Thu, May 24, 2018 | 01:47

Today is Thursday, May 24, the 144th day of 2018. There are 221 days left in the year.

1626 — Peter Minuit buys Manhattan from Indians for trinkets, valued at $24

1653 — German parliament selects Ferdinand II king of Austria

1738 — The Methodist Church is established

1809 — Dartmoor Prison opens to house French prisoners of war

1815 — George Evans discovers the Lachlan River, Australia

1818 — General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola, Florida

1916 — U.S. pilot William Thaw shoots down a German Fokker

1918 — Cleveland beats Yankees 3-2 in 19 inning

1921 — First parliament for Northern Ireland elected