#TodayInHistory – May 24
May 24 – Some important events on this day
1595 👉🏼 Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library 📚
1738 👉🏼 Co-founder of the Methodist Movement John Wesley is converted, launching the Methodist movement itself. This day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.
1844 👉🏼 Samuel Morse taps out “What hath God wrought” in the world’s first telegraph message.
He contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs and a co-developer of the Morse code.
1847 👉🏼 German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt is awarded the Patron’s Medal by the Royal Geographical Society, London in recognition of ‘the increased knowledge of the great continent of Australia’ gained by his Moreton Bay-Port Essington journey.
1881 👉🏼 Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sinks near London Ontario, 200 die
1883 👉🏼 After 14 years, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River opens, connecting the great cities of New York and Brooklyn for the first time in history.
Thousands of residents of Brooklyn and Manhattan Island turned out to witness the ceremony, which was presided over by President Chester A. Arthur and New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Designed by the late John A. Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge was the largest suspension bridge ever built to that date.
1899 👉🏼 1st auto repair shop opens (Boston) 🚗
1930 👉🏼 Amy Johnson becomes the 1st woman to fly solo from England to Australia 🇦🇺
1941 👉🏼 German battleship Bismarck sinks the British battle cruiser HMS Hood; 1,416 die, 3 survive
1954 👉🏼 German airline Lufthansa forms ✈️
1964 👉🏼 Beatles’ 3rd appearance on Ed Sullivan Show.
In February of the same year the Beatles’ popularity in the United States was reaching fever pitch as they prepared to make their live American television debut on the Ed Sullivan (one of the most popular and influential television hosts in American history) show. Beatlemania had already gripped the UK in the previous year. When the Fab Four arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport (newly renamed after his assassination eleven weeks earlier) they were greeted by a huge crowd of around 4,000 fans and 200 journalists. Paul McCartney later recalled being in the car on the way to the hotel and listening on the radio to a news program narrating their car journey.
On 9 February the Beatles performed for the first time on Ed Sullivan. Around 73 million viewers watched their performance which, at the time, was the most-watched program in American television history. From there the Beatles domination of the music market began – and the rest is history!
1976 👉🏼 In the Judgment of Paris, wine testers rate wines from California higher than their French counterparts, challenging the notion of France being the foremost producer of the world’s best wines 🍷
1978 👉🏼 American management consultant Marilyn Loden first coins the term “glass ceiling” to describe invisible career barriers for women
1988 👉🏼 Section 28 passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality. Repealed 2001/2004
2001 👉🏼 Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest. 🏔
But what the top of Mount Everest is really like?
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