Sunday, May 31, 2020 (Week 23)

May 24 in History

What happened on May 24 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on may 24 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on may 24 in history.

1961
Civil rights activists are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi.
1951
Willie Mays begins playing for the New York Giants.
1941
The British battleship Hood is sunk by the German battleship Bismarck. There are only three survivors.
1930
Amy Johnson becomes the first woman to fly from England to Australia.
1878
The first American bicycle race is held in Boston.
1863
Bushwackers led by Captain William Marchbanks attack a Federal militia party in Nevada, Missouri.
1861
General Benjamin Butler declares slaves to be the contraband of war.
1846
General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey.
1844
Samuel Morse taps out the first telegraph message.
1798
Believing that a French invasion of Ireland is imminent, Irish nationalists rise up against the British occupation.
1764
Boston lawyer James Otis denounces “taxation without representation,” calling for the colonies to unite in opposition to Britain’s new tax measures.
1738
The Methodist Church is established.
1689
The English Parliament passes the Act of Toleration, protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics are specifically excluded from exemption.
1624
After years of unprofitable operation, Virginia’s charter is revoked and it becomes a royal colony.
1610
Sir Thomas Gates institutes “laws divine moral and marshal, ” a harsh civil code for Jamestown.
1607
Captain Christopher Newport and 105 followers found the colony of Jamestown at the mouth of the James River on the coast of Virginia.
1543
Nicolaus Copernicus publishes proof of a sun-centered solar system. He dies just after publication.

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