24 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, 1686
  • Jean-Paul Marat, 1743
  • Queen Victoria, 1819
  • Arthur Pinero, 1855
  • Jan Smuts, 1870
  • Harry Emerson Fosdick, 1878
  • Elsa Maxwell, 1883
  • S. I. Newhouse, 1895
  • Suzanne Lenglen, 1899
  • Lilli Palmer, 1914
  • Coleman Young, 1918
  • Siobhan McKenna, 1923
  • Mai Zetterling, 1925
  • Arnold Wesker, 1932
  • Jane Byrne, 1934
  • Tommy Chong, 1938
  • Gary Burghoff, 1940
  • Bob Dylan, 1941
  • Patti Labelle, 1944
  • Frank Oz, 1944
  • Priscilla Presley, 1946
  • Leo Sayer, 1948
  • Rosanne Cash, 1955
  • Kristen Scott Thomas, 1960
  • Hector 'Macho' Camacho, 1962
  • Eric Cantona, 1966

Died On This Day:

  • Nicolaus Copernicus, 1543
  • Empress Josephine, 1814
  • James Peale, 1831
  • John Foster Dulles, 1959
  • Duke Ellington, 1974
  • George Jessel, 1981
  • Hermione Gingold, 1987

Today's Events:

  • 1543 - On the day of his death, Copernicus's 'On the Revolution of the Celestial Spheres' published.
  • 1738 - Methodism born when reading Martin Luther's 'Preface to Epistle to Romans' converts John Wesley.
  • 1844 - First telegraph message sent by Samuel Morse from Washington to Baltimore: 'What hath God wrought.'
  • 1878 - First American bicycle race held at Beacon Park, Boston; C.A. Parker of Harvard U. wins.
  • 1883 - Brooklyn Bridge opened to traffic spanning East River between Brooklyn and New York City.
  • 1899 - First public garage opens in Boston, 'a stable for renting, sale, storage and repair of motor vehicles.'
  • 1935 - First major-league night baseball game played at Crosley Field, Cincinatti. Reds beat Phillies 2-1.
  • 1954 - International Business Machines Corp (IBM) announces development of 'electronic brain.'
  • 1962 - Scott Carpenter flies second manned orbital flight in Aurora 7 at 164 miles high for almost 5 hours.
  • 1966 - 'Mame' opens on Broadway at the ANTA Theatre.
  • 1976 - Supersonic Concorde flights begin to the U.S. from France; first flight from Washington takes 4 hrs.
  • 1976 - At a blind Paris wine tasting nine judges choose California wines over French - horrors of horrors.
  • 1979 - Single bottle of 1806 Chateau Lafitte claret auctioned for $28,000.
  • 1982 - South African woman, Christina Samane, gives birth to world's heftiest infant - 22 lbs 8 oz.
  • 1999 - US Department of Justice accuses BASF of price fixing of vitamins and fines company $225 million.
  • 1999 - In Dallas, TX, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. fined the world record $500 million for leading worldwide conspiracy to fix prices for vitamins sold in US and elsewhere.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Simeon Stylites the Younger
  • David of Scotland

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Ecuador (1822)
  • Commonwealth Day
  • Day of Hermes Trismegistus
  • Feast of the Holy Maries in France

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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