May 24: Day of the Week
May 24, 2018 was the 144th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 221 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Gemini is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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May 24 Historical Event(s)
- 1626Peter Minuit buys Manhattan.
- 1830The first revenue trains in the United States begin service on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between Baltimore, Maryland and Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland.
- 1846Mexican-American War: General Zachary Taylor captures Monterrey.
- 1940Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.
- 1956The first Eurovision Song Contest is held in Lugano, Switzerland
- 1960Following the 1960 Valdivia earthquake, the largest ever recorded earthquake, Cordón Caulle begins to erupt.
- 1961American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for “disturbing the peace” after disembarking from their bus.
- 1970The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union.
- 1981Ecuadorian president Jaime Roldós Aguilera, his wife and his presidential committee died in an aircraft accident while travelling from Quito to Zapotillo minutes after the president famous speech regarding the 24 de mayo anniversary of the Battle of Pichincha.
- 1991Eritrea gains its independence from Ethiopia.
Who were born on May 24?
- 1522John Jewel, English Bishop of Salisbury (d. 1571)
- 1855Arthur Wing Pinero, English playwright (d. 1934)
- 1911Barbara West, English survivor of the Titanic sinking (d. 2007)
- 1926Stanley Baxter, Scottish actor
- 1936Harold Budd, American composer and poet
- 1937Archie Shepp, American jazz saxophonist
- 1963Ivan Capelli, Italian racing driver
- 1966Eric Cantona, French footballer
- 1966Russell Kun, Nauruan politician
- 1982Issah Ahmed, Ghanaian football player
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