On this day

Former British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech at the British Academy, London, 2016. In 2019, Under pressure for her handling of Brexit, she announced her resignation as leader of the Conservative party, on June 7. She remained Prime Minister until a new Tory leader was elected in late July 2019. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 24 May?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

Former British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech at the British Academy, London, 2016. In 2019, Under pressure for her handling of Brexit, she announced her resignation as leader of the Conservative party, on June 7. She remained Prime Minister until a new Tory leader was elected in late July 2019. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 24 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 24 MAY

2019 |  Under pressure for her handling of Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation as leader of the Conservative party, on June 7. She remained Prime Minister until a new Tory leader was elected in late July 2019.

2014 | A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck k the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey and injured 324 people.

2019 | 19 students died in a fire in Surat, India.

2014 | At least three people were killed in a shooting at Brussels’ Jewish Museum of Belgium.

1993 | Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo and five other people were killed in a shootout at the International Airport in Guadalajara.

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BIRTHDAYS

1956 | English lawyer, and politician, Attorney General for England and Wales, Dominic Grieve.

1978 | American baseball player, Brad Penny.

1988 | American sergeant, Monica Lin Brown.

1963 | American computer scientist and educator, Valerie Taylor.

1974 | French runner and actor, Sébastien Foucan.

1943 | American actor, Gary Burghoff.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2015 | English rugby player, Dean Carroll, 53.

2013 | American journalist and author, Haynes Johnson, 82.

2000 | Indian poet and songwriter, Majrooh Sultanpuri, 81.

2013 | Welsh footballer, Ron Davies, 71.

2012 | Belgian psychoanalyst and author, Jacqueline Harpman, 83.

2010 | American businessman and activist, Raymond V. Haysbert, 90.

SPORTS

2000 | On this day, Indoor international football arrived in Britain for the first time when Brazil beat Wales 3-0 under a closed roof at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

ENTERTAINMENT

2019 | “Rim of the World” was streamed on Netflix on this day for the first time

AFRICA FACT

Africa has the shortest coastline despite being the second largest continent in the world.