April 24 in history

On April 24, 1907, Hershey Chocolate Co. founder Milton S. Hershey opens Hershey Park, initially a space with playgrounds, picnic pavilions and athletic fields for the exclusive use of his workers in the company town.
On April 24, 1942, Canadian-born novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery dies at 67. She is best known for the series of novels that began with “Anne of Green Gables” in 1908.
On April 24, 1981, Bill Shoemaker wins his 8,000th race, at the time putting him 2,000 wins ahead of any other jockey.

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