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Today in history: May 24

Today in history: May 24
24 May
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Take a step back in time through the pages of The Sentinel. Also, get local births and celebrity birthdays.

Today in history

In 1983, after reviewing the results of a survey sent to Zeeland Township residents, City Council members in Zeeland voted unanimously not to move ahead with annexation plans. Council member Dennis Gebben told the council 43 percent of the 266 surveys sent to Zeeland Township residents for their opinion on the proposed annexation of a horseshoe-shaped area surrounding the city were returned.

On this day

In 1775, John Hancock was unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, succeeding Peyton Randolph.

In 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message “What hath God wrought” from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opened America’s first telegraph line.

In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, was dedicated by President Chester Alan Arthur and New York Gov. Grover Cleveland.

In 1918, Bela Bartok’s one-act opera “Bluebeard’s Castle” had its premiere in Budapest.

In 1937, in a set of rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Social Security Act of 1935.

In 1941, the German battleship Bismarck sank the British battle cruiser HMS Hood in the North Atlantic, killing all but three of the 1,418 men on board.

In 1958, United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.

In 1962, astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Aurora 7.

In 1968, the Rolling Stones single “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” was released in the United Kingdom by Decca Records.

In 1976, Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde supersonic transport service to Washington.

In 1980, Iran rejected a call by the World Court in The Hague to release the American hostages.

In 1994, four Islamic fundamentalists convicted of bombing New York’s World Trade Center in 1993 were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.

In 2001, 23 people were killed when the floor of a Jerusalem wedding hall collapsed beneath dancing guests, sending them plunging several stories into the basement.

Celebrity birthdays

Mark Ballas is 32.

Tommy Chong is 80.

Bob Dylan is 77.

Eric Close is 51.

Births

Zeeland Hospital/Spectrum Health

May 15, 2018

A son, Donovan Xavier Gamboa, to Araceli Velasquez and Joe Gamboa of Holland.

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