This Day in History 24/05



1621 – The Protestant Union is formally dissolved.

1738 – John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.

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

1915 – Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations

1954 – IBM announces vacuum tube “electronic” brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour

1956 – Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha’s Parinibbāna.

1959 – Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in Great Britain

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

1993 – Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia after 30-year civil war

1999 – Venezuela enters the Antarctic Treaty System.

2000 – Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.

2001 – Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.

2001 – The Democrats gain control of the U.S. Senate for the first time since 1994 when Senator James Jeffords of Vermont abandons the Republican Party and declares himself an independent.

2002 – Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.

2004 – North Korea bans mobile phone

2013 – Rafael Correa is sworn into a third term as President of Ecuador


1753 – Oliver Cromwell, Burlington NJ, decorated black soldier who served with Washington in US War of Independence

1879 – H. B. Reese, American inventor of Reese’s and founder (d. 1956

1941 – Bob Dylan, [Robert Zimmerman], Duluth Minn, singer/songwriter (Blowin’ in Wind)


1955 – Rosanne Cash, Memphis Tn, country singer (Seven Year Ache, I Wonder)


1965 – John C. Reilly, Chicago, Illinois, American actor (Chicago, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story)



1543 – Nicolas Copernicus, astronomer, dies in Poland aged 70


1879 – William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist (Liberator), dies at 73


1883 – Abdel Kadir, Algerian leader (b. 1808)

1974 – Duke Ellington, American musician, dies of cancer at 75


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