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

  • 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.
  • 1798
    The Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins.
  • 1830
    Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale is published.
  • 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.
  • 1846
    Mexican-American War: General Zachary Taylor captures Monterrey.
  • 1941
    World War II: In the Battle of the Atlantic, the German Battleship Bismarck sinks the then pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood, killing all but three crewmen.
  • 1956
    The first Eurovision Song Contest is held in Lugano, Switzerland
  • 1961
    American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for “disturbing the peace” after disembarking from their bus.
  • 1961
    Cyprus joins the Council of Europe.
  • 1970
    The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union.
  • 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.
  • 1981
    Ecuadorian president Jaime Roldós Aguilera, his wife and his presidential committee died in an aircraft accident while travelling from Quito to Zapotillo minutes after the president famous speech regarding the 24 de mayo anniversary of the Battle of Pichincha.
  • 1982
    Liberation of Khorramshahr: Iranians recapture of the port city of Khorramshahr from the Iraqis during the Iran–Iraq War.
  • 1990
    A car carrying American Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney explodes in Oakland, California, critically injuring both.
  • 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.
  • 2000
    Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.
  • 2001
    The Versailles wedding hall disaster in Jerusalem, Israel, kills 23 and injures over 200

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