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1660English king Charles II visits Netherlands

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

1775John Hancock is unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress

1818General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola Florida

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

1846General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey in Mexican War

1890Caprivi succeeds Bismarck as chancellor of Germany

1915Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations

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

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

1940Hitler affirms Gen von Rundstedts "Stopbevel"

1943Admiral Donitz stops U-boat in Atlantic Ocean

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

1964Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open Invitational

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

1970Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational

1986Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British PM to visit Israel

198733rd LPGA Championship won by Jane Geddes

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

1989Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack

1992Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Jr.wins

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

On This Day In History
Date Event
May 24, 1086
Abbott Dauferio/Desiderius becomes Pope Victor III 
May 24, 1153
Malcolm IV becomes King of Scots 
May 24, 1218
The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt. 
May 24, 1276
Magnus Ladulås is crowned King of Sweden in Uppsala Cathedral. 
May 24, 1300
King Philip IV occupies Flanders, Earl Gwijde captured 
May 24, 1370
Hanzesteden signs peace treaty with Danish king Waldemar IV 
May 24, 1487
Imposter Lambert Simnel ceremony crowned as King Edward VI of Dublin 
May 24, 1595
Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library. 
May 24, 1621
The Protestant Union is formally dissolved. 
May 24, 1653
German Parliament selects Ferdinand II king of Austria 
May 24, 1658
Battle of Dunes (Spanish-French War) fought 
May 24, 1660
English king Charles II visits Netherlands 
May 24, 1667
French troops attack into Southern Netherlands 
May 24, 1689
English Parliament guarantees freedom of religion for Protestants 
May 24, 1697
English King William III travels through northern Europe 
May 24, 1726
-26] People's revolt due to increase in gin/brandy tax 
May 24, 1738
John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day. 
May 24, 1775
John Hancock is unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress 
May 24, 1798
Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins. 
May 24, 1809
Dartmoor Prison opens to house French prisoners of war 
May 24, 1815
George Evans discovers Lachlan River, Australia 
May 24, 1818
General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola Florida 
May 24, 1822
Battle of Pichincha, Bolívar secures independence of Quito from Spain 
May 24, 1824
Pope Leo XII proclaims a universal jubilee 
May 24, 1829
Pope Pius VIII issues his program for pontificate 
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