May 24: Day of the Week
May 24, 2019 was the 144th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 221 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.
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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)
- 1830The first revenue trains in the United States begin service on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between Baltimore, Maryland and Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland.
- 1832The First Kingdom of Greece is declared in the London Conference.
- 1861American Civil War: Union troops occupy Alexandria, Virginia.
- 1901Seventy-eight miners die in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales.
- 1940Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.
- 1956The first Eurovision Song Contest is held in Lugano, Switzerland
- 1961American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for “disturbing the peace” after disembarking from their bus.
- 1968FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City.
- 1973Earl Jellicoe resigns as Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords.
- 1991Eritrea gains its independence from Ethiopia.
Who were born on May 24?
- 1874Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine (d. 1878)
- 1878Lillian Moller Gilbreth, American engineer (d. 1972)
- 1886Paul Paray, French conductor and composer (d. 1979)
- 1934Jane Byrne, 50th Mayor of Chicago
- 1966Ricky Craven, American NASCAR driver
- 1967Bruno Putzulu, French actor
- 1982Issah Ahmed, Ghanaian football player
- 1984Brodney Pool, American football player
- 1991Erika Umeda, Japanese singer
- 1993Oliver Davis, American actor
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