What Happened on May 24


Historical Events

1832 – The First Kingdom of Greece is declared in the London Conference
1923 – Stanley Baldwin succeeds Andrew Bonar Law as British Prime Minister
1988 – Power outage in Boston Garden in NHL’s Stanley Cup finals
1993 – Kim Basinger files for bankruptcy to avoid paying $7.4M settlement
2018 – Record US fentanyl seizure of 120lbs (54kg) confirmed by police in Nebraska in April, enough to kill 26 million people, one of largest drug busts in US history
2020 – Millions of cicadas in a once in 17-year event about to emerge from the earth in the US south posing crop danger and noise issues, according to scientists from Virginia Tech

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Famous Birthdays

1840 – Frederick Walker, British social realist painter, born in London (d. 1875)
1945 – Priscilla Presley, American actress (Jenna-Dallas, Naked Gun), born in Brooklyn, New York
1963 – Vivian Trimble, American alt-rock keyboardist (Luscious Jackson; Dusty Trails), born in New York City (d. 2023)
1965 – Shinichirō Watanabe, Japanese anime director (Samurai Champloo), born in Kyoto, Japan
1976 – Catherine Cox, Australian netballer, born in Whangarei, New Zealand
1979 – Tracy McGrady, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA All-Star 2001–07; NBA scoring champion 2003, 04; Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets), born in Bartow, Florida

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Famous Deaths

1136 – Hugues de Payens, French co-founder of The Knights Templar and its first Grand Master, dies at about 66
1826 – Friedrich Fesca, German violinist and composer, dies of tuberculosis at 37
1956 – Guy Kibbee, American actor (Capt Blood, Babes in Arms), dies at 74
2002 – Wallace Markfield, American writer (b. 1926)
2010 – Ray Alan, English ventriloquist and television entertainer (Lord Charles), dies at 79
2022 – Thomas Ulsrud, Norwegian curler (World C’ship gold [skip] 2014; Olympics silver 2010), dies from cancer at 50

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