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History Events on May 24

Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction.


United Press International
United Press International is formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.


Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo
Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo and five other people are assassinated in a shootout at Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport in Mexico.


1960 Valdivia earthquake
Following the 1960 Valdivia earthquake, the largest ever recorded earthquake, Cordón Caulle begins to erupt.


Samuel Morse
Samuel Morse sends the message "What hath God wrought" (a biblical quotation, Numbers 23:23) from a committee room in the United States Capitol to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore, Maryland, to inaugurate a commercial telegraph line between Baltimore and Washington D.C.


Simón Bolívar
South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador ("The Liberator").


John Wesley
John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day and a church service is generally held on the preceding Sunday.


Jewish Museum of Belgium shooting
At least three people are killed in a shooting at Brussels' Jewish Museum of Belgium.


Fifth Crusade
The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt.


Lambert Simnel
The ten-year-old Lambert Simnel is crowned in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, with the name of Edward VI in a bid to threaten King Henry VII's reign.


American Civil War
American Civil War: Union troops occupy Alexandria, Virginia.


World War I
World War I: Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary, joining the conflict on the side of the Allies.


Magnus III of Sweden
Magnus Ladulås is crowned King of Sweden in Uppsala Cathedral.


Irish Rebellion of 1798
The Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins.


The ethnic cleansing in Kozarac, Bosnia and Herzegovina begins when Serbian militia and police forces enter the town.


Liberation of Khorramshahr
Liberation of Khorramshahr: Iranians recapture of the port city of Khorramshahr from the Iraqis during the Iran-Iraq War.


Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty
Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.


Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson lands in Darwin, Northern Territory, becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia (she left on May 5 for the 11,000 mile flight).


Battle of Pichincha
Battle of Pichincha: Antonio José de Sucre secures the independence of the Presidency of Quito.


1993 World Trade Center bombing
Four men convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in New York in 1993 are each sentenced to 240 years in prison.


Soviet Union
Acting on the orders of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, NKVD agent Iosif Grigulevich orchestrates an unsuccessful assassination attempt on exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky in Coyoacán, Mexico.


Judgment of Paris (wine)
The Judgment of Paris takes place in France, launching California as a worldwide force in the production of quality wine.


Peter Minuit
Peter Minuit buys Manhattan.


Nomenclator (nomenclature)
Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.


John Brown (abolitionist)
John Brown and his men kill five slavery supporters at Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas.


1948 Arab-Israeli War
Arab-Israeli War: Egypt captures the Israeli kibbutz of Yad Mordechai, but the five-day effort gives Israeli forces time to prepare enough to stop the Egyptian advance a week later.


Mary Had a Little Lamb
"Mary Had a Little Lamb" by Sarah Josepha Hale is published.


Egypt imposes a blockade and siege of the Red Sea coast of Israel.


Ashmolean Museum
The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, opens as the world's first university museum.


Under pressure over her handling of Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May announces her resignation as Leader of the Conservative Party, effective as of June 7. She will remain as Prime Minister until a new Tory leader is selected in late July 2019.


Second Boer War
Second Boer War: The United Kingdom annexes the Orange Free State.


Protestant Union
The Protestant Union is formally dissolved.


Parliament of England
The English Parliament passes the Act of Toleration protecting dissenting Protestants but excluding Roman Catholics.


Jamestown, Virginia
100 English settlers disembark in Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in America.


Project Mercury
Project Mercury: American astronaut Scott Carpenter orbits the Earth three times in the Aurora 7 space capsule.


World War II
World War II: In the Battle of the Atlantic, the German Battleship Bismarck sinks then-pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood, killing all but three crewmen.


Israel conducts Operation Solomon, evacuating Ethiopian Jews to Israel.


Igor Sikorsky
Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.


The last Thai dictator, General Suchinda Kraprayoon, resigns following pro-democracy protests.


International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Slobodan Miloševi? and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.


Jaime Roldós Aguilera
Ecuadorian president Jaime Roldós Aguilera, his wife, and his presidential committee die in an aircraft accident while travelling from Quito to Zapotillo minutes after the president gave a famous speech regarding the 24 de mayo anniversary of the Battle of Pichincha.


The nobles of Franconia and Saxony elect Henry the Fowler at the Imperial Diet in Fritzlar as king of the East Frankish Kingdom.


2014 Aegean Sea earthquake
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurs in the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey, injuring 324 people.


19 students died in a fire in Surat (India).
Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.
Section 28 of the United Kingdom's Local Government Act 1988, a controversial amendment stating that a local authority cannot intentionally promote homosexuality, is enacted.
American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi, for "disturbing the peace" after disembarking from their bus.
The first Eurovision Song Contest is held in Lugano, Switzerland.
The first night game in Major League Baseball history is played in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Cincinnati Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 at Crosley Field.
The First Kingdom of Greece is declared in the London Conference.
The French Royal Army crosses the border into the Spanish Netherlands, starting the War of Devolution opposing France to the Spanish Empire and the Triple Alliance.
Erik XIV of Sweden and his guards murder five incarcerated Swedish nobles.