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Interesting Facts about May 24th

Updated on March 27, 2012

May 24th facts, events and pictures

The purpose of this lens is to share as many of the interesting facts and figures relating to May 24th.

I have added some of what I believe to be the more interesting facts. I will continue to add more as I find them or as they happen.

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Horoscopes

Geminis born May 24 have a strong intellect and rock-hard opinions, despite the pleasant face they turn to the world. They are ably suited to handle the stresses and strains of life, even though they may appear to be emotionally fragile. Although they always manage to get their way, it's rare for them to be demanding, loud, or argumentative.

Source .Jill M. Phillips

Historical Events

1626: Peter Minuit buys Manhattan.from Native Americans. He paid 60 guilders, which in todays money is approximately $24 .

1738: John Wesley establishes The Methodist Church.

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

1883: The Brooklyn Bridge over the East River is opened. Nearly It took almost 14 years to construction and cost $16 million.The steel suspension bridge has a span of 1,595 feet.

1884: Samuel F. B. Morse sends the message "What hath God wrought" (a Bible quotation, Numbers 23:23) from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the United States Capitol to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore, Maryland.

In the Gregorian calendar May 24th is the 144th day of the year(145 in leap years)

1935: Cincinnati Reds beat Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 in the first night game in Major League Baseball history

1941: In the Battle of the Atlantic, the German Battleship Bismarck sinks the then pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood, 1,418 crew are killed only three crewmen survive ( right picture)

1956: The first Eurovision Song Contest is held in Switzerland. The contest is Switzerlands Lys Assia singing a song called "Refrain"

1958: The President of France, Charles de Gaulle, issues an ultimatum to striking students and workers. Back me or sack me'. Gaulle's party won a huge majority in the June election

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In Bulgaria it is Education and Culture and Slavonic Literature Day

1991: Israel begans Operation Solomon, evacuating 14,325 Ethiopian Jews to Israel.( right picture )

1994: The four men convicted of detonating a car bomb under the north tower of New York's World Trade Center were each sentenced to 240 years in prison. Six people were killed and injured 1,042 in the attack.

2001: After 22 years of occupation.Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon

2001: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.

2001: At least 20 people are killed and hundreds are injured at a wedding party in Jerusalem when a building collapses.

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Today is Independence Day of Eritrea

Born on this day

1816 Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze Born in Germany he came to america with his parents when he was nine years old, Best-known for his painting his painting Washington Crossing the Delaware.

1938 Tommy Chong Canadian-born actor and comedian. He is best known for his involvement in the marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy movies. Cheech Marin, was "closer than a wife. The only thing we didn't do was have sex.

1941 Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) American singer and songwriter. His music career spans over 5 decades. His songs "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" became anthems for the civil rights and anti-war movements in the 60s

1960 Kristin Scott Thomas English actress. Gained international stardom as the doomed lover in 1996 film The English Patient. earning a Best Actress Oscar nomination. She was awarded the French Legion of Honor in 2005

1966 Eric Cantona French footballer and actor Highlights of his football were at Manchester United where he won four Premier League titles in five years, including two League and FA Cup Doubles. After retirement from football, he became a sucessfull actor.

Deaths

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1974 Duke Ellington, blues singer and composter. Considered one of the great figures in American jazz1995  Harold Wilson, English politician. Two-time Prime Minister of Britain (1964-70, 74-76)2008 – Dick Martin, American. Best known for his role as the cohost of the sketch comedy program Rowan &amp; Martin's Laugh-In1991  Gene Clark, American singer and songwriter, vocalist with the Byrds1879 William Lloyd Garrison American anti-slavery leader and editor of the Liberator
1974 Duke Ellington, blues singer and composter. Considered one of the great figures in American jazz
1974 Duke Ellington, blues singer and composter. Considered one of the great figures in American jazz
1995  Harold Wilson, English politician. Two-time Prime Minister of Britain (1964-70, 74-76)
1995 Harold Wilson, English politician. Two-time Prime Minister of Britain (1964-70, 74-76)
2008 – Dick Martin, American. Best known for his role as the cohost of the sketch comedy program Rowan &amp; Martin's Laugh-In
2008 – Dick Martin, American. Best known for his role as the cohost of the sketch comedy program Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
1991  Gene Clark, American singer and songwriter, vocalist with the Byrds
1991 Gene Clark, American singer and songwriter, vocalist with the Byrds
1879 William Lloyd Garrison American anti-slavery leader and editor of the Liberator
1879 William Lloyd Garrison American anti-slavery leader and editor of the Liberator

Today is Commonwealth Day in Belize

Feast Days

The calendar of saints is a traditional Christian method of organizing a liturgical year by associating each day with one or more saints and referring to the day as that saint's feast day. Today is feast day for the following saints:

St. Joanna

St. Jessica

St. Afra

St. Vincent of Porto

St. Zoellus

St. David I

St. Donatian & Rogatian

St. Gerard de Lunel

St. John del Prado

St. Manaen

St. Robustian

St. Nicetas of Pereaslav

St. Meletius

St. Patrick

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It's my birthday!!