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MAY 24

Belize: Commonwealth Day and Emancipation Day
(Observed annually on May 24)
Bermuda: Bermuda Day
(Observed annually on May 24)
Bermuda Bermuda Online
Bulgaria: Cyril and Methodius Day - Day of the Slavonic Script
(Observed annually on May 24)
Bulgaria Bulgarian Embassy, New Delhi
Eritrea: Liberation Day
(Commemorates 1993 liberation from Ethiopia)
Eritrea Ethiopia U.S. Department of State
1870 Benjamin Cardozo (New York City-born Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) New York City Political & Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1819 Victoria, Queen of England Great Britain Queen Victoria
1870 Jan Smuts (South African Statesman, Soldier, Prime Minister from 1919-24) South Africa Political and Social Leaders South African History
1878 Harry Emerson Fosdick (New York-born Protestant Minister, Teacher, Author) New York Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders and Theologians
1918 Coleman Young (Alabama-born African-American Mayor of Detroit) Coleman Young Detroit Political and Social Leaders Human Rights/Civil Rights African-American Political and Social Leaders
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1089 Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury English Political and Social Leaders Theologians and Religious Leaders Archbishop of Canterbury Concordia
1995 Harold Wilson (Prime Minister of England) English Political & Social Leaders
1276 In England, Jews Are Forced to Pay Three Pence Each and Wear Yellow Badges Great Britain Judaism Human Rights/Civil Rights Concordia
1547 Charles V Defeats the Lutherans at the Battle of Muehlberg, Reclaiming Germany for the Holy Roman Empire Germany Religion War Concordia
1624 King James I Dissolves the Charter for the Virginia Company of London Great Britain Virginia King James I Colonial Virginia Virginia Historical Society
1689 British Act of Toleration Provides Religious Freedom to Protestants British History Religion Acton Institute Concordia
1738 In London, John Wesley Undergoes a Religious Conversion That Will Lead to the Methodist Church English Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders and Theologians The United Methodist Church University of Georgia
1775 John Hancock Is Elected President of the Second Continental Congress John Hancock Constitutional Congress History Channel
1809 England's Dartmoor Prison Is Opened to House French Prisoners of War Great Britain Prison Prisoners of War Dartmoor Prison Historic UK
1818 Spanish Troops in Florida Surrender Fort Barrancas to Major General Andrew Jackson Spain Florida Andrew Jackson Forts Florida Historical Association
1822 de Sucre's Victory at Pichincha Liberates Much of Northern South America South America Spain Historical Text Archive
1861 A Close Friend of President Lincoln Is Shot and Killed Removing a Confederate Flag in Alexandria, Virginia Alexandria, Virginia President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Death Lincoln Papers
1862 President Lincoln Uses Telegraph to Contact Generals and Direct Troop Movements at Front Royal, Virginia Virginia President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War The Telegraph Lincoln Papers
Two Federal Vessels Capture the Confederate Steamer Swan West of Florida's Tortugas Florida American Civil War Naval Military History Florida Historical Association
1901 78 Miners Die in a Series of Explosions at the Universal Mine Near Caerphilly, Wales Wales Labor Death BBC
1917 British Introduce the Convoy System Using War Ships to Protect Merchant Ships Crossing the Atlantic Great Britain Naval History WWI History Channel
1921 South African Police Shoot and Kill 163 Land Squatters Who Refuse to Leave a Settlement at Bulhoek South Africa Crime Death South African History
1941 German Battleship Bismarck Sinks British Dreadnought Hood Great Britain Nazi Germany Naval History WWII History Channel
1943 Josef Mengele, "the Angel of Death," Arrives at Auschwitz Nazi Germany Holocaust War Crimes History Channel
1957 Chinese Rioters Sack the U.S. Embassy in Taipei, Taiwan Taiwan Marine Embassy Guard Association
1968 President Charles de Gaulle Demands the French People to Back Him or Accept His Resignation Charles de Gaulle BBC
1986 Margaret Thatcher Is First British Prime Minister to Visit Israel Israel Margaret Thatcher Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1993 Eritrea Gains Independence from Ethiopia after 30-yr War Eritrea Ethiopia U.S. Department of State
1994 Four Convicted for Bombing New York's World Trade Center Are Sentenced New York World Trade Center Terrorism Law & Legal Resources National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism New York Times
2000 Israeli Troops Pull Out of Lebanon Ending 22 Years of Occupation Israel Lebanon CNN

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