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This Day in History - March 24

March 24

1208 – King John of England opposes Innocent III on his nomination for Archbishop of Canterbury

1603 – Queen Elizabeth I dies

1663 – Charles II of England awards land to eight members of the nobility who assisted in his restoration

1664 – In London, Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island

1720 – The banking houses of Paris close in the wake of financial crisis

1721 – In Germany, Johann Sebastian Bach publishes Six Brandenburg Concertos

1755 – Framer of the US Constitution, Rufus King, is born

1765 – Britain passes the Quartering Act, requiring the colonies to house 10,000 British troops in public and private buildings

1820 – Composer and songwriter Fanny Crosby is born

1834 – English craftsman, poet, and socialist William Morris is born

1834 – Explorer and conservationist John Wesley Powell is born

1837 – Canada gives its black citizens voting rights

1855 – Financier and philanthropist Andrew Mellon is born

1862 – Abolitionist Wendell Phillips gets hit by eggs while he speaks to a crowd about emancipation in Ohio

1874 – Magician and escape artist Harry Houdini is born

1882 – Robert Koch announces the discovery of the tuberculosis bacillus

1882 – Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow dies

1884 – American and Dutch physicist and Nobel Prize-winning chemist Peter Debye is born

1886 – Photographer Edward Weston is born

1893 – Baseball player George Sisler is born

1895 – American dancer Arthur Murray is born

1896 – Russian physicist Aleksander Popov makes the world’s first radio transmission

1897 – Psychotherapist Wilhelm Reich is born

1900 – Mayor Van Wyck of New York breaks ground for the New York subway tunnel that will link Manhattan and Brooklyn

1902 – New York Governor Thomas Dewey is born

1903 – Biochemist Adolf Butenandt is born

1904 – Vice Admiral Togo sinks seven Russian ships as the Japanese strengthen their blockade of Port Arthur

1905 – French author Jules Verne dies

1918 – German forces cross the Somme River

1919 – Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti is born

1926 – Italian actor and playwright Dario Fo is born

1927 – Chinese Communists seize Nanking and break with Chiang Kai-shek over the Nationalist goals

1930 – Actor Steve McQueen is born

1938 – The US asks that all powers help refugees fleeing from Nazis

1941 – Radio astronomer and physicist Joseph Taylor, Jr. is born

1944 – The Gestapo rounds up innocent Italians in Rome and shoots them to death in reprisal for a bomb attack that killed 33 German policemen

1944 – Major General Orde Wingate, leader of the 77th Indian Brigade aka Chindits, dies

1946 – Russian chess player Alexander Alekhine dies

1947 – Congress proposes limiting the US presidency to two terms

1949 – President Harry Truman signs a US resolution authorizing $16 million in aid for Palestinian refugees displaced as a result of Israel’s War of Independence

1949 – Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet becomes the first British film to win the Oscar

1951 – General Douglas MacArthur threatens the Chinese with an extension of the Korean War if the proposed truce is not accepted

1954 – Great Britain opens trade talks with Hungary

1955 – Tennessee Williams’ play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens in New York City

1958 – Elvis Presley is inducted into the US Army

1965 – The Freedom Marchers, citizens for civil rights, reach Montgomery, Alabama

1965 – Millions watch NASA spacecraft Ranger 9 crash into the moon during a controlled crash

1965 – The first “teach-in” is conducted at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor as an anti-war seminar

1967 – Viet Cong ambush a truck convoy in South Vietnam

1972 – Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland

1975 – The North Vietnamese “Ho Chi Minh Campaign” begins

1976 – Star quarterback Peyton Manning is born

1976 – English army officer Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, dies

1976 – Argentine President Isabel Martinez de Peron is deposed by military coup

1977 – For the first time since 1961 when Cuba and the US severed diplomatic relations, the two enter into direct negotiations about fishing rights

1985 – Thousands demonstrate in Madrid against the NATO presence in Spain

1989 – The Exxon Valdez oil tanker spills 240,000 barrels of oil in Alaska’s Prince William Sound

1996 – US astronaut Shannon Lucid transfers to the Russian space station Mir from the US space shuttle Atlantis for a five-month stay, becoming the first US female astronaut to live on a space station

1998 – Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Andrew Golden, 11, shoot their classmates and teachers, killing five, in Jonesboro, Arkansas after setting off a fire alarm. They were sent to reform institutes due to their young ages, and kept until they turned 21. They have since been released, and neither have any sort of criminal record

1999 – NATO planes attack Serbian forces in Kosovo

2004 – The notorious Bird family’s stronghold on the nation of Antigua and Barbuda came to an end when Baldwin Spencer won the post of prime minister in the general election

2007 – An around-the-world relay to honor Italian sports car maker Ferrari’s 60th anniversary stops in Los Angeles, California

2015 – The co-pilot of a German airliner, Andreas Lubitz, intentionally crashes the plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 on board. Lubitz locked the cockpit when the captain asked for a short break and wouldn’t let him back in. Lubitz had been researching suicide before the flight


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.


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