This Day in History on 24 May

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam. 

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on the 24th of May. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days:

National Patriots’ Day

Important Events:

1844: Samuel Morse, the inventor of the telegraph, send the first sign language message from Washington to Baltimore.

1875: Sir Sayed Ahmed Khan established Mohmmad Anglo Oriental School which was renamed in 1920 as ‘Aligarh Muslim University’.

1557: Sikandar Sur was compelled to surrender Mankot in Punjab.

1956: Gautam Buddha’s 2500th birth anniversary was celebrated.

1990: Surjit Singh Barnala sworn in as Governor of Tamil Nadu.

1991: The body of Rajiv Gandhi, India’s assassinated former premier and son of the late Indira Gandhi, was cremated in New Delhi today. He was killed by a suicide bomber in the southern state of Tamil Nadu three days ago.

1993: India and Uzbekistan sign five pacts.

1994: Four Muslim terrorists were sentenced to 240 years in prison each for February 26, 1993, the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York.

2000: The Supreme Court rejects the proposal for setting up benches outside Delhi.

2000: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated INSAT-3B, a satellite developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

2001: Sherpa Tebba Trethi became the youngest person to climb Mount Everest at the age of 18.

2002: Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.

Birthday / Anniversary:

1686: Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, a physicist, inventor, and scientific instrument maker. 

1813: Krishna Mohan Bandopadhyay, leader, essay writer and journalist in Bengal, was born.

1819: Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

1896: Kartar Singh Sarabha, an Indian revolutionary.

1899: Kazi Nazrul Islam, a Bengali poet, writer, musician, and the national poet of Bangladesh.

1933: Hemchandra Tukaram Dani, cricketer, was born in Dudhani, Maharashtra.

1954: Bachendri Pal, an Indian mountaineer.

1955: Rajesh Roshan, a Hindi cinema music director, and composer.

1973: Shirish Kunder, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter

1965: Rajdeep Sardesai, an Indian news anchor, multimedia journalist, and author.

K. S. Hegde

Death / Death Anniversary:

1543: Nicolaus Copernicus, a mathematician, astronomer, and Catholic clergyman.

1903: Hemchandra Bandopadhyay, famous Bengali poet, passed away.

1950: Archibald Wavell, former Viceroy of India.

1984: Vincent James McMahon, Founder of WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment).

1990: K. S. Hegde, former President of Parliament, passed away.

Majrooh Sultanpuri
Majrooh Sultanpuri

1992: D. R. Bhagwat, veteran journalist, passed away.

1993: Bulo C Rani, a prominent Indian music director. 

1995: Harold Wilson, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 

1999: Noted wrestling coach Dronacharya awardee Guru Hanuman passed away in a road accident near Meerut.

2000: Majrooh Sultanpuri, Indian poet and songwriter (b. 1919)

Further Reading

Month-wise This Day in History

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