Historical Events on 24th March

  • 1379 End of Gelderse war victory
  • 1545 German Parliament opens in Worms
  • 1550 France & England sign Peace of Boulogne

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1603 Scottish King James VI son of Mary Queen of Scots, becomes King James I of England in succession to Elizabeth I, thus joining the English and Scottish crowns.

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • 1629 1st game law passed in American colonies, by Virginia

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1664 Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams

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1721 Johann Sebastian Bach dedicates his Brandenburg Concertos (to the Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt)

  • 1731 Naturalization of Hieronimus de Salis Parliamentary Act is passed.
  • 1765 Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers
  • 1792 Benjamin West (US) becomes president of Royal Academy of London
  • 1801 Aleksandr Pavlovich Romanov becomes Tsar Alexander I of Russia
  • 1815 Handel & Haydn Society of Boston founded
  • 1828 Philadelphia & Columbia Railway (1st state owned) authorized

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1832 Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred & feathered in Ohio

Religious Leader Joseph Smith Jr
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith Jr
  • 1837 Canada gives black citizens the right to vote
  • 1848 State of siege proclaimed in Amsterdam
  • 1855 Manhattan Kansas founded as New Boston Kansas
  • 1860 Clipper Andrew Jackson arrives in SF, 89 days out of NY
  • 1868 Metropolitan Life Insurance Co forms
  • 1876 37th Grand National: Joe Cannon aboard Regal wins
  • 1877 University boat race between Oxford & Cambridge ends in a dead heat
  • 1878 British frigate Eurydice sunk; 300 lost
  • 1880 Tobacco Growers' Mutual Insurance Company incorporates in CT

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1882 German scientist Robert Koch discovers bacillus cause of TB

Microbiologist Robert Koch
Robert Koch
  • 1882 44th Grand National: Lord Manners aboard Seaman wins
  • 1883 1st telephone call between NY & Chicago
  • 1887 Oscar Straus appointed 1st Jewish ambassador from US (to Turkey)
  • 1890 Start of Sherlock Holmes "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge" (BG)
  • 1893 55th Grand National: Bill Dollery aboard Cloister wins
  • 1894 37 miners killed at Franklin, WA
  • 1898 1st automobile sold
  • 1899 61st Grand National: George Williamson aboard Manifesto wins
  • 1900 New York City Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground "Rapid Transit Railroad" that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.
  • 1905 A group of Cretans dedicated to Crete's union with Greece led by Eleutherios Venizelos, meet at the village of Therisso and proclaim a union in defiance of the Great Powers
  • 1906 "Census of the British Empire" shows Britain rules 1/5 of the world
  • 1907 The first issue of the Georgian Bolshevik newspaper Dro is published.
  • 1910 83°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in March
  • 1911 73rd Grand National: Mr Jack Anthony aboard Glenside wins
  • 1913 Netherlands soccer team's 1st victory over England
  • 1913 Palace Theater opens at 1564 Broadway NYC
  • 1916 German submarines torpedo the French Channel packet 'Sussex' which is unarmed
  • 1920 1st US coast guard air station established (Morehead City NC)
  • 1922 81st Grand National: Lewis Rees aboard Music Hall wins (only 3 horses out of 32 starters finish)
  • 1924 Greece becomes a republic
  • 1925 KSL-AM in Salt Lake City UT begins radio transmissions
  • 1926 The Beehive in the Hague opens 1st escalator in Netherlands
  • 1927 Cuban chess champion Jose Capablanca wins 33-day Grand Chess Tournie
  • 1927 Dutch 1st Chamber condemns Belgian & Netherland's Wielingen Treaty
  • 1930 1st religious services telecast in US (W2XBS NYC)
  • 1930 Planet Pluto named
  • 1932 1st US radio broadcast from a moving train (Belle Baker WABC from MD)
  • 1933 Peter I Island incorporated as a Norwegian dependency
  • 1933 92nd Grand National: Dudley Williams aboard Kellsboro' Jack
  • 1934 U.S. Congress passes the Tydings-McDuffie Act, declaring the Philippines independent after a period of 10 years
  • 1935 Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour goes national on NBC Radio Network
  • 1936 Red Wings beat Montreal Maroons in 16 mins & 30 seconds of 6th period Stanley Cup game lasts 9 periods (176 mins), ends 1-0
  • 1937 Bus blew a tire, going out of control, killing 18 (Salem Illinois)
  • 1937 National Gallery of Art established by Congress
  • 1939 98th Grand National: Tim Hyde aboard Workman wins
  • 1941 British troops defeat British Somalia
  • 1941 German troops occupy El Agheila Libya
  • 1941 Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox
  • 1941 LIU beats Ohio U 56-42 for NIT basketball championship
  • 1941 Richard Wright & Paul Green's "Native Son" premieres in NYC
  • 1944 76 Allied officers escape Stalag Luft 3 (Great Escape)
  • 1944 811 British bombers attack Berlin
  • 1944 In occupied Rome, Nazis execute more than 300 civilians

