May 24th

23 die in the Jerusalem wedding hall disaster. Hundreds of wedding guests fell two stories deep when a portion of the third floor collapsed. The tragedy was Israel's worst civil disaster.
Versailles wedding hall disaster
Israeli troops pulled out of Lebanon after 18 consecutive years of occupation.
Israeli disengagement from Gaza
Four men convicted of bombing New York's World Trade Center in 1993 were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
Ramzi Yousef
Section 28 is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom which prohibited the promotion of homosexuality. Repealed 2001/2004.
Talk:Section 28
Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde service to Washington.
Astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Aurora 7.
Scott Carpenter
United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
United Press International
The first Eurovision Song Contest is held. Lys Assia won the first edition for Switzerland. The ESC is a major song contest in Europe and one of the world's longest-running TV programs. It is held in a different country each year.
Eurovision Song Contest 1956
German battleship Bismarck sinks the British battle cruiser HMS Hood; 1,416 die, 3 survive.
German battleship Bismarck
Major League Baseball’s first night game was played under the lights at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field as the hometown Reds defeated Philadelphia, 2–1.
Night game
Amy Johnson flies solo from England to Australia. The English aviatrix was the first woman to achieve this feat. Her 18,000 km (11,000 mi) flight aboard a de Havilland Gypsy Moth aircraft took her from Croydon, U.K. to Darwin, Australia in 19 days.
Amy Johnson
W.T. McCullough of Boston, Mass., opened the first public garage. One could rent space for selling, storing and repairing vehicles.
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The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City, opened to traffic.
Brooklyn Bridge
Engineers begin drilling the world's deepest hole. The Kola Superdeep Borehole had reached the unsurpassed depth of 12,262 meters (40,230 feett) before the project was abandoned due to lack of funding.
Kola Superdeep Borehole
Samuel Morse transmitted the first telegraph message, in which he asked, "What hath God wrought?".
Baltimore-Washington telegraph line
Mary had a little lamb is published. Sarah Josepha Hale's poem is one of the best-known English language nursery rhymes.
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Queen Victoria was born in London.
Queen Victoria
Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.