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Thursday, May 24, 2018
  | -- Yesterday -- | 

878 Alfred the Great defeats the Danes at Edington, imposing peace
1430Burgundians capture Joan of Arc, for the English
1493Peace of Senlis
1533King Henry VIII declares marriage to Catherine of Aragon null & void
1618The Defenestration of Prague sets off the Thirty Years War
1660King Charles II returns to England from exile in the Netherlands
1706Battle of Ramillies: Marlborough defeats French
1775Patrick Henry says "Give me Liberty or give me death!"
1861White Virginian men vote 3 to 1 in favor of secession
1862Valley Campaign: Stonewall Jackson takes Front Royal, Virginia
1864Battle of North Anna, Va, 1st of 3 days of fighting
1864Battle of Dallas, GA
1865Grand Review of the Union Army begins in Washington, DC
1873Canada's North West Mounted Police force established
1911New York Public Library dedicated
1915Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary
1928Bomb attack on Italian embassy in Buenos Aires, 22 die
1939US sub Squalus sinks off Portsmouth, NH; 26 die, 33 rescued next day
1939Britain's George Cross presented for the first time
1945German island of Helgoland in North Sea surrenders to British
1958Mao Tse tung starts "the Great Leap Forward" in China, millions die
1960Israel announces capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina
  Today in Military History 

May 24, 2018
1658Battle of Dunes
1689English Parliament guarantees freedom of religion, for Protestants
1764James Otis coins the phrase "taxation without representation."
1818Gen Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola, Florida, from the Spanish
1822Battle of Pichincha, Bolivar secures independence of Peru
1846Mexican War: Gen Zachary Taylor captures Monterey
1861Maj Gen Benjamin Butler declares slaves "contraband of war"
1861Alexandria, VA occupied by Federal troops
1877The Prince of Wales (King Edward VII) meets Lillie Langtry
1883Brooklyn Bridge opens
1900Anglo-Boer War: Britain annexes Orange Free State
1915Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary
1916Conscription begins in Britain
1921British Legion formed by World War I veterans
1930Amy Johnson lands at Port Darwin after flying from London
1939First use of McCann Rescue Chamber, saves 33 from sunken sub Squalus
1941Bismarck sinks British battle cruiser Hood, 1416 die
1944U.S. carrier aircraft attack Wake Island.
1944Enver Hoxha becomes head of Albanian anti-fascist movement
1958Pres Batista opens offensive against Fidel Castro's rebellion
1959Pleasant Hills, Pa: 1st house with built-in bomb shelter exhibited
1962M Scott Carpenter aboard Aurora 7 launched into Earth orbit
1980Iran rejects a call by World Court to release US hostages
1989French war criminal Paul Touvier arrested in a monastery in Nice
  | -- Tomorrow -- | 

1085Alfonso VI of Castile liberates Toledo from the Moors
1784Marshal Mnizzek expells the Jews from Warsaw
1787Constitutional Convention opens
1810Argentina declares independence from Spain
1860Garibaldi and the "Red Shirts" occupy Palermo
1862Battle of Winchester, VA
1864Battle of New Hope Church, GA
1870Irish Fenians raid Eccles Hill, Quebec
1919Navy NC-4 flying boat completes Atlantic flight to Portugal (from 16th)
1925Scopes "Monkey Trial" begins, Dayton, Tennessee
1940German troops reach the Channel near Boulogne
1949Chinese Red army occupies Shanghai
1953First atomic cannon electronically fired, Frenchman Flat, Nevada
1961NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,770 m
1961JFK promises to put a man on the Moon by the end of '60s
1979Israel begins withdrawal from Sinai, to implement peace with Egypt
1991Israel evacuates 14,000 Ethiopian Jews