UPI Almanac for Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Brooklyn Bridge opens, Eritrea gains independence, a boost in the U.S. minimum wage ... on this date in history.

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Commuters cross the Brooklyn Bridge Nov. 2, 2012, days after Hurricane Sandy left parts of New York City without mass transit. UPI/John Angelillo
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Today is Saturday, May 24, the 144th day of 2014, with 221 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter Mars, Mercury and Saturn.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include Polish inventor Gabriel Fahrenheit in 1686; French journalist and revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat in 1743; British Queen Victoria in 1819; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo in 1870; H.B. Reese, inventor of the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, in 1879; hostess and party-giver Elsa Maxwell, credited with introducing the "scavenger hunt," in 1883; actor Lilli Palmer in 1914; comedian Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong in 1938 (age 76); musician Bob Dylan (born Robert Zimmerman) in 1941 (age 73); actor Gary Burghoff in 1943 (age 71); singer Patti LaBelle (born Patricia Louise Holte) in 1944 (age 70); actors Priscilla Presley, former wife of Elvis Presley, in 1945 (age 69), Jim Broadbent in 1949 (age 65) and Alfred Molina in 1953 (age 61); singer Rosanne Cash in 1955 (age 59); and actors Kristin Scott Thomas in 1960 (age 54) and John C. Reilly in 1965 (age 49).


On this date in history:

In 1626, the Dutch West Indies Trading Co. bought the island of Manhattan from Indians, paying with goods worth about $24.

In 1844, the first U.S telegraph line was formally opened -- between Baltimore and Washington.

In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was opened to the public, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan Island.

In 1935, the first night game in Major League Baseball was played at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. The Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1.

In 1958, United Press and the International News Service merged, forming United Press International.

In 1962, Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit Earth, circling it three times. John Glenn was the first, earlier in the year.

In 1983, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled private religious schools that practice racial discrimination aren't eligible for church-related tax benefits.

In 1987, 250,000 people jammed San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge on its 50th anniversary, temporarily flattening the arched span.

In 1991, Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia.

In 2007, the U.S. Congress voted to increase the minimum wage for the first time in 10 years -- from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 over a three-year period.


In 2009, the U.S. State Department said it planned to give equal benefits, including diplomatic passports, use of medical facilities, training and travel privileges, to same-sex partners of U.S. diplomats.

In 2011, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a joint session of the U.S. Congress he was willing to "give up parts of the Jewish homeland," primarily the West Bank, for a Palestinian state to guarantee peace.

in 2013, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, addressing allegations against him, said, "I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine."

A thought for the day: "Some women choose to follow men and some women choose to follow their dreams." -- Lady Gaga

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