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Today In History

Here is what happened
on Thursday - May 24th...

History,  n.  One darn thing after another.

      Famous People Born On This Day In History...

1686Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, invented the thermometer.
      Today, this person is/would be 332 years old.
1819Queen Victoria of England (ruled 1837-1901).
      Today, this person is/would be 199 years old.
1941Robert Zimmerman, aka Bob Dylan, 1960s singer(?), poet, songwriter, in Hibbing, Minnesota.
      Today, this person is/would be 77 years old.
1955Roanne Cash, singer, songwriter. Daughter of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.
      Today, this person is/would be 63 years old.
1960Kristen Scott Thomas, actress.
      Today, this person is/would be 58 years old.
1988Billy Gilman, country singer.
      Today, this person is/would be 30 years old.

      Events On This Day In History...

1153Malcolm IV becomes King of Scotland.
1218The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt.
1276Magnus Ladulås crowned King of Sweden in Uppsala Cathedral.
1487Imposter Lambert Simnel is crowned as "King Edward VI" at Dublin.
1595Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.
1621Protestant Union formally dissolved.
1626Peter Minuit buys Manhattan.
1689The English Parliament passes the Act of Toleration protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics are intentionally excluded.
1738John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.
1787The United States Constitutional Convention is convened after a quorum of delegates arrives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1798Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins.
1822Battle of Pichincha: Antonio José de Sucre secures the independence of the Presidency of Quito.
1830The children’s poem, Mary Had A Little Lamb, by Sarah Hale is published.
1832The First Kingdom of Greece is declared in the London Conference.
1844Samuel F. B. Morse sends the message "What hath God wrought" (a Bible quotation, Numbers 23:23) from the Supreme Court room in Washington, D.C. to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore, Maryland. God did not send a reply telegram.
1846Mexican-American War: General Zachary Taylor captures Monterrey.
1856John Brown and his men murder five slavery supporters at Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas.
1866Berkeley, California is named (for George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne).
1881Turkey cedes Thessaly and Arta back to Greece.
1883After 14 years of construction, the Brooklyn Bridge is opened by US President Arthur & Governor Cleveland. It has been sold several times since.
1892Sir Alexander Campbell, one of the fathers of Canadian confederation, dies in Toronto at age 70.
1893The Niagara Falls Park and River Railway opens in Ontario.
1895Henry Irving becomes the first personage from the theatre to be knighted. Today, British theatrical luminaries are routinely K’d.
1899The first public parking garage in the United States is opened in Boston, Massachusetts.
1900Second Boer War: The United Kingdom annexes the Orange Free State.
1915World War I: Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary.
1921The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti opens.
1929The Cocoanuts, the first film to star the Marx Brothers, opens.
1930Amy Johnson lands in Darwin, Northern Territory, becoming the first woman to fly from England to Australia. She left on May 5 for the 11,000 mile flight.
1935Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio, hosts major-league baseball’s first night game ever as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1.
1940Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.
1941World War II: In the North Atlantic, the German Battleship Bismarck sinks the HMS Hood killing all but three crewmen on what was the pride of the Royal Navy.
1943Holocaust: Josef Mengele becomes chief medical officer in Auschwitz concentration camp.
1949The Soviet Union ends the 11-month Berlin Blockade.
1956The first Eurovision Song Contest is held in Lugano, Switzerland and is won by the host nation.
1956Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha’s Parinibba-na.
1958United Press International is formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service. Today UPI is owned by News World Communications, Inc., a subsidiary of the Unification Church run by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
1961American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for "disturbing the peace" after disembarking from their bus.
1961Cyprus enters the Council of Europe.
1968Students set fire to the Paris bourse.
1968FLQ separatists bomb the US consulate in Quebec City.
1970The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the USSR
1973Earl Jellicoe resigns as Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the Lords.
1976London to Washington, DC Concorde supersonic air passenger service begins.
1981First International Women’s Day for Disarmament.
1989Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper, is awarded a six-figure sum in damages after winning a libel action against Private Eye.
1991Israel conducts Operation Solomon, evacuating Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
1992The last Thai dictator, General Suchinda Kraprayoon, resigns following pro-democracy protests.
1993Eritrea gains its independence from Ethiopia.
1999Venezuela enters the Antarctic Treaty System.
2000Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.
2001Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.
2002Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty. Both sides agreed to limit their nuclear arsenal to 1700–2200 operationally deployed warheads each. The treaty expires December 31, 2012.

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