1686 ~ Gabriel Fahrenheit the German inventor and thermometer maker was born on the 24th day of May in 1686 (d. 1736).
1830 ~ Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale was published on the 24th day of May in 1830.
1844 ~ Samuel Morse sent 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 assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore, Maryland to inaugurate the first telegraph line on the 24th day of May in 1844.
1930 ~ Amy Johnson landed in Darwin, Northern Territory on the 24th day of May in 1930 becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia (she left on May 5 for the 11,000 mile flight).
1940 ~ Igor Sikorsky performed the first successful single rotor helicopter flight on the 24th day of May in 1940.
1941 ~ Bob Dylan the American singer and songwriter was born on the 24th day of May in 1941.
1944 ~ Patti LaBelle the American R&B singer, songwriter and actress was born on the 24th day of May in 1944.
1945 ~ Priscilla Presley the American actress was born on the 24th day of May in 1945.
1956 ~ The Eurovision Song Contest was held for the first time on the 24th day of May in 1956, in Lugano, Switzerland.
1969 ~ Anne Heche the American actress was born on the 24th May 1969.
1972 ~ Layne Beachley the Australian former professional surfer from Manly, New South Wales was born on the 24th May 1972. Layne Beachley won the World Surfing Championship 7 times. Layne’ Beachley’s official website: www.LayneBeachley.com | verified Twitter.com/LayneCBeachley | Facebook.com/LayneBeachleyOfficial | Youtube.com/user/LayneBeachley/videos | YouTube video: Layne Beachley ~ Profile: One successful child from down Under is the original Aussie, surf animal and also 8-time world champ Layne Beachley from Sydney. She’s not only the reigning competition queen and big wave charger but also a business woman. She paved the way for women surfers and changed the way the world looks at woman in surfing…
1981 ~ Andy Lee the Australian comedian was born Andrew Lee on the 24th May 1981. Since 2003, Andy has worked live on television and radio with Hamish Blake as part of the comedy duo Hamish and Andy. Andy Lee is best known as the bloke who dates girls out of his league since his unexplainable 4 year relationship with model Megan Gale. Visit Andy @ www.HamishAndAndy.com
2001 ~ Temba Tsheri the 15 year old Sherpa became the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest on the 24th day of May in 2001.
Today in History for May 24th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…