On this day, May 24 …
1994: Four Islamic fundamentalists convicted of bombing New York’s World Trade Center in 1993 are each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
Also on this day:
- 1844: Samuel F.B. Morse transmits the message “What hath God wrought” from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opens America’s first telegraph line.
- 1883: The Brooklyn Bridge opens in New York City in a ceremony attended by President Chester Arthur and Gov. Grover Cleveland.
- 1935: The first night game in Major League Baseball history is played after President Franklin Roosevelt activates a switch that turns the lights on at Crosley Field in Cincinnati.
- 1937: The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of the Social Security Act of 1935.
- 1968: The Rolling Stones single “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” is released in Britain by Decca Records.
- 1991: “Thelma & Louise,” starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, is released by MGM.
- 1995: “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss is sentenced to three years in prison and fined $1,500 for running a call-girl ring that catered to the rich and famous.
- 2001: The state of Maryland dismisses its wiretapping case against Linda Tripp after a judge disallows most of Monica Lewinsky’s testimony.
- 2014: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West wed in a Renaissance fortress in Florence, Italy.
- 2018: After a Justice Department briefing, Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, says there is no evidence to support claims that there was a government spy in President Trump’s campaign.
- 2018: Trump grants a rare posthumous pardon to boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, more than 100 years after what many see as a racially charged conviction for violating the Mann Act by traveling with his white girlfriend.
- 2019: Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signs a bill that bans abortions on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy without exceptions for cases of rape or incest, making it among the most restrictive abortion policies in the nation.
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