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Once Upon A Time – May 24 – 1738 – John Wesley Is Converted, Launching The Methodist Movement

1595 Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library

1738 John Wesley is converted, launching the Methodist movement; celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day

1844 Samuel Morse taps out “What hath God wrought” in the world’s first telegraph message

1883 Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Chester A. Arthur and NY Governor Grover Cleveland

1941 German battleship Bismarck sinks the British battle cruiser HMS Hood; 1,416 die, 3 survive

Historical Events Today Events in 2023

Today in Film & TV

1895 Henry Irving becomes the first actor to receive a knighthood

Today in Music

1956 1st Eurovision Song Contest: Lys Assia for Switzerland wins singing “Refrain” in Lugano

Today in Sport

1935 1st major league night baseball game, in Cincinnati (Reds 2, Philadelphia 1)

1978 American management consultant Marilyn Loden first coins the term “glass ceiling” to describe invisible career barriers for women

1976 In the Judgment of Paris, wine testers rate wines from California higher than their French counterparts, challenging the notion of France being the foremost producer of the world’s best wines

Famous Weddings

1917 Writer Walter Lippmann (27) weds Faye Albertson

1935 Swedish princess Ingrid marries Danish crown prince Frederik (IX)

1986 American country singer Garth Brooks (24) weds songwriter Sandy Mahl; divorce in 2001

London’s present Westminster Bridge was opened on this day, bringing to an end years of conflict which even involved the payment of a big bribe to the King – May 24, 1862

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