May 24

1844

Samuel Morse transmitted the first telegraph message, in which he asked, "What hath God wrought?"

1883

The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City, opened to traffic.

1899

W.T. McCullough of Boston, Mass., opened the first public garage. One could rent space for selling, storing and repairing vehicles.

1935

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.

1958

The United Press and the International News Service merged to form United Press International (UPI).

1976

The British and French Concordes made their first commercial flights.

2000

Israeli troops pulled out of Lebanon after 18 consecutive years of occupation.

2001

Vermont senator James Jeffords quit the Republican Party and became an Independent, giving Democrats control of the Senate.

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