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

Events in History

Events 101 - 155 of 155

  • 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, Minnesota)
  • 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
  • 1969 "Sugar, Sugar" single released by The Archies (Billboard Song of the Year 1969)
  • 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 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

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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
  • 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 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 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 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 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

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 107 of 107

  • 1976 Bob Maesen, Belgian flatwater canoer
  • 1978 Brian Ching, American footballer
  • 1979 Frank Mir, American UFC fighter
  • 1982 DaMarcus Beasley, American footballer
  • 1983 Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, Anglo-Australian videogame creator and critic
  • 1995 Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein
  • 1996 Matthew Eappen, baby killed by nanny Louise Woodward, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Weddings in History

Deaths in History