Tuesday, May 24, 2005
1487: Ten-year-old imposter Lambert Simnel is crowned as "Edward VI" at Dublin. It doesn't work, and he will find himself with a job as a turnspit in King Henry VII's kitchen.
1543: Canon lawyer Nicolaus Copernicus dies, willing his papers, including his De revolutionibus, to his close friend, the Bishop of Warmia, who has them published.
1626: In one of the largest private real estate transactions to date, Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island for the Dutch West India Company for 60 guilders in trade goods.
1689: The English parliament passes the Act of Toleration, which disenfranchises Catholics.
1787: A convention to discuss drafting a new constitution to replace the Articles of Confederation meets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1839: Mary Josepha Hale publishes a new poem, Mary Had a Little Lamb, which apparently is based on a real incident at a schoolhouse in Sterling, Massachusetts.
1844: Samuel F.B. Morse sends the first electric telegraph message between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. He asks "What has God wrought?" Many people still wonder that about Washington.
1870: Benjamin Nathan Cardozo is born in New York City.
1883: After fourteen years of construction, the Brooklyn Bridge opens in New York City.
1899: The first multi-story parking garage opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
1929: The film The Cocoanuts, "Paramount's All Talking-Singing Musical Comedy Hit!," opens. It's the first screen appearance of the Marx Brothers.
1958: United Press and the International News Service merge to form United Press International.
1980: The International Court of Justice calls on Iran to release American hostages taken from the U.S. Embassy. Impressed, the Iranians release them just seven months later.