24 May

24 May

May 24 is the 144th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 221 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about May 24th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about May 24th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • World Schizophrenia Day
  • National Escargot Day
  • National Brothers Day
  • International Tiara Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – May 24

2001: 23 die in the Jerusalem wedding hall disaster

Hundreds of wedding guests fell two stories deep when a portion of the third floor collapsed. The tragedy was Israel’s worst civil disaster.

1970: Engineers begin drilling the world’s deepest hole

The Kola Superdeep Borehole had reached the unsurpassed depth of 12,262 meters (40,230 feet) before the project was abandoned due to a lack of funding.

1956: The first Eurovision Song Contest is held

Lys Assia won the first edition for Switzerland. The ESC is a major song contest in Europe and one of the world’s longest-running TV programs. It is held in a different country each year.

1930: Amy Johnson flies solo from England to Australia

The English aviatrix was the first woman to achieve this feat. Her 18,000 km (11,000 mi) flight aboard a de Havilland Gypsy Moth aircraft took her from Croydon, U.K. to Darwin, Australia in 19 days.

1830: Mary had a little lamb is published

Sarah Josepha Hale’s poem is one of the best-known English language nursery rhymes.

1986: A Soviet army crew clears off the highly radioactive debris from the roof of reactor 3 at Chernobyl Nuclear Facility within a time limit of 90 seconds. The extreme levels of radiation, nearly 40 times the lethal dose, restricted each crew to only one use. 1986

A Soviet army crew clears off the highly radioactive debris from the roof of reactor 3 at Chernobyl Nuclear Facility within a time limit of 90 seconds. The extreme levels of radiation, nearly 40 times the lethal dose, restricted each crew to only one use. 1986

1978: Michael Jackson as Charlie Chaplin, 1978

Michael Jackson as Charlie Chaplin, 1978

1931: Albert Einstein holding his own puppet, 1931

Albert Einstein holding his own puppet, 1931

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, May 24

1963: Michael Chabon, American author

1945: Priscilla Presley, American actress, businesswoman

1941: Bob Dylan, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer

1819: Queen Victoria, of the United Kingdom

1671: Gian Gastone de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, May 24

2007: Bill Johnston, Australian cricketer

1974: Duke Ellington, American pianist, composer, bandleader

1632: Robert Hues, English mathematician, geographer

1543: Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish mathematician, astronomer

1153: David I of Scotland


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