1153 May 24, Malcolm IV became king of Scotland.
1610 May 24, Sir Thomas Gates instituted “laws divine moral and marshal,” a harsh civil code for Jamestown.
1624 May 24, James I revoked Virginia’s charter after years of unprofitable operation and it became a royal colony.
1861 May 24, General Benjamin Butler, Union commander of Fort Monroe, Va., declared slaves to be the contraband of war in order to avoid returning them to their owners under the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act.
1958 May 24, Pres Batista opened an offensive against Fidel Castro’s rebellion.
1988 May 24, Vice President George Bush and Michael Dukakis won the Idaho presidential primaries.
1996 May 24, President Clinton underwent his annual physical at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, where he had a precancerous lesion removed from his nose. On the plus side, his weight was the same as the year before — 216 — and his cholesterol count had improved from 203 to 191.
1996 May 24, Alexandras Lileikis (89) was stripped of his US citizenship for his role in turning over Jews to the Germans in Lithuania from 1941-1944. In his 1949 application for citizenship he said that he only performed administrative duties. 15 more cases are pending in federal courts and 300 other cases are under investigation
2004 May 24, NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued the NY Stock Exchange, former exchange chairman Dick Grasso and an executive who headed its compensation committee. Spitzer wanted Grasso to return $100 million of the $200 million plus that the NY Exchange gave or promised to Grasso.
2006 May 24, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika appointed Abdelaziz Belkhadem as the country’s prime minister.
2006 May 24, Thomas Patrick Gilbert Cholmondeley (38), a descendant of Kenya’s first white settlers, was charged with murder in the shooting of Robert Njoya Wambugu (37), who was shot in the back and died en route to a hospital. Cholmondeley’s attorney said the victim unleashed several dogs on Cholmondeley after the man was caught poaching an impala. In 2009 Cholmondeley (40) was convicted of manslaughter and was sentenced to 8 months in prison. He was released on Oct 23.
2008 May 24, In Georgia Kirk Wright (37), convicted of leading an investment scheme, hanged himself in the Union City jail. He faced up to 710 years in prison and a fine up to $16 million. An SEC suit had already hit him with a $20 million judgment for fraud and money laundering related to the 2006 collapse of his Int’l. Management Associates hedge fund.
2010 May 24, Pres. Obama signed into law the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act.
2010 May 24, Brian Thomas Mettenbrink of Nebraska was sentenced to one year in federal prison for his role in a cyber attack on the Church of Scientology.
2011 May 24, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he will not defy today’s state Supreme Court ruling to increase aid to low-income school districts, but called the decision legally faulty and bad education policy. The state Supreme Court said New Jersey must provide about $500 million for its poorer school districts.
2012 May 24, Kathi Kamen Goldmark (b.1948), San Francisco-based literary impresario and country-rock singer, died of breast cancer.
2013 May 24, Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo (61) was extradited to the United States to face charges of laundering $70 million in Guatemalan funds through US bank accounts.
2014 May 24, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is ready for talks with Japan over disputed Pacific Islands, but Japan may not be ready for negotiations. Japan has imposed a set of measures against Russia for its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.
2014 May 24, Pope Francis called for urgent steps to end Syria’s three-year-old civil war as he arrived in neighboring Jordan.