Historical Events on 24th May
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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
King Charles II 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
1738 - John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.
1775 - John Hancock is unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress
1798 - Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins.
Statesman John Hancock 1809 - Dartmoor Prison opens to house French prisoners of war
1815 - George Evans discovers Lachlan River, Australia
1818 - General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola Florida
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" is published
1830 - 1st passenger rail service in US (Baltimore & Elliots Mill, Maryland)
1832 - The First Kingdom of Greece is declared in the London Conference.
1844 - Samuel Morse taps out "What hath God wrought" (1st telegraph message)
12th US President Zachary Taylor 1846 - General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey in Mexican War
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
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
1873 - Leo Delibes' opera "Le Roi l'a Dit" premieres in Paris
1877 - 5th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Cloverbrook wins in 2:45.5
1878 - CA Parker (Harvard) wins 1st American bike race, Beacon Park Boston
1879 - 7th Preakness: L Hughes aboard Harold wins in 2:40.5
1881 - Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sinks near London Ontario, 200 die
1881 - Turkey cedes Thessaly and Arta back to Greece.
1883 - Brooklyn Bridge opened by Pres Arthur & Gov Cleveland
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
German Statesman Otto Von Bismarck 1890 - Caprivi succeeds Bismarck as chancellor of Germany
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)
1900 - 34th Belmont: Nash Turner aboard Ildrim wins in 2:21¼
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
1905 - 39th Belmont: Eugene Hildebrand aboard Tanya wins in 2:08
1908 - Belgium Catholic socialist/liberal parliamentary election
1908 - John Masefields "Tragedy of Nan" premieres in London
1909 - Bristol University granted Royal Charter
Inventor Thomas Edison 1915 - Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations
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 Indians Stan Coveleski sets club record for most innings pitched (19)
1918 - Cleveland beats Yankees 3-2 in 19th inning
1921 - 1st parliament for Northern Ireland elected
1921 - British Legion forms
1921 - Bulhoek Massacre of Israelites takes place near Queenstown when Colonel Theodore Truter, a police commissioner, leads 6 squadrons, a machine gun and an artillery detachment against the Israelite religious sect collected at their annual gathering on the land of their leader and prophet, Enoch Mgijima at Ntabalanga; the slaughter takes 10 minutes and costs 190 lives
1922 - Record temperature in Netherlands for May (35.6°C)
1922 - Russian-Italian trade agreement signed
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn" Paavo Nurmi 1926 - Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000 m (8:25.4)
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
1929 - Detroit Tigers beats Chicago White Sox, 6-5, in 21 innings
1930 - 1st woman to fly from England to Australia solo, lands (Amy Johnson)
1930 - Bradman scores 252* Australia v Surrey, 290 mins, 29 fours
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
Cricket Legend Donald Bradman 1934 - Colombia & Peru sign accord about harbor city Leticia
1935 - 1st major league night baseball game, in Cincinnati (Reds 2, Phil 1)
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 - 1st night game at NY's Polo Grounds (Giants 8, Braves 1)
1940 - 1st night game at St Louis Sportsman Park (Indians 3, Browns 2)
1940 - Dutch Queen Wilhelmina speaks on BBC radio
1940 - Dutch army demobilizes
1940 - German tanks reach Atrecht France
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 1940 - Hitler affirms Gen von Rundstedts "Stopbevel"
1940 - NY Giants rip Boston Bees 8-1 in 1st night game at Polo Grounds
1941 - Bismarck sinks British battle cruiser HMS Hood; 1,416 die, 3 survive
1943 - Admiral Donitz stops U-boat in Atlantic Ocean
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
1948 - Benjamin Britten's "Beggar's Opera" premieres in Cambridge
1951 - Racial segregation in Wash DC restaurants ruled illegal
Navy Commander Karl Dönitz 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
1958 - "New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 432 perfs
Cuban President Fidel Castro 1958 - Cuban President Batista opens offensive against Fidel Castro's rebellion
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 - Explorer (12) 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 - Beatles' 3rd appearance on Ed Sullivan Show
LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls 1964 - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open Invitational
1964 - Longest HR (471') in Balt Memorial Stadium (Harmon Killebrew, Minn)
1964 - Panic in Lima Peru soccer stadium, kills 300
1965 - Supreme Court declares federal law allowing post office to intercept communist propaganda is unconstitutional
1966 - "Mame" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1508 performances
1967 - AFL grants a franchise to Cincinnati Bengals
1968 - Haiti closes down shortwave station 4VEH for 40 days
1968 - Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession
French President Charles de Gaulle 1968 - French President Charles de Gaulle proposes referendum & students set fire to Paris bourse
1968 - FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City.
