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5/24/2023 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - May 24

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Today in History in 1738 John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; in1775 John Hancock was elected President of the Continental Congress; and in 1989 "Indiana Jones & Last Crusade", directed by Stephen Spielberg and produced by George Lucas premiered.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1595 - Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.
  • 1738 - John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.
  • 1775 - John Hancock is unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress
  • 1818 - General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola Florida
  • 1844 - Samuel Morse taps out "What hath God wrought" (1st telegraph message)
  • 1846 - General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey in Mexican War
  • 1883 - Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur & NY Governor Cleveland
  • 1915 - Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations
  • 1941 - Bismarck sinks British battle cruiser HMS Hood; 1,416 die, 3 survive
  • 1988 - Section 28 is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom (prohibiting promotion of homosexuality). Repealed 2001/2004
  • 1989 - "Indiana Jones & Last Crusade", directed by Stephen Spielberg and produced by George Lucas premieres

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1938 - Tommy Chong, Edmonton, Alberta, comedian/actor (Cheech & Chong)
  • 1940 - Gary Burghoff, Bristol CT, actor (Radar-M*A*S*H)
  • 1940 - Joseph Brodsky, USSR, author (Less than 1, Nobel 1987)
  • 1941 - Bob Dylan, [Robert Zimmerman], Duluth Minn, singer/songwriter (Blowin' in Wind)
  • 1944 - Patti LaBelle, [Holt], Phila Pa, singer (LaBelle-Lady Marmalade)
  • 1945 - Priscilla Presley, Brooklyn New York, American actress (Jenna-Dallas, Naked Gun)
  • 1955 - Rosanne Cash, country singer (Seven Year Ache, I Wonder), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1965 - John C. Reilly, American actor (Chicago, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story), born in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Weddings

  • 1917 - Writer Walter Lippmann (27) weds Faye Albertson
  • 1935 - Swedish princess Ingrid marries Danish crown prince Frederik (IX)
  • 2002 - Princess Martha Louise of Norway (30) weds author Ari Behn (29) in Trondheim
  • 2003 - Oscar winning-actress Kate Winslet (27) weds director Sam Mendes (36) in Anguilla Island

Famous Deaths

  • 1543 - Nicolas Copernicus, astronomer, dies in Poland aged 70
  • 1879 - William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist (Liberator), dies at 73
  • 1963 - Elmore James, blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack
  • 1966 - Jim Barnes, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins), dies at 80
  • 1974 - Duke Ellington, American musician, dies of cancer at 75
  • 1997 - Edward Mulhare, actor (Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 2008 - Dick Martin American comedian (b. 1922)

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