About May 24

May 24, 2020 is the 145th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 221 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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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 264 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.
  • 1626
    Peter Minuit buys Manhattan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1901
    Seventy-eight miners die in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales.
  • 1915
    World War I: Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary.
  • 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).
  • 1958
    United Press International is formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
  • 1960
    Following the 1960 Valdivia earthquake, the largest ever recorded earthquake, Cordón Caulle begins to erupt.
  • 1961
    American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for “disturbing the peace” after disembarking from their bus.
  • 1962
    Project Mercury: American astronaut Scott Carpenter orbits the Earth three times in the Aurora 7 space capsule.
  • 1968
    FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City.
  • 1970
    The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union.
  • 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.
  • 1994
    Four men convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in New York in 1993 are each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
  • 2001
    Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.
  • 2004
    Communications in North Korea: North Korea bans mobile phones.

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