May 24

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1218 – The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt. 1626 – Peter Minuit buys Manhattan. 1830 – “Mary Had a Little Lamb” by Sarah Josepha Hale is published. 1844 – Samuel Morse sends the message “What hath God wrought” (a biblical quotation, Numbers 23:23) from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the United States Capitol to his
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May 23

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1059 – Henri I crowns his son King Philip I of France 1430 – Joan of Arc is captured at Compiegne and sold to the English 1493 – King Charles VIII and Maximilian I of Austria signs Peace of Senlis 1568 – The Netherlands declare independence from Spain. 1701 – Captain William Kidd is hanged in London after being convicted of piracy and of
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May 20

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1293 – Earthquake strikes Kamakura Japan, 30,000 killed 1303 – Treaty of Paris restores Gascony to the English and arranges for marriage of English Prince Edward to French Princess Isabella 1521 – Ignatius Loyola seriously wounded by a cannon ball (and it wasn’t dropped on his toe.) 1639 – Dorchester Mass, forms first school funded by local
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332 – Constantine the Great announced free distributions of food to the citizens in Constantinople. 1096 – First Crusade: Around 800 Jews are massacred in Worms, Germany 1291 – Fall of Acre, the end of Crusader presence in the Holy Land 1565 – The Great Siege of Malta begins, in which Ottoman forces attempt and fail to conquer Malta. 1631 –
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1521 – Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason. 1536 – George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford and four other men are executed for treason. 1536 – The annulment of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s marriage. 1673 – Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring the Mississippi River. 1775 – American Revolutionary
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1527 – Florence becomes a republic 1606 – 2,000 foreigners murdered in Russia 1792 – Denmark abolishes slave trade 1817 – Mississippi River steamboat service begins 1861 – Kentucky proclaims its neutrality Jean Joseph Étienne Lenoir (1822-1900), inventor of the gas engine 1862 – Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir a Belgian engineer developed the
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609 – Pope Boniface I turns Pantheon in Rome into a Catholic church 1110 – Crusaders march into Beirut causing a bloodbath 1497 – Pope Alexander VI  excommunicated Girolamo Savonarola, Italian Dominican friar and an influential contributor to the politics of Florence. He vehemently preached against the moral corruption of much of the clergy at the time,
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1328 – Antipope Nicholas V, a claimant to the papacy, is consecrated in Rome by the Bishop of Venice 1733 – Maria Theresa crowned Queen of Bohemia in Prague 1835 – Charles Darwin visits copper mines in North Chile 1908 – Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B Stubblefield 1926 – Airship Norge is first vessel to fly over North Pole
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868 – A copy of the Diamond Sutra is printed in China, making it the oldest known dated printed book 1647 – Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam to replace Willem Kieft as Director-General of New Netherland, the Dutch colonial settlement in present-day New York City 1812 – Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by […]

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28 BCE – A sunspot is observed by Han dynasty astronomers during the reign of Emperor Cheng of Han, one of the earliest dated sunspot observations in China. 1497 – Amerigo Vespucci  leaves Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World. 1503 – Christopher Columbus visits the Cayman Islands and names them Las Tortugas […]