24th May

Born on this Day 24th May
15 BC Julius Caesar Germanicus
1544 William Gilbert
1686 Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit
1689 Daniel Finch
1819 Queen Victoria
1836 Joseph Rowntree
1908 Sam Giancana
1911 Barbara West
1925 Mai Zetterling
1941 Bob Dylan
1944 Patti Labelle
1946 Priscilla Presley
1949 Jim Broadbent
1960 Kristin Scott Thomas
1964 Adrian Moorhouse
1966 Eric Cantona
1973 Dermot O’Leary
1985 Tim Bridgman

Died on this Day
1974 Duke Ellington 1991 Gene Clark
1995 Harold Wilson


1956 The first Eurovision song contest was held at Lugano, Switzerland and was won by the host country.

1993 A play written by Elvis Costello was put on the shortlist for a Sainsbury Art Education award.


1990 England football manager Bobby Robson announced he was to resign after the World Cup to join the Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.

1992 Ireland lost 62-7 to Auckland during their tour of New Zealand, the heaviest defeat in their history.

1999 Lawrence Dallaglio, England rugby captain, resigned following a News of the World story claiming he admitted using drugs and sold them in his youth. He denied the claims saying he was lying to the reporters.

2001 Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.

People & Showbiz

1988 The Prince of Wales opened the Tate Gallery in Liverpool.

1993 Sega computer game ‘Night Trap’ which had been branded by Conservative MPs as ‘sick’ was given a 15 certificate in the first British censor’s judgement on computer games.

1999 ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’ set a new world record for opening weekend box-office takings of $105 million, $5 million more than expected. The film took a record $28.5 million on its first day alone.

General Events

1689 The English Parliament passes the Act of Toleration protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics are intentionally excluded.

1798 Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins.

1830 “Mary Had a Little Lamb” by Sarah Josepha Hale is published.

1862 Westminster Bridge was opened.

1930 Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly solo to Australia from England.

1990 According to a United Nations report, the quality of life in Britain was higher than that in most countries in the world, despite the poll tax and ‘Mad Cow’ disease. The UK came 10th out of the 130 nations in the index which described 3 elements of human life as longevity, knowledge and living standards.

1994 A family of 2 adults and 2 children need £22,000 a year to maintain a basic life-style according to the Family Budget Unit at York University. No allowance being made for tobacco, a foreign holiday, a tumble drier or a computer.To drown their sorrows £13.89 was allowed per week for alcohol
Meanwhile Tony Blair was worried whether there would be enough space for him at 10 Downing Street if he became Prime Minister as he had a young family.

1997 The MI5 security service announced they had lifted the ban on homosexuals and had fully embraced equal opportunities. Gays had been instantly dismissed from the service ever since the KGB blackmailing of John Vassall, the gay Admiralty Clerk, in the late 1950’s.

2004 Communications in North Korea: North Korea bans mobile phones.

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