This Day in History :: 24 May
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24 May 1962 : M Scott Carpenter aboard Aurora 7 launched into Earth orbit
24 May 1961 : 27 Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Mississippi
24 May 1960 : 1 millionth Dutch telephone installed
24 May 1959 : 1st house with built-in bomb shelter exhibited (Pleasant Hills Pa)
24 May 1959 : Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in England
24 May 1958 : "New Girl in Town" closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 432 performances
24 May 1958 : UP and International News Service merge into United Press International
24 May 1957 : Anti American riots breakout in Taipei, Taiwan
24 May 1957 : Heavy earthquake strikes Colombia
24 May 1954 : 1st rocket attains 150 mi (241 km) altitude, White Sands, New Mexico
24 May 1954 : Dr Peter Murray Marshall becomes 1st black to head an AMA unit
24 May 1954 : German airline Lufthansa forms
24 May 1954 : IBM announces vacuum tube "electronic" brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour
24 May 1953 : Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Doctor Mellifluus
24 May 1951 : Racial segregation in Washington DC restaurants ruled illegal









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