Today in History

Published Time: 2019-05-24 10:06:27

Company: ABC News - Author: N/A

  • Today in History Today is Friday, May 24, the 144th day of 2019.
  • Today's Highlight in History: On May 24, 1994, four Islamic fundamentalists convicted of bombing New York's World Trade Center in 1993 were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
  • In 1941, the German battleship Bismarck sank the British battle cruiser HMS Hood in the North Atlantic, killing all but three of the 1,418 men on board.
  • In 2001, 23 people were killed when the floor of a Jerusalem wedding hall collapsed beneath dancing guests, sending them plunging several stories into the basement.
  • In 2017, Ariana Grande suspended her Dangerous Woman world tour and canceled several European shows due to the deadly bombing at her concert in Manchester, England, two days earlier.
  • Ten years ago: Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts returned to Earth, ending a 13 day mission to repair and enhance the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Five years ago: A lone gunman opened fire at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, killing four people.
  • Pope Francis, in Jordan, denounced arms dealers and appealed for an urgent end to the Syrian civil war at the start of a three day trip to the Middle East.
  • The president abruptly canceled a planned summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, blaming "open hostility" from North Korea.
  • (A week later, Trump announced that the summit would take place in mid June.) Trump granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, more than 100 years after what many see as a racially charged conviction for violating the Mann Act by traveling with his white girlfriend.
  • A gunman was shot and killed by two bystanders after opening fire at an Oklahoma City restaurant and wounding three patrons.
  • Today's Birthdays: Actor comedian impressionist Stanley Baxter is 93.

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