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UPI Almanac for Friday, May 24, 2024

On May 24, 2022, a mass shooting at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school left 19 students and two adults dead. Law enforcement officers fatally shot the gunman.

By United Press International
A young girl participating in the March Fourth rally to ban assault weapons holds a "Uvalde Strong" sign outside the Senate office buildings at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on July 13. On May 24, 2022, a mass shooting at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school left 19 students and two adults dead. Law enforcement officers fatally shot the gunman. File Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI
1 of 5 | A young girl participating in the March Fourth rally to ban assault weapons holds a "Uvalde Strong" sign outside the Senate office buildings at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on July 13. On May 24, 2022, a mass shooting at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school left 19 students and two adults dead. Law enforcement officers fatally shot the gunman. File Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI | License Photo

Today is Friday, May 24, the 145th day of 2024, with 221 to follow.

The moon is full. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Venus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include Polish inventor Gabriel Fahrenheit in 1686; French journalist/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/party-giver Elsa Maxwell, credited with introducing the "scavenger hunt," in 1883; actor Lilli Palmer in 1914; comedian Tommy Chong in 1938 (age 86); musician Bob Dylan, born Robert Zimmerman, in 1941 (age 83); actor Gary Burghoff in 1943 (age 81); singer Patti LaBelle, born Patricia Louise Holte, in 1944 (age 80); actor/businesswoman Priscilla Presley in 1945 (age 79); actor Jim Broadbent in 1949 (age 75); actor Alfred Molina in 1953 (age 71); singer Rosanne Cash in 1955 (age 69); actor Kristin Scott Thomas in 1960 (age 64); author Michael Chabon in 1963 (age 61); actor John C. Reilly in 1965 (age 59); rapper/actor Heavy D, born Dwight Errington Myers, in 1967; actor Brianne Howey in 1989 (age 35); stock car racer Joey Logano in 1990 (age 34); actor Daisy Edgar-Jones in 1998 (age 26); actor Charlie Plummer in 1999 (age 25).

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On this date in history:

In 1626, the Dutch West Indies Trading Co. bought the island of Manhattan from American 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 in New York City.

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 1943, Josef Mengele, the so-called "Angel of Death" became the new doctor at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. He fled Germany at the conclusion of World War II and died in 1979 in Brazil.

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.

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In 1991, Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia after a 30-year war that left hundreds of thousands dead.

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 2018, President Donald Trump posthumously pardoned Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, for his conviction under a Jim Crow-era law.

In 2022, a mass shooting at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school left 19 students and two adults dead. Law enforcement officers fatally shot the gunman.


A thought for the day: "Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me." -- American TV personality Fred Rogers

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