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 This day in History - May 24
434 Historic Events for May 24
1957

Heavy earthquake strikes Colombia

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1957

John G Rowland, (Rep-R-CT, 1985- )

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1958

"New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 432 perfs

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1958

Pres Batista opens offensive against Fidel Castro's rebellion

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1958

UP and International News Service merge into United Press International

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1959

John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State (1953-59), dies at 71

Death
1959

George Glanos, horse trainer

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1959

1st house with built-in bomb shelter exhibited (Pleasant Hills Pa)

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1959

Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in England

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1960

1 millionth Dutch telephone installed

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1960

Pete Metzelaars, NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, GB Packers, Lions)

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1961

27 Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Mississippi

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1961

Explorer (12) fails to reach Earth orbit

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1962

M Scott Carpenter aboard Aurora 7 launched into Earth orbit

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1962

Bev Lidyoff, Huntington Park Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-7th-1994)

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1962

Dorothy Trapp, equestrian 3-day (Olympics-96)

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1963

Gene Anthony Ray, Harlem NY, dancer/actor (Leroy-Fame)

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1963

Elmore James, blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack

Death
1963

Horace Holden Jr, Atlanta GA, slalom double canoe (Olympics-11th-96)

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1963

Joe Dumars, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)

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1963

Ken Ftach, St Louis Mo, tennis star

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1963

1st Lockheed A-12 to crash, CIA pilot Ken Collins ejects safely

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1964

Elizabeth McColgan, British running star (world record 5 km indoor)

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1964

Longest HR (471') in Balt Memorial Stadium (Harmon Killebrew, Minn)

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1964

Pat Verbeek, Sarnia Ont, NHL forward (Team Canada, NY Rangers)

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