Wednesday, May 24, 2017
History for May 24 - On-This-Day.com
Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit 1686 - Physicist, engineer, he determined the temperature scale named after him, Queen Victoria (Britain) 1819, Tommy Chong 1938 - Comedian (Cheech and Chong), Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) 1941 - Musician, singer, songwriter (Traveling Wilburys)
Gary Burghoff 1943 - Actor ("M*A*S*H"), Priscilla Presley 1945 - Wife of Elvis Presley, Joe Dumars 1963
1689 - The English Parliament passed Act of Toleration, protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics were specifically excluded from exemption.
1764 - Bostonian lawyer James Otis denounced "taxation without representation" and called for the colonies to unite in demonstrating their opposition to Britain’s new tax measures.
1816 - Emamual Leutze was born in Germany. He was most famous for his paintings "Washington Crossing the Delaware" and "Columbus Before the Queen".
1830 - The first passenger railroad service in the U.S. began service.
1844 - Samuel F.B. Morse formally opened America's first telegraph line. The first message was sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD. The message was "What hath God wrought?"
1941 - The HMS Hood was sunk by the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic. Only three people survived.
1983 - The Brooklyn Bridge's 100th birthday was celebrated.
1983 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had the right to deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminate.