24 May It Happened Today
1686 Birth of German physicist Gabriel Fahrenheit, inventor of the mercury thermometer.
1809 Dartmoor prison in England is officially opened.
1833 The Brooklyn Bridge in New York is officially opened.
1862 Westminster Bridge in London is officially opened.
1870 Birth of South African statesman Jan Smuts.
1941 HMS Hood is sunk by the German battleship Bismark.
1941 Birth of American singer and songwriter Bob Dylan.