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24th May

1686 * Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, German physicist who invented the mercury thermometer.

1819 * Victoria, Queen of England from 1837.

1844 Samuel Morse transmitted the first message on the US telegraph line.

1883 Brooklyn Bridge over the East River opened.

1941 * Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman), US singer who recorded 'Blowing in the Wind'.

1941 The German battleship Bismark sank HMS Hood off the Greenland coast.

1946 * Priscilla Beauleiu Presley, US actress and former wife of singer Elvis Presley.

1956 The first Eurovision Song Contest was held at Lugano, Switzerland.

1958 The United Press and the International News Service merged to form United Press International (UPI).

1968 The President of France, Charles de Gaulle, issues an ultimatum to striking students and workers.

1976 The British and French Concordes made their first commercial flights.

1975 A group of 80 reporters and cameramen including nine Britons, were allowed to fly out of Saigon. The city had been the headquarters of the US military until 29 April when remaining US forces left Vietnam.

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

1999 Lawrence Dallaglio resigned as England's rugby union captain following newspaper allegations over hard drugs.

2000 Israeli troops pulled out of Lebanon after 18 consecutive years of occupation.

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