Today in History for 24th May 2021

Historical Events

1854 – Escaped slave Anthony Burns is arrested by US Deputy marshals in Boston under the Fugitive Slave Act
1862 – Westminster Bridge across The Thames opens in London, England, second bridge replacing earlier bridge fallen into decay
1883 – Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur and NY Governor Cleveland
1922 – Russian-Italian trade agreement signed
1971 – A commuter bus plunges into Panama Canal, killing 38 of 43 aboard
1983 – Supreme Court rules government can deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminated against students

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Famous Birthdays

1751 – Charles Emanuel IV, King of Sardinia (1796-1802), born in Turin (d. 1819)
1803 – Charles Lucien Bonaparte, French prince of Canino and Musignano, born in Paris (d. 1857)
1905 – Zdeněk Blažek, Czech composer and music theorist (Verchovina), born in Žarošice, Moravia (d. 1988)
1931 – Michael Lonsdale, French actor (The Day of the Jackal, Moonraker), born in Paris, France (d. 2020)
1972 – Danny Bautista, Dominican baseball outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
1987 – Guillaume Latendresse, French-Canadian hockey player, born in Sainte-Catherine, Quebec, Canada

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Famous Deaths

1612 – Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and English Prime Minister (1598-1612), dies at 48
1994 – Yehuda Mor-Mirkovsky, Israeli kibbutz-founder, dies at 96
1996 – Jack McCarthy, kiddie show host (Popeye), dies of cancer at 81
2004 – Edward Wagenknecht, American literary critic (b. 1900)
2010 – Paul Gray, American heavy metal bassist (Slipknot), dies of a drug overdose at 38
2014 – Stormé DeLarverie, American gay rights leader (Stonewall protests), dies at 93

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