About May 24

May 24, 2021 is the 144th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 221 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Gemini is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 253 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 24

  • 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.
  • 1621
    The Protestant Union is formally dissolved.
  • 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.
  • 1846
    Mexican-American War: General Zachary Taylor captures Monterrey.
  • 1856
    John Brown and his men kill five slavery supporters at Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas.
  • 1921
    The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti opens.
  • 1940
    Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.
  • 1943
    Holocaust: Josef Mengele becomes chief medical officer of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
  • 1948
    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.
  • 1956
    Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha’s Parinibbāna.
  • 1958
    United Press International is formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
  • 1967
    Egypt imposes a blockade and siege of the Red Sea coast of Israel.
  • 1970
    The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union.
  • 1973
    Earl Jellicoe resigns as Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords.
  • 1976
    The London to Washington, D.C. Concorde service begins.
  • 1980
    The 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.
  • 1989
    Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, is awarded £600,000 in damages (later reduced to £60,000 on appeal) after winning a libel action against Private Eye.
  • 1991
    Israel conducts Operation Solomon, evacuating Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
  • 1994
    Four men convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in New York in 1993 are each sentenced to 240 years in prison.

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