05/24/2024
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1901 – Denmark and the United States sign a treaty under which Denmark will sell the Danish West Indies to the United States for $5 million, but the sale will be postponed until after 1917.

1908 – Lieutenant General Robert Baden-Powell publishes “Scouting for Boys” as a manual for self-instruction in outdoor skills and self-improvement. The book became the inspiration for the Scout Movement.

1922 – Eskimo Pie patented by Christian K. Nelson of Iowa. He was not an Eskimo.

1935 – First canned beer, Krueger’s Cream Ale, is sold by American company Krueger Brewing.

1939 – Eddie Collins, Willie Keeler and George Sisler elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.

1940 – “The Grapes of Wrath”, directed by John Ford and based on John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name, starring Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell, is released.

1947 – National Football League adds fifth official, the back judge, and allows sudden death in playoffs.

1950 – Jackie Robinson signs $35,000 contract, the highest in Brooklyn Dodgers history.

1956 – Sixth NBA All-Star Game, Rochester War Memorial Coliseum, New York: West beats East 109-94. Most Valuable Player is St. Louis Hawks center Bob Petit.

1964 – 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution goes into effect and prohibits state governments from imposing taxes (a poll tax) on voters as a condition for voting during federal elections.

1973 – Warren Spahn is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1976 – 33rd Golden Globes: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, win.

1984 – Apple Computer Inc. unveils its revolutionary Macintosh personal computer.

1986 – Voyager 2 makes first fly-by of Uranus. The spacecraft comes within 50,600 miles of the planet and finds new moons.

1994 – Dow Jones closes above 3,900 for first time (3,914.48).

1999 – David Duval eagles the 18th hole for a final round 58 to win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic at PGA West. He becomes the third player to fire a sub-60 round on the PGA Tour.

2006 – Walt Disney International and Bob Iger announce it is buying computer animation films studio Pixar for $7.4 billion.

2016 – NFC Championship, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC: Carolina Panthers beat Arizona Cardinals 49-15.

2018 – Former US Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar found guilty of molesting over 150 girls. He is sentenced up to 175 years in prison.

2023 – Third baseman Scott Rolen, who played for the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals, is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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