May 24th

May 24th is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 221 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).


May 24th
Samuel Finley Breese Morse, 1840

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 assistant, Alfred Vail, in BaltimoreMaryland, to inaugurate a commercial telegraph line between Baltimore and Washington D.C.




First Dates – Morse Code



May 24th
Brooklyn Bridge, looking west from Brooklyn, July 1899

1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction.







Darren Hanlon – Brooklyn Bridge



May 24th
A mob beats Freedom Riders in Birmingham. This picture was reclaimed by the FBI from a local journalist who also was beaten and whose camera was smashed.

1961 – American civil rights movementFreedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi, for “disturbing the peace” after disembarking from their bus.






Phil Ochs – Freedom Riders