11 Things That Happened This Day In History - 24th May

Here is a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history

1. 1819 - Britain's Queen Victoria is born

2. 1883 - The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City, opens to traffic

3. 1941 - Bob Dylan is born

4. 1964 - Following the referee’s decision to disallow a goal in the last few minutes in a qualifier for the 1964 Olympics in a soccer match between Peru and Argentina, the Peru fans riot. 300 fans are crushed and killed

5. 1968 - The President of France, Charles de Gaulle, issues an ultimatum of 'Back me or sack me' to striking students and workers

6. 1975 - A group of 80 reporters and cameramen - including nine Britons - are allowed to fly out of Saigon as it falls to communist forces

7. 1978 - Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth II of England, is divorced from after 18 years of marriage from her husband, Earl Snowdon.

8. 1989 - A jury at the High Court in London awards £600,000 damages to Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, against the satirical magazine Private Eye

9. 1995 - Heidi Fleiss, who ran a high class prostitution operation in Hollywood, is sentenced to three years in prison and fined $1,500 for running a call girl ring that catered to the rich and famous

10. 1999 - Lawrence Dallaglio resigns as England's Rugby Union captain

11. 2000 - Israeli troops pull out of Lebanon, after 18 years of occupation

Source: BBC, Wikipedia, historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk, brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com

images: © May S. Young, © Andra MIhali

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