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This Day in History – May 24, 2011




1738 Methodist Church is established 1818 General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola FL 1830 “Mary Had A Little Lamb” is written 1830 1st passenger rail service in US (Baltimore & Elliots Mill, Maryland) 1844 Samual FB Morse taps out “What hath God wrought” (1st telegraph message) 1854 Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, 1st Black college in US forms by Presbyterians 1856 Pottawatomie Massacre took place in Kansas 1866 Berkeley CA named (for George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne) 1883 Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur & Governor Cleveland 1884 Anti-Monopoly party & Greenback Party form People’s Party in the US 1895 Henry Irving becomes 1st theatrical knight 1899 1st auto repair shop opens (Boston) 1915 Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations 1930 1st woman to fly from England to Australia solo, lands (Amy Johnson) 1930 Babe Ruth homers in both games of a doubleheader, giving him 9 in one week 1931 1st air-conditioned train installed-B&O Railroad 1954 IBM announces vacuum tube “electronic” brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour 1961 27 Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson MS 1970 Peter Queen quits Fleetwood Mac to join a religious cult 1980 “Rock Lobster” by B-52’s hits #56 1986 Reginald Huffstetler treds water for 985 hours 1988 John Moschitta set record for fast talking: 586 words per minute 1994 Poison singer Bret Michaels gets into a car crash]]]]> ]]>

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