May 24: Day of the Week
May 24, 2019 is the 144th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 221 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is 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)
- 1738John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day and a church service is generally held on the preceding Sunday.
- 1960Following the 1960 Valdivia earthquake, the largest ever recorded earthquake, Cordón Caulle begins to erupt.
- 1962Project Mercury: American astronaut Scott Carpenter orbits the Earth three times in the Aurora 7 space capsule.
- 1968FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City.
- 1970The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union.
- 1976The Judgement of Paris takes place in France, launching California as a worldwide force in the production of quality wine.
- 1989Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, is awarded £600,000 in damages (later reduced to £60,000 on appeal) after winning a libel action against Private Eye.
- 1991Israel conducts Operation Solomon, evacuating Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
- 1994Four men convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in New York in 1993 are each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
- 2001Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.
Who were born on May 24?
- 1544William Gilbert, English natural philosopher (d. 1603)
- 1743Jean-Paul Marat, French revolutionary (d. 1793)
- 1803Alexander von Nordmann, Finnish zoologist (d. 1866)
- 1855Arthur Wing Pinero, English playwright (d. 1934)
- 1931Michael Lonsdale, French actor
- 1949Tomaž Pisanski, Slovenian mathematician
- 1955David Leonard, American guitarist, singer and songwriter
- 1967Steve McDonald, American bassist (Redd Kross)
- 1968Mo Willems, American author and screenwriter
- 1995Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein
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