April 24 1792: The national anthem of France, "La...

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April 24, 2002

April 24

1792: The national anthem of France, "La Marseillaise," was composed by Capt. Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.

1898: Spain declared war on the United States after rejecting a U.S. ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.

1915: The Ottoman Turkish Empire began the brutal mass deportation of Armenians during World War I.

1916: Some 1,600 Irish nationalists launched the Easter Rising by seizing several key sites in Dublin.

1968: Leftist students at Columbia University in New York began a weeklong occupation of several campus buildings.

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