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Birthdays: April 24

Many readers ask The Old Farmer's Almanac what happened on their birthday--or the birthday of a loved one.. To help out, we've put together an everything-birthdays page! Find fun birthday facts, birthday history, folklore, and more!

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Weather History for April 24

1877: A local windstorm blew down commercial buildings and damaged ships in Galveston, Texas

Birthday Weather

What was the weather like on the day that you or a loved one was born? See our free Weather History tool to go back in time!

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Birthday Lore for April 24

You read a great deal and retain and absorb the knowledge gleaned from it to use in your conversation. You seek the society of other well-read and cultured people and scorn superficial study. You like personal attention but dislike flattery.

Who Else Shares This Birthday?

Born 1905: Robert Penn Warren (poet)

Born 1934: Shirley MacLaine (actress)

Born 1936: Jill Ireland (actress)

On This Day in History

2005: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger inaugurated as Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He took the name Pope Benedict XVI

1895: Joshua Slocum left Boston on his 37-foot sloop named Spray. He arrived in Newport, Rhode Island, on June 27, 1898, becoming the first sailor to have circumnavigated the globe alone

1898: Spain declared war on the United States (Spanish-American War)

Signs of the Zodiac

TAURUS (April 21-May 20)

The Bull. Ruling planet: Venus. Element: Earth. Quality: Practical. Ability: Persistence.You are the most grounded members of the zodiac. Able to see the practical side of matters, you can be counted upon not only to do the job right, but to do it thoroughly as well. While it may sometimes take you a while to gain momentum, your gift is the determination and persistence that carries you along once you have begun. You have staying power.


Birthday Cakes

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