by Bob Fields
On May 24:
15 BC - Julius Caesar Germanicus, Roman commander (d. 19 AD).
1686 - Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit*, Polish-German physicist and engineer, developed the Fahrenheit scale (d. 1736).
1743 - Jean-Paul Marat, France, revolutionist (d. 1793).
1816 - Emanuel Leutze, US, painter (Washington Crossing the Delaware) (d. 1868).
1819 - Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (d. 1901).
1854 - Louis Mountbatten, Prince of Battenberg, British Admiral (WW I) (d. 1921).
1941 - Bob Dylan, [Robert Zimmerman], singer/songwriter (“Blowin’ in the Wind“).
1945 - Priscilla Presley [Priscilla Ann Wagner], American actress (Dallas, Naked Gun), wife of Elvis Presley.
1955 - Rosanne Cash, country singer (Seven Year Ache, I Wonder). Wife of Johnny Cash.
1153 - David I of Scotland (b. 1083) (“Davidian Revolution“).
1543 - Nicolas Copernicus [Mikołaj Kopernik], astronomer, dies in Poland (b. 1473).
1879 - William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist, newspaper editor (b. 1805) (The Liberator).
1941 – World War II: Battle of the Atlantic: the German Battleship Bismarck sinks the HMS Hood, killing 1415 men, all but three aboard.
1959 - John Foster Dulles, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 52nd U.S. Secretary of State (b. 1888).
1974 - Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, American pianist and composer, dies of cancer (b. 1899).
1995 - Harold Wilson*, British PM 1964-70 and 74-76 (b. 1916).
1626 - Peter Minuit* (1594-1638) buys Manhattan Island from the Indians for 60 Guilders ($1060 in current dollars).
1738 - John Wesley (1703 - 1791) is converted, launching the Methodist movement; celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.
1813 – South American leader Simón Bolívar invades Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador (“The Liberator”).
1818 - General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola Florida.
1844 - Samuel Morse taps out “What hath God wrought”, the first telegraph message.
1846 - Gen Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) captures Monterrey in Mexican-American War.
1861 - Maj Gen Benjamin Butler (1818 – 1893) declares slaves “contraband of war”.
1883 - Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur & Governor Cleveland after 14 years of construction.
1940 - Igor Sikorsky (1889-1972) performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.
1943 – The Holocaust: Josef Mengele* (1911-1972) becomes chief medical officer of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
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