Today In History




Today in History: Sunday, May  24, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On May 24, 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message, "What hath God wrought!" from Washington to Baltimore as he opened America's first telegraph line.
 
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On this date in:
1819Queen Victoria was born in London.
1830The first passenger railroad in the United States began service between Baltimore and Ellicott Mills, Md.
1883The Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic.
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1935The first major league baseball game played at night took place at Cincinnati's Crosley Field. The Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1.
1958United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
1962Astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Aurora 7.
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1976Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde service to Washington.
1994Four men convicted of bombing New York's World Trade Center in 1993 were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
2000Israeli troops pulled out of southern Lebanon, ending 18 years of occupation.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
R&B singer Patti LaBelle turns 71 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Tommy ChongComedian (Cheech and Chong)77
Bob DylanRock singer, songwriter74
Gary BurghoffActor ("M*A*S*H")72
Priscilla PresleyActress70
Jim BroadbentActor66
Rosanne CashSinger60
Kristin Scott ThomasActress55
John C. ReillyActor50
Brad PennyBaseball player37
Actor Alfred Molina turns 62 years old today.
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SOURCE: The Associated Press