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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 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.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

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

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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