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On This Day in History, May 24

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 feett) before the project was abandoned due to 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.

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

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