Events in History on May 24

  • 1086 Abbott Dauferio/Desiderius becomes Pope Victor III
  • 1153 Malcolm IV becomes King of Scots
  • 1218 The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt.
  • 1276 Magnus Ladulås is crowned King of Sweden in Uppsala Cathedral.
  • 1300 King Philip IV occupies Flanders, Earl Gwijde captured
  • 1370 Hanzesteden signs peace treaty with Danish king Waldemar IV
  • 1487 Imposter Lambert Simnel ceremony crowned as King Edward VI of Dublin
  • 1595 Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.
  • 1621 The Protestant Union is formally dissolved.
  • 1653 German Parliament selects Ferdinand II king of Austria
  • 1658 Battle of Dunes (Spanish-French War) fought

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1660 English king Charles II visits Netherlands

  • 1667 French troops attack into Southern Netherlands
  • 1689 English Parliament guarantees freedom of religion for Protestants
  • 1697 English King William III travels through northern Europe
  • 1726 -26] People's revolt due to increase in gin/brandy tax

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1738 John Wesley is converted, launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.

Evangelist John Wesley
John Wesley

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1775 John Hancock is unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress

Statesman John Hancock
John Hancock
  • 1798 Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins.
  • 1809 Dartmoor Prison opens to house French prisoners of war
  • 1815 George Evans discovers Lachlan River, Australia

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1818 General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola Florida

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • 1822 Battle of Pichincha, Bolívar secures independence of Quito from Spain
  • 1824 Pope Leo XII proclaims a universal jubilee
  • 1829 Pope Pius VIII issues his program for pontificate
  • 1830 "Mary Had A Little Lamb" by Sarah Josepha Hale is first published by Boston firm Marsh, Capen & Lyon
  • 1830 1st passenger rail service in US (Baltimore & Elliots Mill, Maryland)
  • 1832 The First Kingdom of Greece is declared in the London Conference.

CommunicationHistoric Communication

1844 Samuel Morse taps out "What hath God wrought" in the world's 1st telegraph message

Inventor Samuel Morse
Samuel Morse

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1846 General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey in Mexican War

12th US President Zachary Taylor
12th US President
Zachary Taylor

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1847 German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt is awarded the Patron's Medal by the Royal Geographical Society, London in recognition of 'the increased knowledge of the great continent of Australia' gained by his Moreton Bay-Port Essington journey

Explorer and Naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt
Explorer and Naturalist
Ludwig Leichhardt
  • 1854 Anthony Burns, slave, arrested by US Deputy marshals in Boston
  • 1854 Lincoln University, Penn, 1st Black college in US founded by John Miller Dickey and Sarah Emlen Cresson
  • 1856 Pottawatomie Massacre took place in Kansas
  • 1861 Alexandria, VA occupied by Federal troops
  • 1861 Maj Gen Benjamin Butler declares slaves "contraband of war"
  • 1862 Beardslee field telegraph used for 1st time
  • 1862 Westminster Bridge across Thames opens
  • 1866 Berkeley, California named (for George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne)
  • 1870 Memoria of Jackson Kemper, 1st Missionary Bishop in US
  • 1878 CA Parker (Harvard) wins 1st American bike race, Beacon Park Boston
  • 1881 Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sinks near London Ontario, 200 die
  • 1881 Turkey cedes Thessaly and Arta back to Greece.

