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1958Cuban President Batista opens offensive against Fidel Castro's rebellion

1992Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Jr.wins

1989NHL's NY Rangers fire GM & coach Phil Esposito

1844Samuel Morse taps out "What hath God wrought" (1st telegraph message)

1968French President Charles de Gaulle proposes referendum & students set fire to Paris bourse

1846General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey in Mexican War

1940Hitler affirms Gen von Rundstedts "Stopbevel"

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

1997Actor Tim Allen arrested for drunk driving in Mich

1775John Hancock is unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress

1986Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British PM to visit Israel

1890Caprivi succeeds Bismarck as chancellor of Germany

1930Bradman scores 252* Australia v Surrey, 290 mins, 29 fours

1943Admiral Donitz stops U-boat in Atlantic Ocean

1964Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open Invitational

1992Pat Bradley wins J C Penney/LPGA Skins Game Golf Tournament

1970Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational

1818General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola Florida

1926Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000 m (8:25.4)

1915Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations

1989Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack

198733rd LPGA Championship won by Jane Geddes

May 24th Historical Events
Date Event
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 
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. 
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) 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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) . 
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 
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. 
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. 
2009
Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:19:34.6427 (241.913 km/h) 
2013
Rafael Correa is sworn into a third term as President of Ecuador 
2014
Real Madrid defeat Atlético Madrid to win the 2014 UEFA Champions League 
2016
Baltimore police officer cleared over Freddie Gray death 
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