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May 24th, 2008 (May 24 2008)EventEmperor s Cup of SumoFirst European to win itKaloyan Mahlyanov
May 24th, 2008 (May 24 2008)EventNew Bengaluru International Airport opens in Bangalore, India. It replaced the old HAL Bangalore International Airport.
May 24th, 2004 (May 24 2004)EventCommunications in North Korea: North Korea bans mobile phones.
May 24th, 2002 (May 24 2002)EventRussia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.
May 24th, 2001 (May 24 2001)EventMountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.
May 24th, 2001 (May 24 2001)EventThe Versailles wedding hall disaster in Jerusalem, Israel, kills 23 and injures over 200 in Israel s worst-ever civil disaster.
May 24th, 2001 (May 24 2001)EventThe 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.
May 24th, 2000 (May 24 2000)EventIsraeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.
May 24th, 1999 (May 24 1999)EventVenezuela enters the Antarctic Treaty System.
May 24th, 1994 (May 24 1994)EventFour men convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in 1993 are each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
May 24th, 1993 (May 24 1993)EventEritrea gains its independence from Ethiopia.
May 24th, 1992 (May 24 1992)EventThe last Thai dictator, General Suchinda Kraprayoon, resigns following pro-democracy protests.Gene Ray Quotes
May 24th, 1991 (May 24 1991)EventIsrael conducts Operation Solomon, evacuating Ethiopian Jews to Israel. Solomon Quotes
May 24th, 1990 (May 24 1990)EventA car carrying American Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney explodes in Oakland, California, critically injuring both.
May 24th, 1989 (May 24 1989)EventSonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper, is awarded a six-figure sum in damages after winning a libel action against Private Eye.
May 24th, 1988 (May 24 1988)EventSection 28 is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom.
May 24th, 1982 (May 24 1982)EventLiberation of Khorramshahr, Iranians recapture of the port city of Khorramshahr from the Iraqis during the Iran-Iraq War.
May 24th, 1980 (May 24 1980)EventThe International Court of Justice calls for the release of United States embassy hostages in Tehran, Iran. The hostages would not be freed until the following January.
May 24th, 1976 (May 24 1976)EventThe London to Washington, D.C. Concorde service begins.
May 24th, 1973 (May 24 1973)EventEarl Jellicoe resigns as Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the Lords.
May 24th, 1970 (May 24 1970)EventThe drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union.
May 24th, 1968 (May 24 1968)EventFLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City.
May 24th, 1962 (May 24 1962)EventProject Mercury: American astronaut Scott Carpenter orbits the Earth three times in the Aurora 7 space capsule.
May 24th, 1961 (May 24 1961)EventAmerican civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for "disturbing the peace" after disembarking from their bus.
May 24th, 1961 (May 24 1961)EventCyprus enters the Council of Europe.
May 24th, 1958 (May 24 1958)EventUnited Press International is formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
May 24th, 1956 (May 24 1956)EventConclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha s Parinibbana.
May 24th, 1949 (May 24 1949)EventThe Soviet Union ends the 11-month Berlin Blockade.
May 24th, 1943 (May 24 1943)EventHolocaust: Josef Mengele becomes chief medical officer of the Auschwitz concentration camp.Josef Mengele Quotes
May 24th, 1941 (May 24 1941)EventWorld 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.
May 24th, 1940 (May 24 1940)EventIgor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.
May 24th, 1930 (May 24 1930)EventAmy 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).
May 24th, 1921 (May 24 1921)EventThe trial of Sacco and Vanzetti opens.
May 24th, 1915 (May 24 1915)EventWorld War I: Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary.
May 24th, 1901 (May 24 1901)EventSeventy-eight miners die in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales.
May 24th, 1900 (May 24 1900)EventSecond Boer War: The United Kingdom annexes the Orange Free State.
May 24th, 1895 (May 24 1895)EventHenry Irving becomes the first personage from the theatre to be knighted.
May 24th, 1883 (May 24 1883)EventThe Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction.
May 24th, 1881 (May 24 1881)EventTurkey cedes Thessaly and Arta back to Greece.
May 24th, 1861 (May 24 1861)EventAmerican Civil War: Union troops occupy Alexandria, Virginia.
May 24th, 1856 (May 24 1856)EventJohn Brown and his men murder five slavery supporters at Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas.
May 24th, 1846 (May 24 1846)EventMexican-American War: General Zachary Taylor captures Monterrey.Zachary Taylor Quotes
May 24th, 1844 (May 24 1844)EventSamuel 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.
May 24th, 1832 (May 24 1832)EventThe First Kingdom of Greece is declared in the London Conference.
May 24th, 1830 (May 24 1830)Event"Mary Had a Little Lamb" by Sarah Josepha Hale is published.
May 24th, 1830 (May 24 1830)EventThe first revenue trains in the United States begin service on the Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road between Baltimore, Maryland and Ellicott s Mills, Maryland.
May 24th, 1822 (May 24 1822)EventBattle of Pichincha: Antonio Jose de Sucre secures the independence of the Presidency of Quito.
May 24th, 1798 (May 24 1798)EventIrish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins.
May 24th, 1738 (May 24 1738)EventJohn Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.John Wesley Quotes
May 24th, 1689 (May 24 1689)EventThe English Parliament passes the Act of Toleration protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics are intentionally excluded.
May 24th, 1626 (May 24 1626)EventPeter Minuit buys Manhattan.
May 24th, 1621 (May 24 1621)EventThe Protestant Union is formally dissolved.
May 24th, 1595 (May 24 1595)EventNomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.
May 24th, 1487 (May 24 1487)EventLambert Simnel is crowned as "King Edward VI" at Dublin, Ireland.
May 24th, 1276 (May 24 1276)EventMagnus Ladulas is crowned King of Sweden in Uppsala Cathedral.
May 24th, 1218 (May 24 1218)EventThe Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt.

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