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May 24 Historical Events

The following events took place on May 24. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 59 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 1218
    The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt.
  • 1276
    Magnus Ladulås is crowned King of Sweden in Uppsala Cathedral.
  • 1487
    The ten-year-old Lambert Simnel is crowned in Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, with the name of Edward VI in a bid to threaten King Henry VII’s reign.
  • 1595
    Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.
  • 1607
    One hundred English settlers disembark in Jamestown, the first English colony in America.
  • 1621
    The Protestant Union is formally dissolved.
  • 1626
    Peter Minuit buys Manhattan.
  • 1667
    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.
  • 1689
    The English Parliament passes the Act of Toleration protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics are intentionally excluded.
  • 1738
    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.
  • 1798
    The Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins.
  • 1813
    South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador (“The Liberator”).
  • 1822
    Battle of Pichincha: Antonio José de Sucre secures the independence of the Presidency of Quito.
  • 1830
    “Mary Had a Little Lamb” by Sarah Josepha Hale is published.
  • 1830
    The first revenue trains in the United States begin service on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between Baltimore, and Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland.
  • 1832
    The First Kingdom of Greece is declared in the London Conference.
  • 1844
    Samuel Morse sends the message “What hath God wrought” (a biblical quotation, Numbers 23:23) from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the United States Capitol to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore, Maryland, to inaugurate the first telegraph line.
  • 1856
    John Brown and his men kill five slavery supporters at Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Union troops occupy Alexandria, Virginia.
  • 1883
    The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction.
  • 1895
    Henry Irving becomes the first person from the theatre to be knighted.
  • 1900
    Second Boer War: The United Kingdom annexes the Orange Free State.
  • 1915
    World War I: Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary, joining the conflict on the side of the Allies.
  • 1921
    The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti opens.
  • 1930
    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).
  • 1935
    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.
  • 1939
    First issue of Fashizmi is published in Tirana.
  • 1940
    Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.
  • 1940
    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.
  • 1941
    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.

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