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Thursday, April 24

2007Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime.
2006King Gyanendra of Nepal gives into the demands of protesters and restores the parliament that he dissolved in 2002.
2005Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
2005Snuppy, the world's first cloned dog is born in South Korea.
2004The United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.
1996In the United States, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 is introduced.
1993An IRA bomb devastates the Bishopsgate area of London.
1990STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle ''Discovery''. thumb|right|250px|Shuttle mission [[STS-31]] lifts off, carrying [[Hubble Space Telescope|Hubble]] into orbit.
1990Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine.
1980Eight U.S. servicemen die in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis.
 
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