This Day In History
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On This Day

1924

Events

April 1, 1924

The Royal Canadian Air...
The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed. The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) formerly Canadian Forces Air Command, is one of three environmental commands of the Canadian Forces. Commanded by Lieutenant-General André Deschamps, who is also Chief of the Air Force Staff, the RCAF has 14,500 Regular Force and 2,600 Primary Reserve airmen and airwomen, supported by 2,500 civilians.
Royal Canadian Air Force, air force

April 18, 1924

Simon & Schuster publishes...
Simon & Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book. Simon & Schuster, Inc., a division of CBS Corporation, is a publisher founded in New York City in 1924 by Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln ("Max") Schuster. It is one of the four largest English-language publishers, alongside Random House, Penguin and HarperCollins. It publishes over two thousand titles annually under 35 different imprints.
crossword

November 27, 1924

In New York City,...
In New York City, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, often shortened to Macy's Day Parade, is an annual parade presented by Macy's. The tradition started in 1924, tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States along with America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, and four years younger than the 6abc IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia. The three-hour event is held in New York City starting at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving Day, parade, New York City





Births

January 21, 1924
Benny Hill

Benny Hill was an English comedian and actor, notable for his long-running television programme The Benny Hill Show.
April 3, 1924
Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando, Jr. was an American movie star and political activist. "Unchallenged as the most important actor in modern American Cinema" according to the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Brando was one of only three professional actors, along with Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe, named by Time magazine as one of its 100 Persons of the Century in 1999.
June 20, 1924
Chet Atkins

Chester Burton Atkins, known as Chet Atkins, was an American guitarist and record producer who, along with Owen Bradley, created the smoother country music style known as the Nashville sound, which expanded country's appeal to adult pop music fans as well.
June 25, 1924
Sidney Lumet

Sidney Lumet was an American director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit. He was nominated for the Academy Award as Best Director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982). He did not win an individual Academy Award, but he did receive an Academy Honorary Award and 14 of his films were nominated for various Oscars, such as Network, which was nominated for 10, winning 4.
August 29, 1924
Dinah Washington

Dinah Washington, born Ruth Lee Jones, was an American blues, R&B and jazz singer. She has been cited as "the most popular black female recording artist of the '50s", and called "The Queen of the Blues". She is a 1986 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
September 28, 1924
Marcello Mastroianni

Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni, Knight Grand Cross was an Italian film actor. His honours included British Film Academy Awards, Best Actor awards at the Cannes Film Festival and two Golden Globe Awards.
December 14, 1924
Raj Kapoor

Ranbir Raj Kapoor was an Indian film actor, producer and director of Hindi cinema. A Punjabi refugee from Pakistan after the 1947 partition, Raj Kapoor saw great fame and fortune in Hindu India.

Deaths

January 21, 1924
Vladimir Lenin

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin was a Russian Marxist revolutionary and communist politician who led the October Revolution of 1917. As leader of the Bolsheviks, he headed the Soviet state during its initial years (1917–1924), as it fought to establish control of Russia in the Russian Civil War and worked to create a socialist economic system.
February 3, 1924
Woodrow Wilson

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States, from 1913 to 1921. A leader of the Progressive Movement, he served as President of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910, and then as the Governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913. Running against Progressive ("Bull Moose") Party candidate Theodore Roosevelt and Republican candidate William Howard Taft, Wilson was elected President as a Democrat in 1912.
August 3, 1924
Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski) was a Polish-born English novelist.
November 29, 1924
Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini was an Italian composer whose operas, including “La bohème”, “Tosca”, “Madama Butterfly”, and “Turandot”, are among the most frequently performed in the standard repertoire. Some of his arias, such as "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi, "Che gelida manina" from La bohème, and "Nessun dorma" from Turandot, have become part of popular culture.
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