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This Day in History is DUE’s daily dose of trivia for all the history buffs out there. So sit back and take a ride of all the fascinating things that happened today!

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in people, and hence, every day has been a significant one in the foibles of history. Now, let’s take a tour of “This Day in History – 24th May”.

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1686: Birth of Fahrenheit

The inventor of the alcohol thermometer, the mercury thermometer and the Fahrenheit temperature scale, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit was born on this day. He also holds various other discoveries to his credit like variation of boiling points with atmospheric pressure. He was a physicist, inventor and scientific instrument maker. 

Source – The Asian Age

1819: Queen Victoria was born

The Queen of the United Kingdom, Alexandrina Victoria was born on this day at the Kensington Palace, London. She ruled over the United Kingdom and Ireland from 1837 to 1901. She also held the title of the Empress of India from 1876 to 1901. The Victorian age is named after her.

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Queen Victoria
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1941: Bob Dylan was born

Robert Allen Zimmerman, Bob Dylan was born on this day in Minnesota, US. One of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 20th century, Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016. He has reinvented his style throughout his career while facing the ups and downs of his personal life. This day marks the 80th birthday of this remarkable star. 

Bob Dylan
Source – The Guardian

1954: Birth of Bachendri Pal

Bachendri Pal, who became the first Indian woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest was born on this day at Nakuri. She achieved the remarkable feat in 1984 after which she led Various women expeditions to Mt. Everest, Ganges and a Himalayan transit. 

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Bachendri Pal
Source – Edex

2000: Israel ends its occupation of southern Lebanon

On this day in the year 2000, Israel withdrew its troops from its self-declared security zone in Southern Lebanon. The military occupation lasted for about 22 years. 

Source – The Guardian

2000: Majrooh Sultanpuri’s demise 

It was on this day 21 years ago that India lost its magnificent lyricist and revolutionary poet. Majrooh Sultanpuri gave Bollywood its priceless hit songs that still haven’t left our minds. Be it ‘O mere dil ke chain’ or ‘Pehla Nasha, Pehla Khumar’, his 50-year long career holds a lot of love. He was arrested in 1951 for reciting a poem against the then Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru. 

Majrooh Sulttanpuri
Source – Rekhta
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