Today in History - May 24

1153 - Malcolm IV becomes King of Scots

1218 - The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt

1300 - King Philip IV occupies Flanders, Earl Gwijde captured

1595 - Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the 1st printed catalog of an institutional library

1653 - German Parliament selects Ferdinand II king of Austria

1658 - Battle of Dunes

1775 - John Hancock is unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress

1815 - George Evans discovers Lachlan River, Australia

1830 - 1st passenger rail service in US (Baltimore & Elliots Mill, Maryland)

1832 - The First Kingdom of Greece is declared in the London Conference

1844 - Samuel Morse taps out "What hath God wrought" in the world's 1st telegraph message



1854 - Lincoln University, Penn, 1st Black College in US founded by John Miller and Sarah Emlen

1862 - Westminster Bridge across Thames opens

1883 - Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur & New York Governor Cleveland

1899 - 1st auto repair shop opens (in Boston)

1902 - Empire Day 1st celebrated in Britain

1915 - Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations

1921 - 1st parliament for Northern Ireland elected

1922 - Russian-Italian trade agreement signed

1930 - 1st woman (Amy Johnson) to fly from England to Australia solo, lands 

1954 - German airline Lufthansa forms

1959 - Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in Great Britain

1976 - Wine testers rate wines from California higher than their French counterparts, challenging the notion of France being the foremost producer of the worlds's best wins

1986 - Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British PM to visit Israel

2001 - 15-year old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of the Mount Everest


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