May 24 Events in History - May 24 Birthdays - May 24 Deaths
2015 Nobel prize winning mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr., 86, and his wife Alicia, 82, die after an accident in New Jersey in which their taxi lost control
2014 Reality star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West are married in Florence, Italy, about 7 months after the birth of their daughter, North West; the celebrities have been together since early 2012
2014 South African President Jacob Zuma is sworn into office for his second 5-year term
2013 Rafael Correa wins an unprecedented third term as President of Ecuador
2013 London's Metropolitan police remove belongings and sleeping bags of homeless people as part of 'a policy of reducing the impact of rough sleepers on the community'
2012 During the first three months of 2012, revised figures show that the U.K. economy shrunk by 0.3%
2012 According to the U.S. Hurricane Center, Hurricane Bud has formed off of the Pacific Ocean's coast of Mexico, and has reached category two strength
2011 The Tokyo Electric Power Company claims three Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant reactors partially melted down during the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami
2011 On his visit to the United Kingdom, U.S. President Barack Obama meets Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh
2010 After South Korea's ROKS Cheonan ship is sunk by North Korea, South Korea cuts off trade with North Korea and announces North Korean ships will no longer be allowed to use South Korean waters
1998 Indianapolis 500 race
1997 STS-84 (Atlantis 19), lands
1997 Telstar-5 Proton Launch, Successful
1996 "Spy Hard," starring Leslie Nielsen is released
1994 Poison singer Bret Michaels gets into a car crash
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 and 5 citizens in Turkey
1992 Al Unser, Jr. wins Indy 500
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, New York Yankees tie Milwaukee Brewers and then score 1 in 9th to avoid 5th straight extra inning game
1990 Andre Dawson receives a record 5 intentional walks in a game
1990 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
1989 "Indiana Jones and Last Crusade" premieres
1989 A. C. Milan wins 34th Europe Cup 1 at Barcelona
1989 French war criminal Paul Touvier arrested in monastery in Nice
1989 NHL's New York Rangers fire General Manager and coach Phil Esposito
1989 Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack
1989 New York Yankee hurler Lee Gutterman sets record of pitching 30-2/3 innings before giving up his 1st run of season
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
1987 33rd LPGA Championship won by Jane Geddes
1987 Al Unser, Sr., 47, wins his 4th Indy 500
1986 Country Singer Garth Brooks marries Sandy
1986 Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British Prime Minister to visit Israel
1986 Reginald Huffstetler trode water for 985 hours
1986 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Calgary Flames, 4 games to 1
1985 "View to a Kill" premieres in US
1984 "Wiz" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City for 13 performances
1984 Detroit Tigers win AL record 17th straight road game
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
1981 Hostage situation ends at Central Bank in Barcelona Spain
1981 Kathy Hite wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
1980 "Rock Lobster" by B-52's hits #56
1980 Iran rejects a call to World Court to release U.S. hostages
1980 Stanley Cup: New York Islanders beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2
1979 Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar
1979 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1978 Dutch Investment bill (WIR) law goes into effect
1977 U.S.S.R. President Podgorny resigns
1976 1st commercial SST flight to North America (Concorde to Washington D.C.)
1976 Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1975 Dutch Government of De Uyl decides to obtain an F-16
1974 Dean Martin Show, last airs on NBC-TV
1972 Glasgow Rangers wins 12th Europe Cup II at Barcelona
1972 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 A commuter bus plunges into Panama Canal, killing 38 of 43 aboard
1970 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
1970 Peter Queen quits Fleetwood Mac to join a religious cult
1969 Beatles' "Get Back," single goes #1 and stays #1 for 5 weeks
1968 Haiti closes down shortwave station 4VEH for 40 days
1968 Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession
1968 President De Gaulle proposes referendum and students set fire to Paris bourse
1967 AFL grants a franchise to Cincinnati Bengals
1966 "Mame" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 1508 performances
1965 Supreme Court declares federal law allowing post office to intercept communist propaganda is unconstitutional
1964 18th Tony Awards: Luther and Hello Dolly win
1964 Beatles' 3rd appearance on Ed Sullivan
1964 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open Invitational
1964 Longest home run (471') in Baltimore Memorial Stadium (Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota)
1964 Panic in Lima Peru soccer stadium, kills 300
1963 1st Lockheed A-12 to crash, CIA pilot Ken Collins ejects safely
1962 M. Scott Carpenter aboard Aurora 7 launched into Earth orbit
1961 27 Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Mississippi
1961 Explorer (12) fails to reach Earth orbit
1960 1 millionth Dutch telephone installed
1959 1st house with built-in bomb shelter exhibited in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania
1959 Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in England
1958 "New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 432 performances
1958 President Batista opens offensive against Fidel Castro's rebellion
