History & Celebrations Today – April 24

Celebrations Today – April 24

Holidays and observances

Celebrations Today – USA: April 24

National Pigs in a Blanket Day
National Impossible Astronaut Day
International Nose Picking Day
International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day
National Lover’s Day
National Movie Theatre Day
National Lost Dog Awareness Day
National Saint George’s Day
National Slay a Dragon Day
World Book and Copyright Day
World Book Night
World Laboratory Day

Today in US History: April 24

Books for Congress

Library of Congress
The Library of Congress
, Washington, D.C., copyright 1900.
Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920

Today, the Library of Congress celebrates its birthday. On April 24, 1800, President John Adams approved the appropriation of $5,000 for the purchase of “such books as may be necessary for the use of congress.”

The books, the first purchased for the Library of Congress, were ordered from London and arrived in 1801. The collection of 740 volumes and three maps was stored in the U.S. Capitol, the Library’s first home. On January 26, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson approved the first legislation that defined the role and functions of the new institution on January 26, 1802.

The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. The Library’s mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people, and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. As of 2008, the vast holdings of the Library number well over 135 million items.

Construction of the Library of Congress
Construction of the Library of Congress,
Levin C. Handy, photographer, Washington, D.C., April 19, 1893.
Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991

Ainsworth Rand Spofford, Librarian of Congress from 1864 to 1897, was responsible for transforming the Library into an institution of national significance in the Jeffersonian spirit. Appointed by Abraham Lincoln, Spofford centralized the registration and deposit of copyright activities through the Copyright Law of 1870. This law had a direct effect on vastly increasing the Library’s collections as it extended copyright protection to “…a painting, drawing, statue, statuary, model or design for a work of the fine arts, a photograph of the same…” and stipulated that two copies of every published work in the U.S.—books, pamphlets, maps, prints, photographs, and pieces of music registered for copyright—be deposited at the Library. He also linked the legislative and national functions of the Library—first in practice, next by law—through his reorganization of the institution, which was approved by Congress in 1897.

Today in History – April 24-External Links

Today’s Weather in History
Today in Earthquake History
This Day in Naval History
Today’s Document from the National Archives
Today’s Events, Births & Deaths –Wikipedia
Today in History by AP
On this Day -1950 to 2005 – Today’s Story–BBC
On This Day: The New York Times
This Day in History –History.com
Today in Canadian History – Canada Channel
History of Britain that took place On This Day
Russia in History –Russiapedia