1969 - Beatles' "Get Back" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
1970 - Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
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 - Glasgow Rangers wins 12th Europe Cup II at Barcelona
LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi 1972 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1973 - Earl Jellicoe resigns as Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the Lords.
1974 - Dean Martin Show last airs on NBC-TV
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 - Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn in 5 for heavyweight boxing title in Munich
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 - Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar
1979 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1980 - "Rock Lobster" by B-52s hits #56
1980 - Iran rejects a call to World Court to release US hostages
1980 - Stanley Cup: NY Islanders beat Phila Flyers, 4 games to 2
1981 - Bobby Unser wins, loses, & wins a controversial Indy 500
1981 - Hostage situation ends at Central Bank in Barcelona Spain
1981 - Kathy Hite wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
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
1984 - "Wiz" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 13 performances
1984 - Det Tigers win AL record 17th straight road game
1985 - "View to a Kill" premieres in US
1985 - -25) cyclone hits Bangladesh; about 10,000 die
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher 1986 - Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British PM to visit Israel
1986 - Reginald Huffstetler trod water for 985 hrs
1986 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Calgary Flames, 4 games to 1
1987 - 33rd LPGA Championship won by Jane Geddes
1987 - Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Sr, 47, wins his 4th Indy 500
1988 - John Moschitta set record for fast talking: 586 words per minute
1988 - Porntip Nakhirunkanok, 19, of Thailand, crowned 37th Miss Universe
1988 - Power outage in Boston Garden in NHL's Stanley Cup finals
LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes 1988 - Section 28 is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom (prohibiting promotion of homosexuality). Repealed 2001/2004
1989 - "Indiana Jones & Last Crusade" premieres
1989 - AC Milan wins 34th Europe Cup 1 at Barcelona
1989 - French war criminal Paul Touvier arrested in monastery in Nice
1989 - NHL's NY Rangers fire GM & coach Phil Esposito
1989 - Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack
1989 - NY Yankee hurler Lee Gutterman sets record of pitching 30-2/3 innings before giving up his 1st run of season
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) .
Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic 1990 - Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
1990 - A car carrying American Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney explodes in Oakland, California, critically injuring both.
1992 - Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Jr.wins
1992 - Colleen Walker wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
1992 - Pat Bradley wins J C Penney/LPGA Skins Game Golf Tournament
1992 - Despite trailing 7-1, NY Yanks tie Milwaukee Brewers & then score 1 in 9th to avoid 5th straight extra inning game
1993 - Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia after 30-year civil war
1993 - Kim Basinger files for bankruptcy to avoid paying $7.4M settlement
LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley 1993 - Kurd rebellion kills 33 soldiers & 5 citizens in Turkey
1994 - Poison singer Bret Michaels gets into a car crash
1996 - "Spy Hard" starring Leslie Nielsen is released
1997 - Actor Tim Allen arrested for drunk driving in Mich
1997 - STS 84 (Atlantis 19), lands
1997 - Telstar-5 Proton Launch, Successful
1998 - Indianapolis 500: Eddie Cheever Jr wins in 3:26:40.524 (233.604 km/h)
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.
Actor Tim Allen 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.
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