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1883 Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur & NY Governor Cleveland

21st US President Chester A. Arthur
21st US President
Chester A. Arthur
  • 1884 Anti-Monopoly party & Greenback Party forms People's Party in US
  • 1887 Sultan Bargash of Zanzibar grants E Afr Association at East African harbors

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1890 Caprivi succeeds Bismarck as chancellor of Germany

German Statesman Otto Von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto Von Bismarck
  • 1890 Geo Train & Sam Wall circle world in record 67 days, Tacoma-Tacoma
  • 1890 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
  • 1895 Henry Irving becomes 1st theatrical knight
  • 1899 1st auto repair shop opens (Boston)
  • 1901 Seventy-eight miners die in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales.
  • 1902 Empire Day 1st celebrated in Britain
  • 1902 Cleve's Bill Bradley is 1st ALer to hit a HR run in 4 consecutive games, not duplicated until Babe Ruth does it June 25, 1918
  • 1908 Belgium Catholic socialist/liberal parliamentary election
  • 1908 John Masefields "Tragedy of Nan" premieres in London
  • 1909 Bristol University granted Royal Charter

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1915 Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • 1916 Conscription begins in Britain
  • 1916 French driven out of Fort Douaumont after 500 killed or injured
  • 1916 Last British-Indian contract workers arrive in Suriname
  • 1916 US pilot William Thaw shoots down a German Fokker
  • 1918 Cleveland beats Yankees 3-2 in 19th inning
  • 1918 British officer General Poole lands at Murmansk, the Russian port on the Barents Sea
  • 1921 1st parliament for Northern Ireland elected
  • 1921 Bulhoek Massacre: police commissioner Colonel Theodore Truter, leads 6 squadrons, and an artillery detachment against Israelite religious sect collected at their annual gathering on the land of their leader Enoch Mgijima at Ntabalanga; 190 killed
  • 1922 Record temperature in Netherlands for May (35.6°C)
  • 1922 Russian-Italian trade agreement signed

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1923 Stanley Baldwin succeeds Andrew Bonar Law as British Prime Minister

British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin
British Prime Minister
Stanley Baldwin
British Prime Minister Bonar Law
British Prime Minister
Bonar Law

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1926 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000 m (8:25.4)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1928 Record 12 future Hall of Famers take the field, as Yanks beat A's 9-7
  • 1928 Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole again
  • 1930 1st woman to fly from England to Australia solo, lands (Amy Johnson)
  • 1930 Ruth homers in both games of a doubleheader, giving him 9 in one week
  • 1931 1st air-conditioned train installed-B&O Railroad
  • 1933 Dmitri Shostakovitch's Preludes premieres in Moscow
  • 1934 Colombia & Peru sign accord about harbor city Leticia
  • 1936 Dutch bishops forbid membership of Nazi party
  • 1936 Tony Lazerri 2 grand slams (11 RBIs); Ben Chapman sets record by reaching 1st 7 times safely, Yanks beat A's 25-2
  • 1940 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina speaks on BBC radio
  • 1940 Dutch army demobilizes
  • 1940 German tanks reach Atrecht France

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1940 Hitler affirms Gen von Rundstedts "Stopbevel"

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1941 German battleship Bismarck sinks the British battle cruiser HMS Hood; 1,416 die, 3 survive

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1943 Admiral Donitz stops U-boat in Atlantic Ocean

Admiral and Navy Commander Karl Dönitz
Admiral and Navy Commander
Karl Dönitz
  • 1943 U-441 shoots Sunderland seaplane down over Gulf of Biskaje
  • 1944 Enver Hoxha becomes head of Albania anti fascists
  • 1944 Icelandic voters severe all ties with Denmark
  • 1946 Bill Dickey replaces Joe McCarthy as Yankee manager
  • 1951 Racial segregation in Wash DC restaurants ruled illegal
  • 1951 US performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
  • 1953 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Doctor Mellifluus
  • 1954 1st rocket attains 150 mi (241 km) altitude, White Sands, NM
  • 1954 Dr Peter Murray Marshall becomes 1st black to head an AMA unit
  • 1954 German airline Lufthansa forms
  • 1954 IBM announces vacuum tube "electronic" brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour
  • 1956 Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha's Parinibbāna.
  • 1957 Anti-American riots breakout in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1957 Heavy earthquake strikes Colombia

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1958 Cuban President Batista opens offensive against Fidel Castro's rebellion

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • 1958 UP & International News Service merge into United Press International
  • 1959 1st house with built-in bomb shelter exhibited (Pleasant Hills, Pa)
  • 1959 Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in Great Britain
  • 1960 1 millionth Dutch telephone installed
  • 1961 27 Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1961 NASA Explorer Ionosphere research mission fails to reach Earth orbit
  • 1961 Cyprus joins the Council of Europe.
  • 1962 M Scott Carpenter aboard Aurora 7 launched into Earth orbit
  • 1963 1st Lockheed A-12 to crash, CIA pilot Ken Collins ejects safely
  • 1964 18th Tony Awards: Luther & Hello Dolly win
  • 1964 Longest HR (471') in Balt Memorial Stadium (Harmon Killebrew, Minn)
  • 1965 Supreme Court declares federal law allowing post office to intercept communist propaganda is unconstitutional
  • 1968 Haiti closes down shortwave station 4VEH for 40 days

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1968 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

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1968 French President Charles de Gaulle proposes referendum & students set fire to Paris bourse

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1968 FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City.
  • 1970 Peter Green quits Fleetwood Mac to join a religious cult
  • 1970 The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union.
  • 1971 A commuter bus plunges into Panama Canal, killing 38 of 43 aboard
  • 1972 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1973 Earl Jellicoe resigns as Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the Lords.
  • 1975 Dutch government of De Uyl decides to obtain an F-16
  • 1976 1st commercial SST flight to North America (Concorde to Wash DC)
  • 1976 In the Judgment of Paris, wine testers rate wines from California higher than their French counterparts, challenging the notion of France being the foremost producer of the world's best wines.
  • 1977 USSR President Podgorny resigns
  • 1978 Dutch Investment bill (WIR) law goes into effect
  • 1979 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1980 Iran rejects a call to World Court to release US hostages
  • 1981 Hostage situation ends at Central Bank in Barcelona Spain
  • 1982 Liberation of Khorramshahr, Iranians recapture of the port city of Khorramshahr from the Iraqis during the Iran-Iraq War.
  • 1983 Fred Sinowatz succeeds Bruno Kreisky as chancellor of Austria
  • 1983 Supreme Court rules government can deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminated against students
  • 1985 -25) cyclone hits Bangladesh; about 10,000 die

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1986 Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British PM to visit Israel

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1986 Reginald Huffstetler trod water for 985 hrs
  • 1988 John Moschitta set record for fast talking: 586 words per minute
  • 1988 Section 28 is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom which prohibited the promotion of homosexuality. Repealed 2001/2004.
  • 1989 French war criminal Paul Touvier arrested in monastery in Nice
  • 1989 Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper, is awarded £600,000 in damages after winning a libel action against satyrical magazine Private Eye (later reduced to £60,000 on appeal) .
  • 1990 A car carrying American Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney explodes in Oakland, California, critically injuring both.
  • 1993 Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia after 30-year civil war
  • 1993 Kurd rebellion kills 33 soldiers & 5 citizens in Turkey
  • 1997 STS 84 (Atlantis 19), lands
  • 1997 Telstar-5 Proton Launch, Successful
  • 1999 Venezuela enters the Antarctic Treaty System.
  • 2000 Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.
  • 2001 Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.
  • 2001 The Versailles wedding hall disaster in Jerusalem, Israel, kills 23 and injures over 200 in Israel's worst-ever civil disaster.
  • 2001 The Democrats gain control of the U.S. Senate for the first time since 1994 when Senator James Jeffords of Vermont abandons the Republican Party and declares himself an independent.
  • 2002 Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.
  • 2004 North Korea bans mobile phones.
  • 2013 Rafael Correa is sworn into a third term as President of Ecuador
  • 2014 Yingluck Shinawatra, former prime minister of Thailand, is detained by army after a military coup
  • 2016 Kaduna state in Nigeria declares a state of emergency due to 'Tomato Ebola', as moth destroys 80% of tomato crops
  • 2016 Bill Crosby is ordered to stand trial in a sexual assault case in Norristown