On This Day

On This Day in History for May 24 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1968 FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City
  • 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 George [Earl] Jellicoe resigns as British Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords
  • 1975 Dutch government of De Uyl decides to obtain an F-16
  • 1976 1st commercial SST flight to North America (Concorde to Washington, D.C.)
  • 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
  • 1978 American management consultant Marilyn Loden first coins the term "glass ceiling" to describe invisible career barriers for women
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British Prime Minister to visit Israel

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1986 Reginald Huffstetler trod water for 985 hrs
  • 1987 Golden Gate Bridge 50th anniversary: Over 800K people show up, 300K walk on bridge at same time, span temporarily flattens from weight (San Francisco, California)
  • 1988 John Moschitta set record for fast talking: 586 words per minute
  • 1988 Section 28 passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom prohibiting 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 Repealed 2001/2004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 satirical 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 Kim Basinger files for bankruptcy to avoid paying $7.4M settlement
  • 1993 Kurd rebellion kills 33 soldiers and 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 US 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.
  • 2009 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Canterbury GC: Michael Allen wins his lone major title by 2 strokes from runner-up Larry Mize
  • 2010 Andrew Wakefield, doctor at the center of MMR vaccination scare, struck off the UK medical register after being found guilty of serious professional misconduct
  • 2013 Rafael Correa is sworn into a third term as President of Ecuador
  • 2014 Yingluck Shinawatra, former prime minister of Thailand, is detained by the 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
  • 2018 Record US fentanyl seizure of 120lbs (54kg) confirmed by police in Nebraska in April, enough to kill 26 million people, one of largest drug busts in US history
  • 2018 At least 14 children reported mauled to death by wild dogs near Khairabad, India after closure of slaughterhouses

Conference meetingSummit of Interest

2018 US President Donald Trump cancels summit with North and South Korea because of hostile statements from North Korea

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 World's largest cat-proof fence (44km) completed at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary, central Australia to protest endangered species
  • 2018 Bangladeshi police reported to have shot 52 suspected drug traffickers in anti-narcotics crackdown in 10 days
  • 2018 US President Donald Trump signs into law the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act easing financial regulations and reducing oversight for banks
  • 2019 Brazil's Supreme Court votes to make homophobia and transphobia crimes
  • 2020 The New York Times prints front page with nearly 1,000 names of people who have died from COVID-19, as the US toll nears 100,000
  • 2020 Millions of cicadas in a once in 17-year event about to emerge from the earth in the US south posing crop danger and noise issues, according to scientists from Virginia Tech

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 British PM Boris Johnson refuses to sack his senior aide Dominic Cummings, after it is revealed he broke the country's lockdown rules to drive across the country

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • 2021 India's official COVID-19 death toll passes 300,000 (303,720), the third country to do so, with experts saying it is a vast undercount [1]
  • 2021 Constitutional crisis deepens in Samoa after Speaker of the House shuts out Fiame Naomi Mata’afa from being sworn in as the country's first woman leader in 56 years [1]

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2021 Deposed Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi appears in court against charges laid by the military government

Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese Politician
Aung San Suu Kyi

Birthdays in History

  • 1982 DaMarcus Beasley, American footballer (Houston Dynamo), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1983 Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, Anglo-Australian videogame creator and critic, born in Rugby, Warwickshire, England
  • 1995 Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein, eldest child of Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, the Regent and Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, and his wife Princess Sophie of Bavaria, Duchess in Bavaria, born in Portland Hospital, London
  • 1996 Matthew Eappen, baby killed by nanny Louise Woodward, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Weddings in History


Deaths in History