganization of the Soviet Ministry for State Security (MGB). [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Apr 1946
Fleet Admiral Nimitz, Fleet Admiral Leahy, President Truman, and Vice Admiral Mitscher aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt during maneuvers off the Virginia Capes, United States, 24 Apr 1946Stern view of USS Segundo departing Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 24 Apr 1946Broadside view of USS Segundo departing Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 24 Apr 1946, photo 1 of 2Bow view of USS Segundo departing Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 24 Apr 1946
See all photos dated 24 Apr 1946
24 Apr 1949
  • Sun Chu was captured by Chinese communist forces at Taiyuan, Shanxi, China. [Main Article | CPC]
24 Apr 1967
  • Breconshire arrived from Kobe, Japan to Mihara, Japan for scrapping. [Main Article | CPC]
24 Apr 1971

Photo(s) dated 24 Apr 1971
Anti-submarine warfare carrier Ticonderoga with her rails manned, Sunda Strait, 24 Apr 1971

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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