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May 24 – this day in history

Here’s a look at some important events that happened on May 24 in history.

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1621 – The Protestant Union is formally dissolved.
1738 – John Wesley is converted, launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.
1830 – “Mary Had A Little Lamb” by Sarah Josepha Hale is first published by Boston firm Marsh, Capen & Lyon.
1832 – The First Kingdom of Greece is declared in the London Conference.
1902 – Empire Day 1st celebrated in Britain.
1915 – Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations.
1931 – 1st air-conditioned train installed-B&O Railroad.
1940 – Dutch Queen Wilhelmina speaks on BBC radio.
1940 – Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.
1948 – Benjamin Britten’s “Beggar’s Opera” premieres in Cambridge.
1958 – United Press International is formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
1972 – United States and Soviet Union agree to put US and Soviet spacemen in orbit together by 1975.
1976 – The Judgment of Paris takes place in France, launching California as a worldwide force in the production of quality wine.
1986 – Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British PM to visit Israel.
1989 – “Indiana Jones & Last Crusade”, directed by Stephen Spielberg and produced by George Lucas premieres.
1993 – Eritrea gains its independence from Ethiopia.

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