1958 UP and International News Service merge into United Press International
1957 Anti American riots breakout in Taipei, Taiwan
1957 Heavy earthquake strikes Colombia
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
1953 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Doctor Mellifluus
1951 Racial segregation in Washington D.C. restaurants ruled illegal
1951 U.S. performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
1951 Willie Mays begins playing for New York Giants
1948 Benjamin Brittens "Beggar's Opera," premieres in Cambridge
1946 Bill Dickey replaces Joe McCarthy as Yankee manager
1944 Enver Hoxha becomes head of Albania anti fascists
1944 Icelandic voters severe all ties with Denmark
1943 Admiral Donitz stops U-boat in Atlantic Ocean
1943 U-441 shoots Sunderland seaplane down over Gulf of Biskaje
1941 Bismarck sinks British battle cruiser HMS Hood, 1,416 die 3 survive
1940 1st night game at New York'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 General von Rundstedts "Stopbevel"
1940 New York Giants rip Boston Bees 8-1 in 1st night game at Polo Grounds
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, Yankees beat A's 25-2
1935 1st major league night baseball game, in Cincinnati (Reds 2, Phil 1)
1935 Swedish princess Ingrid marries Danish crown prince Frederik (IX)
1934 Colombia and Peru sign accord about harbor city Leticia
1933 Dmitri Shostakovich's Preludes, premieres in Moscow
1931 1st air-conditioned train installed-B&O Railroad
1930 1st woman to fly from England to Australia solo, lands (Amy Johnson)
1930 Bradman scores 252* Australia vs. Surrey, 290 minutes, 29 fours
1930 Ruth homers in both games of a doubleheader, giving him 9 in one week
1929 Detroit Tigers beats Chicago White Sox, 6-5, in 21 innings
1928 Record 12 future Hall of Famers take the field, as Yankees beat A's 9-7
1928 Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole again
1926 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000 m (8:25.4)
1922 Record temperature in Netherlands for May (35.6 degrees C)
1922 Russian-Italian trade agreement signed
1921 1st parliament for Northern Ireland elected
1921 British Legion forms
1918 Cleveland beats Yankees 3-2 in 19 inning
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 U.S. pilot William Thaw shoots down a German Fokker
1915 Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary
1915 Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations
1909 Bristol University granted Royal Charter
1908 Belgium Catholic socialist/liberal parliamentary election
1908 John Masefields "Tragedy of Nan," premieres in London
1905 39th Belmont: Eugene Hildebrand aboard Tanya wins in 2:08
1902 Empire Day 1st celebrated in Britain
1902 Cleveland's Bill Bradley is 1st ALer to hit a home run run in 4 consecutive games, not duplicated until Babe Ruth does it June 25, 1918
1900 34th Belmont: Nash Turner aboard Ildrim wins in 2:21
1900 Britain annexes Orange Free State
1899 1st auto repair shop opens (Boston)
1895 Henry Irving becomes 1st theatrical knight
1890 Caprivi succeeds Bismarck on as chancellor of Germany
1890 Geo Train and Sam Wall circle world in record 67 days, Tacoma-Tacoma
1890 Tivoli Theater of Varities opens in London
1887 Sultan Bargash of Zanzibar grants E Afr Association at East African harbors
1884 Anti-Monopoly party and Greenback Party forms People's Party in US
1883 Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur and Governor Cleveland
1881 Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sinks near London Ontario, 200 die
1879 7th Preakness: L Hughes aboard Harold wins in 2:40
1878 CA Parker (Harvard) wins 1st American bike race, Beacon Park Boston
1877 5th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Cloverbrook wins in 2:45
1873 Leo Delibes' opera "Le Roi l'a Dit," premieres in Paris
1870 Memoria of Jackson Kemper, 1st Missionary Bishop in US
1866 Berkeley, California named (for George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne)
1862 Beardslee field telegraph used for 1st time
1862 Westminster Bridge across Thames opens
1861 Alexandria, Virginia occupied by Federal troops
1861 Major General Benjamin Butler declares slaves "contraband of war"
1856 Pottawatomie Massacre took place in Kansas
1854 Anthony Burns, slave, arrested by U.S. Deputy marshals in Boston
1854 Lincoln University, Penn, 1st Black college in U.S. forms by Prebyts
1846 General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey in Mexican War
1844 Samuel FB Morse taps out "What hath God wrought" (1st telegraph msg)
1830 "Mary Had A Little Lamb," is written
1830 1st passenger rail service in U.S. (Baltimore and Elliots Mill, Maryland)
1829 Pope Pius VIII issues his program for pontificate
1824 Pope Leo XII proclaims a universal jubilee
1822 Battle of Pichincha, Bolivar secures independence of Quito from Spain
1818 General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola Florida
1815 George Evans discovers Lachlan River, Australia
1809 Dartmoor Prison opens to house French prisoners of war
1738 Methodist Church forms
1726 People's revolt due to increase in gin/brandy tax
1697 English king Willem III travels through northern Europe
1689 English Parliament guarantees freedom of religion for Protestants
1667 French troops attack into Southern Netherlands
1660 English king Charles II visits Netherlands
1658 Battle of Dunes (Spanish-French War) fought
1653 German Parliament selects Ferdinand II king of Austria
1626 Peter Minuet buys Manhattan from Indians for trinkets, valued at $24
1487 Imposter Lambert Simnel ceremony crowned as King Edward VI of Dublin
1370 Hanzesteden signs peace treaty with Danish king Waldemar IV
1300 King Philip IV occupies Flanders, Earl Gwijde captured
1153 Malcolm IV becomes king of Scotland
1086 Abbott Dauferio/Desiderius becomes Pope Victor III