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What Happened On This Day In History?
Friday, May 24th 2013
Today is the 144th day of 2013. There are 221 days left in this year.
The first passenger railroad in the United States began service between Baltimore and Elliott's Mills, Md.
Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message, ''What hath God wrought!'' from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opened America's first telegraph line.
Some 200 people died when the Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sank near London, Ontario.
The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, was opened to traffic.
The first major-league baseball game played at night took place at Cincinnati's Crosley Field as the Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1.
The German battleship Bismarck sank the British dreadnought Hood in the North Atlantic.
United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde service to Washington.
Al Unser Jr. became the first second-generation winner of the Indianapolis 500; his father, four-time winner Al Unser, finished third.
Four men convicted of bombing New York's World Trade Center were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
''Hollywood Madam'' Heidi Fleiss was sentenced to three years in prison and fined $1,500 for running a call girl ring that catered to the rich and famous.
Israeli troops pulled out unilaterally from south Lebanon, ending 18 yearsof occupation.
Queen Victoria was born in London.