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May 24 in History: Check out some major events on May 24th in history

Today in History is a timetable of everything that happened on this date; May 24, in the areas of politics, war, science, music, sport, art, entertainment, and more.


Let go back in time and explore some things that happened on May 24, in history. 


1844-Morse's First Telegram.

In 1844, the government of the United States of America requested a line to be built between Baltimore and Washington. It sent the first Morse electronic telegram in May 24, 1844.


1856-The Pottawatomie Massacre.

John Brown and his Free State volunteers in May 24, 1856 murdered five men that were settled on the Pottawatomie Creek in southeastern Kansas. They were members of the pro-slavery Law and Order Party, but not themselves slave owners in 1856.


1874-The British proclaimed the existence of the Gold Coast Colony.

The Republic of Ghana is named after the medieval West African Ghana Empire. The British proclaimed the existence of the Gold Coast Colony on July 24, 1874, which extended from the coast inland to the edge of Ashanti territory.


1883-U.S.A. Brooklyn Bridge.

 On May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan over the East River was open to traffic. The bridge took 13 years to complete, and in 1883, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world.

1941-World War II German Battleship Bismarck Sinks HMS Hood.

On May 24, 1941, the German battleship Bismarck; sank the HMS Hood with the loss of more than 1,400 lives, after a shell exploded in the armory during the battle of the giants of the sea (in the Battle of the Denmark Strait).

1978-England Princess Margaret Divorced.

Today in history( May 24, 1978), Queen Elizabeth II of England’s sister, Princess Margaret divorced with her husband (Earl Snowdon), after 18 years of marriage. 

2001-Israel Dance Floor Collapse.

 A dance floor has collapsed in Jerusalem leaving at least 20 people dead and hundreds more injured at a wedding party.


2013-Governor of Rivers State at the time, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON, was re-elected.

On 24 May 2013, Governor of Rivers State at the time, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON, was re-elected as the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF.


Amaechi, whose re-election was fiercely opposed by both President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, got 19 votes to beat his challenger, Jonah Jang of Plateau State who got 16 votes.


Also on this day in 2013, communities in the downstream of the Taylor creek traversing Bayelsa communities in Yenagoa local government area were hit by oil spill from a Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) facility.


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