This Day in History: May 24

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.