What happened this day in history May 24

What are the important events that happened on May 24? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 24 is the 144th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 221 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 11, 2023 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,684,886,400 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectatetracontatetragon’ day.

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Gemini is the zodiac 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 262 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,806 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 24 Historical Events

  • 1276
    Magnus Ladulås is crowned King of Sweden in Uppsala Cathedral.
  • 1830
    The first revenue trains in the United States begin service on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between Baltimore, Maryland and Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1968
    FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2004
    Communications in North Korea: North Korea bans mobile phones.

Who were born on May 24?

  • 1830
    Alexei Savrasov, Russian painter (d. 1897)
  • 1885
    Susan Sutherland Isaacs, English educational psychologist (d. 1948)
  • 1911
    Barbara West, English survivor of the Titanic sinking (d. 2007)
  • 1938
    Tommy Chong, Canadian-born actor and comedian
  • 1949
    Tomaž Pisanski, Slovenian mathematician
  • 1968
    Mo Willems, American author and screenwriter
  • 1971
    Kris Draper, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings)
  • 1974
    Masahide Kobayashi, Japanese baseball player
  • 1979
    Frank Mir, American UFC fighter
  • 1989
    Andrew Jordan, British racing driver

Who died on May 24?

  • 1632
    Robert Hues, English mathematician and geographer (b. 1553)
  • 1734
    Georg Ernst Stahl, German physician and chemist (b. 1660)
  • 1843
    Sylvestre François Lacroix, French mathematician (b. 1765)
  • 1941
    Lancelot Holland, British admiral (b. 1887)
  • 2000
    Kurt Schork, American reporter (b. 1947)
  • 2008
    Dick Martin, American comedian (b. 1922)
  • 2008
    Rob Knox, British actor (b. 1989)
  • 2010
    Ray Alan, English ventriloquist & television entertainer (b. 1930)
  • 2010
    Tapen Chatterjee, Bengali actor from India (b. 1937)
  • 2011
    Huguette Clark, Heiress of the Clark Copper fortune, life-long reclusion from society (b. 1906)

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