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