On This Day

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

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1660 English king Charles II visits Netherlands

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 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

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

Evangelist John Wesley
John Wesley

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

  • 1815 George Evans discovers Lachlan River, Australia

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

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 first telegraph message

Inventor Samuel Morse
Samuel Morse

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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 Escaped slave Anthony Burns is arrested by US Deputy marshals in Boston under the Fugitive Slave Act

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1856 Pottawatomie Massacre: John Brown and abolitionist settlers kill five pro-slavery settlers in Franklin County, Kansas

Abolitionist John Brown
John Brown
  • 1861 Alexandria, Virginia occupied by Federal troops
  • 1861 Union Major General Benjamin Butler declares slaves "contraband of war"
  • 1862 Beardslee field telegraph used for 1st time
  • 1862 Westminster Bridge across The Thames opens in London, England, second bridge replacing earlier bridge fallen into decay
  • 1866 Berkeley, California named (for George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne)
  • 1870 Memoria of Jackson Kemper, 1st Missionary Bishop in US

FireworksNotable Fireworks

1873 Alexandra Palace opens on Queen Victoria's 54th birthday with a grand celebration including concerts, recitals and fireworks

Queen of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen Victoria
  • 1878 CA Parker (Harvard) wins 1st American bike race at Beacon Park in Boston

  • 1881 Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sinks near London Ontario, 200 die
  • 1881 Turkey cedes Thessaly and Arta back to Greece.

Notable FireworksBrooklyn Bridge Opens

1883 Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur and NY Governor Cleveland
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Lithograph depicting fireworks on the opening night of the Brooklyn Bridge
Lithograph depicting fireworks on the opening night of the Brooklyn Bridge
  • 1884 Anti-Monopoly party & Greenback Party forms People's Party in US
  • 1887 Sultan Bargash of Zanzibar grants E African Association at East African harbors

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1890 Leo von Caprivi succeeds Otto von 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 Varieties opens in London

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1894 Lowell Observatory, Arizona, first begins observations of Mars with an eighteen-inch telescope, leads its builder Percival Lowell to conclude there are canals on Mars

Astronomer Percival Lowell
Percival Lowell
  • 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

InventionHistoric Invention

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 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 artillery detachment against Israelite religious sect collected at annual gathering on land of 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
  • 1928 Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole again

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1930 Amy Johnson becomes the 1st woman to fly solo from England to Australia

Aviator Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson
  • 1931 1st air-conditioned train installed-B&O Railroad
  • 1934 Colombia & Peru sign accord about harbor city Leticia
  • 1936 Dutch bishops forbid membership of Nazi party
  • 1940 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina speaks on BBC radio
  • 1940 Dutch army demobilizes
  • 1940 German tanks reach Atrecht, France

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1940 Adolf Hitler affirms General 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

Naval Commander and Nazi leader Karl Dönitz
Naval Commander and Nazi leader
Karl Dönitz
  • 1943 U-441 shoots Sunderland seaplane down over Gulf of Biskaje
  • 1944 Enver Hoxha becomes head of Albania's anti fascists
  • 1944 Icelandic voters severe all ties with Denmark
  • 1951 Racial segregation in Washington, D.C. 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, New Mexico
  • 1954 Dr Peter Murray Marshall becomes 1st African American to head an American Medical Association unit (New York County)
  • 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

BattleBattle of Interest

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, Pennsylvania)
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 2015 Senior PGA Championship Men's Golf, French Lick Resort: Defending champion Colin Montgomerie of Scotland wins by 4 strokes from Mexican Esteban Toledo
  • 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

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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