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Monday, May 24, 2010

The International Monetary Fund says far-reaching reforms are vital for Spain's economy. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/10149806.stm (BBC)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

East Timor's Foreign Minister José Ramos-Horta officially requests military assistance from the governments of Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Portugal.
Disgruntled former soldiers and government troops clash in East Timor, leading to at least two deaths in Dili. Australians evacuate as violence escalates. //edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/05/24/timor.tension.ap/ (CNN), //dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story/0,20281,19241482-5001028,00.html (Daily Telegraph) As requested by the East Timor government, at least four countries, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal and Malaysia, are sending in troops in an effort to maintain order. //edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/05/24/timor.tension/ (CNN)

Monday, May 24, 2004

Terry Nichols is convicted by an Oklahoma state court on murder charges stemming from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
F.C. Porto wins the European Chion Clubs Cup, defeating A.S. Monaco 3–0.
North Korea bans mobile phones (see Communications in North Korea).

Saturday, May 24, 2003

After a 40-year wait, Russian fans of The Beatles finally get to see former Beatle Paul McCartney perform on their soil, on the Red Square in Moscow.

Wednesday, May 24, 1995

AFC Ajax wins the UEFA Chions League in the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna by defeating AC Milan 0–1 by a goal of Patrick Kluivert. This was the third consecutive win of AFC Ajax over AC Milan that season, ranking AFC Ajax on the 4th place on the list of European Cup and UEFA Chions League winners.

Monday, May 24, 1993

Eritrea gains independence from Ethiopia.

Friday, May 24, 1991

Tuesday, May 24, 1988

Section 28 (outlawing promotion of homosexuality in schools) is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom.

Monday, May 24, 1976

Washington, D.C. Concorde service begins.

Thursday, May 24, 1973

Earl Jellicoe, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords in Britain, resigns over a separate prostitution scandal.
"Skylab 2" (Pete Conrad, Paul Weitz, Joseph Kerwin) is launched on a mission to repair damage to the recently launched "Skylab" space station.
Héctor José Cámpora becomes democratic president of the Argentine Republic ending the 1966 to 1973 Revolución Argentina military dictatorship.

Sunday, May 24, 1970

The scientific drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the USSR.

Sunday, May 24, 1964

25 – The crowd at a football match in Lima, Peruriots over a referee's decision in the Peru-Argentina game 319 are killed, 500 injured.

Thursday, May 24, 1962

Wednesday, May 24, 1961

American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for disturbing the peace after disembarking from their bus.

Sunday, May 24, 1959

British Empire Day is renamed Commonwealth Day.

Friday, May 24, 1957

Anti-American riots erupt in Taipei, Taiwan.

Thursday, May 24, 1956

The first Eurovision Song Contest is broadcast from Lugano, Switzerland. The winning song is "Refrain" by Lys Assia (music by Géo Voumard, text by Émile Gardaz).

Wednesday, May 24, 1950

Wednesday, May 24, 1944

WWII: Six LSTs are accidentally destroyed and 163 men killed in Pearl Harbor's West Loch Disaster.

Saturday, May 24, 1941

The British submarine HMS "Upholder" (P37) torpedoes and sinks the Italian ocean liner .
WWII: In the North Atlantic, the German battleship "Bismarck" sinks battlecruiser HMS "Hood", killing all but 3 crewmen from a total of 1,418 aboard the pride of the Royal Navy.
WWII: In the North Atlantic, the German battleship \\'\\'Bismarck\\'\\' sinks battlecruiserHMS ''Hood'', killing all but 3 crewmen from a total of 1,418 aboard the pride of the Royal Navy.

Friday, May 24, 1940

Winston Churchill warns the House of Commons to prepare itself for hard and heavy tidings.
First free flight of Igor Sikorsky's Vought-Sikorsky VS-300 helicopter.
WWII: The Anglo-French Supreme War Council decides to withdraw all forces from Norway.
WWII: King Leopold III of Belgium orders the Belgian forces to cease fighting. Leaders of the Belgian government on French territory declare Leopold deposed.

Friday, May 24, 1935

The first nighttime Major League Baseball game is played between the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Saturday, May 24, 1930

Amy Johnson lands in Darwin, Australia, becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia (she left on May 5 for the 11,000 mile flight).

Thursday, May 24, 1928

The airship "Italia" crashes on the North Pole one of the occupants is Italian general Umberto Nobile.

Tuesday, May 24, 1927

Britain severs diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union because of revelations of espionage and underground agitation.

Saturday, May 24, 1924

The Immigration Act of 1924 was signed into law in the United States, including the Asian Exclusion Act.

Thursday, May 24, 1923

The Irish Civil War ends.

Monday, May 24, 1920

Venustiano Carranza is buried in Mexico City all of his mourning allies are arrested. Adolfo de la Huerta is elected provisional president.

Monday, May 24, 1915

WWI: Italy joins the Allies after they declare war on Austria-Hungary.

Sunday, May 24, 1914

PFC Levski Sofia is founded at 1st men's school in Sofia (today 22nd gymnasium)

Wednesday, May 24, 1911

Mexican Revolution: Government troops fire at anti-Diaz demonstrators in Mexico City, killing about 200 (officials claim only 40).

Sunday, May 24, 1903

The Paris-Madrid race begins, during which at least eight people are killed.

Thursday, May 24, 1900

Second Boer War: The British annex the Orange Free State as the Orange River Colony.

Friday, May 24, 1895

Anti-Japanese officials led by Tang Ching-sung in Taiwan declare independence from the Qing Dynasty, forming the short-lived Republic of Formosa.

Tuesday, May 24, 1892

Prince George (later George V) becomes Duke of York.

Thursday, May 24, 1883

Brooklyn Bridge is opened to traffic after 13 years of construction.

