May

May 24: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 24

May 24th is officially Tiara Day and Brother’s Day.

Today marks the 144th day of the year. We’re slowly getting through the year, but still have 221 days left until the end of the year.

People who were born on May 24 all share the Gemini zodiac sign.

If today is your birthday or a special day for you in general, then you’re going to love to learn about the history of this day. Here we have a range of important historical events that happened on May 24, as well as facts about today.

Did you know that on this day in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was officially opened? It was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time of it’s opening.

Keep reading for more facts about May 24th in history!

What Happened On May 24 In History?

1993

Star Trek episode “Second Chances” aired, guest starring Mae Jemison.

Jemison was the first real life astronaut to appear on the show.
1989

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by George Lucas premiered.

1962

Scott Carpenter orbited the Earth three times in the US Aurora 7.

Source NASA
1930

Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly solo from UK to Australia.

Amy departed from Croydon Airport, Surrey, England on May 5, and flew a total of 11,000 miles until she reached Darwin, Australia on this day.
1926

Paavo Nurmi ran a world record time of 3000 meters in 8 minutes and 25 seconds.

OTD in 1926: Paavo Nurmi ran a world record time of 3000 meters in 8 minutes and 25 seconds.
1887

Brooklyn Bridge was opened by President Arthur and NY Governor Cleveland.

OTD in 1887: Brooklyn Bridge was opened by President Arthur and NY Governor Cleveland.
At the time, the Brooklyn Bridge was considered the greatest engineering feat, as it spanned 1,600 feet. When it opened, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.
1873

Leo Delibes’ opera “Le Roi l’a Dit” premiered in Paris at the Opéra-Comique.

1862

The Westminster Bridge across The Thames opened in London, England.

1844

The first telegraph message was sent.

Samuel Morse tapped out the world's first telegraph message saying "What hath God wrought." The test was sent between Washington D.C. and Baltimore.
1774

John Hancock was unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress.

1738

John Wesley had his famous spiritual experience that solidified his trust in Christ.

His conversion started the Methodist movement, which is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.

Did you know that on this day, May 24th 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was officially opened?