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On This Day…24.05

By ATWadmin On May 24th, 2007

1883 – After 14 years of construction, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River is finally completed, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn for the first time.

1941 – German battleship Bismarck sinks the feared HMS Hood off Greenland with the loss of more than 1,400 lives. The ship explodes when a German shell hits the Hood’s ammunition store.

1964 – A riot breaks out during a football match between Peru and Argentina when the referee disallows a goal. More than 300 people are killed in the fighting. The riot reflects wider political tensions in the region.

1972 – The Black and White Minstrel Show, at London’s Victoria Palace, closes after completing 4,354 performances in seven years. The BBC television show of the same name would continue until July 1978.

1993 – Eritrea wins its independence from Ethiopia after a 32 year civil war.

1998 – In Hong Kong, pro-democracy parties win the first legislative election held under Chinese rule.

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