Tuesday, May 24, 1870

The Port Adelaide Football Club plays their first match of Australian rules football at Buck's Flat, Glanville, South Australia.

Thursday, May 24, 1866

Battle of Tuyutí: 32,000 soldiers of the Triple Alliance defeat 24,000 Paraguayan soldiers few miles north of the Paraná, Argentina in the Paraguayan War, with 16,000 casualties.

Saturday, May 24, 1862

Westminster Bridge is opened in England. This new bridge designed by Thomas Page had replaced the old bridge.

Saturday, May 24, 1856

Pottawatomie Massacre: A group of followers of radical abolitionist John Brown kill 5 homesteaders in Franklin County, Kansas.

Friday, May 24, 1844

JunendashJuly ndash The Great Flood of 1844 hits the Missouri River and Mississippi River.
The first electrical telegram is sent over the telegraph by Samuel F. B. Morse from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to the BO Railroad outer depot in Baltimore, Maryland, saying What hath God wrought.

Thursday, May 24, 1832

Canada: The Rideau Canal in eastern Ontario is opened.
Francois Arban, early French balloonist makes his 1st ascent.
Germany: Hambacher Fest, a demonstration for civil liberties and national unity, ends with no result.

Monday, May 24, 1824

The British take Rangoon, Burma in the First Anglo-Burmese War.

Friday, May 24, 1822

Battle of Pichincha: Simón Bolívar secures the independence of Quito.

Wednesday, May 24, 1809

Dartmoor Prison opens in England to house French prisoners of war.ref name=Pocket On This Day

Saturday, May 24, 1738

John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.

Thursday, May 24, 1725

Jonathan Wild, fraudulent Thief-Taker General, is hanged in Tyburn, England for actually aiding criminals.

Tuesday, May 24, 1689

The Bill of Rights establishes constitutional monarchy in England but with Roman Catholics barred from the throne. Parliament also passes the Act of Toleration protecting Protestants, but with Roman Catholics intentionally excluded. This effectively concludes the Glorious Revolution.

Tuesday, May 24, 1667

The War of Devolution begins: France invades Flanders and Franche-Comté.

Saturday, May 24, 1653

Ferdinand IV is elected King of the Romans.

Sunday, May 24, 1626

Peter Minuit buys Manhattan from a Native American tribe (Lenape or Shinnecock or Canarsie) for trade goods, valued at 60 guilders ($24).

Monday, May 24, 1621

The Protestant Union is formally dissolved.

Monday, May 24, 1610

Jamestown, Virginia: The temporary Governor, Thomas Gates, issues The Divine, Moral, and Martial Laws.

Wednesday, May 24, 1595

The "Nomenclator" of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.

Friday, May 24, 1591

Sir John Norreys, with an expeditionary force sent by Queen Elizabeth I of England, takes the town of Guing after a brief siege, on behalf of Henry of Navarre.
Maurice maneuvers cautiously against the Duke of Parma near Arnhem.
June ndash Zutphen is captured by the Dutch under Maurice of Nassau.
August ndash Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex leads an English army in support of the Protestant Henry IV of France at the Siege of Rouen.ref name=Cassell's Chronology/
During this year's Atlantic hurricane season, probably the most severe of the pre-1600 seasons, at least eight intense hurricanes occur.
July ndash Deventer is captured by the Dutch under Maurice of Nassau.

Monday, May 14, 1571 (Julianian calendar)

Fire of Moscow: Moscow is burnt by the Crimean army under Devlet I Giray.

Monday, May 14, 1526 (Julianian calendar)

The Transit of Venus occurs, the last before optical filters allowed astronomers to observe them.

Tuesday, May 15, 1487 (Julianian calendar)

Lambert Simnel is crowned King Edward VI of England in Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland. He claims to be Edward, Earl of Warwick and challenges Henry VII for the throne of England.

Thursday, May 16, 1370 (Julianian calendar)

The Treaty of Stralsund ends the war between Denmark and the Hanseatic League.

Thursday, May 17, 1218 (Julianian calendar)

The Kara-Khitan Khanate is destroyed by Genghis Khan's Mongolian cavalry.
Genghis Khan's Mongols, under the leadership of his eldest son Jochi, conduct a second caign against the Kyrgyz.
The Livonian Brothers of the Sword begin to conquer Estonia.
Damietta is besieged by the knights of the Fifth Crusade.
March ndash Treaty of Worcester recognises Llywelyn the Great as regent of south Wales.
Genghis Khan proposes to the Khwarazm shah of Persia that he accept Mongol overlordship and establish trade relations.
The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt.
The northern French city of Rheims emits the first recorded public life annuity in medieval Europe. Theretofore, this type of instrument had been mostly issued by religious institutions. The emission by Rheims is the first evidence of a consolidation of public debt that is to become common in the Langue d\'Oïl, the Low Countries and Germany.
July ndash Spain: In order to facilitate the movement of Reconquista, Pope Honorius III reverses Innocent III’s earlier judgement and declares Ferdinand III of Castile legitimate heir to the Kingdom of Leon.ref name=linehan1999

Sunday, May 17, 1153 (Julianian calendar)

Malcolm IV becomes King of Scotland.

Wednesday, May 17, 1111 (Julianian calendar)

Santarém and Sintra are captured by the Almoravid troops of the general Sir ibn Abi Bakr. The efforts of the Berbers to reconquer lost ground lead to the sack of Coimbra.ref name=picard2000
The Synod of Rathbreasail marks the transition of the Irish church from a monastic to a diocesan structure.
The commune of Laus is destroyed by the Milanese troops.

Monday, May 18, 1086 (Julianian calendar)

Pope Victor III succeeds Pope Gregory VII as the 158th pope, though he does not accept election until May 9, 1087.
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