Andrews Mc Meel Almanac For May 24, 2019


Today is the 144th day of 2019 and the 66th day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1844, Samuel Morse sent the first electrical telegraph message, "What hath God wrought," from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to an assistant in Baltimore.

In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opened in New York City.

In 1941, the German battleship Bismarck sunk the British battle cruiser HMS Hood, killing 1,415 crewmen and leaving just three survivors.

In 1994, the four men convicted of the 1993 bombing of New York's World Trade Center were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Queen Victoria (1819-1901), British monarch; H.B. Reese (1879-1956), candy maker; Bob Dylan (1941- ), singer-songwriter; Patti LaBelle (1944- ), singer-songwriter; Priscilla Presley (1945- ), actress; Jim Broadbent (1949- ), actor; Kristen Scott Thomas (1960- ), actress; Michael Chabon (1963- ), author; John C. Reilly (1965- ), actor; Joey Logano (1990- ), race car driver.

TODAY'S FACT: In 1864, a telegram containing the 16,543-word Nevada Constitution arrived in Washington, D.C. after being sent two days earlier from Carson City, Nevada. It is thought to be the longest telegram ever sent, at a cost of $4,303.27.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1964, a riot erupted at National Stadium in Lima, Peru, after a referee's call during a soccer match between Peru and Argentina. More than 300 fans were killed and more than 500 were injured.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "It's always been hard for me to tell the difference between denial and what used to be known as hope." -- Michael Chabon, "Wonder Boys"

TODAY'S NUMBER: 14,680 -- the total weight, in tons, of the Brooklyn Bridge.

TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (May 18) and last quarter moon (May 26).

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