On This Day
Discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths. Each day we highlight famous people, past and present, who have impacted our world. Browse sections by selecting the links below or click the calendar to view events on another day.
Events on This Day
The Connecticut General Assembly passes the "Black Law" in protest of Prudence Crandall's new school for African-American girls.
Inventor Thomas Edison announces the completion of his newest creation: the telescribe, a device used to record telephone conversations.
An Inconvenient Truth, a documentary about climate change narrated by former Vice President Al Gore, opens in New York and Los Angeles.
Josef Mengele becomes chief doctor at Birkenau, an extermination camp at Auschwitz, where he supervises medical experiments and is nicknamed “Angel of Death.”
The Brooklyn Bridge, designed by John Roebling, opens to the public. Roebling died while working on the bridge and never saw it completed.
Boxing great Muhammad Ali defeats England's Richard Dunn with a fifth-round TKO to win the heavyweight crown in Munich.
Queen Elizabeth II officially opens the Falkirk Wheel, the world's first rotating boat lift.
Born on This Day
Born: May 24, 1941
Age: 72 years old
Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States
Occupation: Songwriter, Singer
1945 | 68 years old
Film Actress, Television Actress, ...
1955 | 58 years old
Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
Born: May 24, 1960
Age: 53 years old
Birthplace: Redruth, England
Occupation: Film Actress
1944 | 69 years old
Film Actress, Singer
1819 | 81 years old
Political Leader, Queen
Died on This Day
Died: May 24, 1543
Age: 70 years old
Place: Frauenburg , Poland
Occupation: Mathematician, Astronomer
1879 | 73 years old
Activist, Publisher, Journalist
Songwriter, Conductor, Pianist / 1899 - 1974
An originator of big-band jazz, Duke Ellington was an American composer, pianist and bandleader who composed thousands of scores over his 50-year career.
1974 | 75 years old
Songwriter, Conductor, Pianist
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profile name: Josef Mengele profile occupation: War Criminal
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profile name: John Augustus Roebling profile occupation: Engineer
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profile name: Muhammad Ali profile occupation: Philanthropist
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profile name: Queen Elizabeth II profile occupation: Queen
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profile name: Theodore Roethke profile occupation: Poet
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profile name: George I profile occupation: King
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