Lost and Found – May 24th Edition

What to remember about May 24th…

  • 1543  Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus dies after a stroke (b. 1473); discovered Earth revolved around the sun despite “facts” to the contrary
  • 1775  John Hancock is elected president of Second Continental Congress
  • 1844  Samuel Morse demonstrates his telegraph for Congress; message “What Hath God Wrought?” is sent to Baltimore and back
  • 1883  Brooklyn Bridge is dedicated by President Arthur and future President Cleveland while thousands of New Yorkers turn out to watch
  • 1935  Major League Baseball holds its 1st night game at recently lighted Crosley Field in Cincinnati; Reds beat Phillies 2-1
  • 1941  German battleship Bismarcksinks pride of the Royal Navy HMS Hood
  • 1943  Josef Mengele becomes doctor of Auschwitz concentration camp; “Angel of Death” will torture and murder thousands of Jews
  • 1961  In Jackson, Mississippi, activist Freedom Riders are arrested for disturbing the peace as they disembark from their vehicle
  • 1964  Presidential candidate and Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) mentions possible use of atomic weapons in conflict in Vietnam
  • 1976  Concorde supersonic passenger service from London to Washington, D.C. begins
  • 1991  Israel begins Operation Solomon to evacuate by air more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews threatened by civil war
  • 1994  4 Islamic terrorists are sentenced to life in prison for 1993 bombing of the north tower of the World Trade Center

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