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1945 Generals Eisenhower, Montgomery & Bradley discuss advance in Germany

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1945 Largest one-day airborne drop, 600 transports & 1300 gliders
  • 1945 Operation Varsity: British, US & Canadian airborne landings east of the Rhine
  • 1945 US minesweepers reach Kerama Retto, South coast of Okinawa
  • 1947 Congress proposes 2-term limitation on the presidency

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1947 John D. Rockefeller Jr donates NYC East River site to the UN

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • 1949 21st Academy Awards - "Hamlet", Laurence Olivier & Jane Wyman win
  • 1949 Walter & John Huston become 1st father-and-son team to win
  • 1949 SS police chief in the Netherlands Hanns Albin Rauter's request for a pardon denied, executed by firing squad
  • 1950 Gracie de Moss wins LPGA Pro-Ladies Golf Championship
  • 1950 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Yvonne C Sherman
  • 1950 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • 1952 Great demonstrations against apartheid in South Africa
  • 1953 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1955 1st seagoing oil drill rig placed in service
  • 1955 British Army patrols withdraw from Belfast after 20 years

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1955 Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens for 694 performances

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
  • 1956 110th Grand National: Dave Dick aboard E.S.B. wins

Person-of-interestElvis Presley in the Army

1958 Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)

  • 1959 Iraq withdraws from the Baghdad Pact
  • 1959 The Party of the African Federation (PFA) is launched by Léopold Sédar Senghor and Modibo Keita.
  • 1960 US appeals court rules novel "Lady Chatterly's Lover" not obscene
  • 1961 NY Senate approves $55M for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows
  • 1962 24th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Cin beats Ohio State 71-59
  • 1962 Benny Paret knocked out in a welterweight title; he dies 10 days later

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1962 Mick Jagger & Keith Richards perform as Little Boy Blue & Blue Boys

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • 1964 Kennedy half-dollar issued
  • 1965 US Ranger 9 strikes Moon, 10 miles (16 km) NE of crater Alphonsus
  • 1966 Selective Service announces college deferments based on performance
  • 1967 University of Michigan holds 1st "Teach-in" after bombing of North Vietnam

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1968 Mickey Wright wins Port Malabar Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1970 Dutch cartoonist Frans Piet ends "Sjors & Sjimmie" strip
  • 1972 Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland
  • 1973 Harley Race beats Dory Funk Jr in Kansas City, to become NWA champ
  • 1973 Immaculata beats Queens College, 59-52 to win AIAW Basketball title
  • 1973 Professional track debut of Kip Keino defeating Jim Ryun in the mile
  • 1973 SF 49er pres Lou Spadia proposes NFL expand to 30 teams
  • 1974 36th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: NC State beats Marquette 76-64

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1975 Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1976 Argentine President Isabel Peron deposed by country's military
  • 1978 Wings release "With a Little Luck"
  • 1979 "Ballroom" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 116 performances
  • 1979 1st appearance as Australian cricket captain for Kim Hughes
  • 1979 Columbia flown on carrier aircraft lands at Kennedy Space Center

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1979 10 rebounds & 10 assists, as the Spartans cruise to a 101-67 by Penn Mich State's Earvin "Magic" Johnson registers triple-double 29 pts

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1980 42nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats UCLA 59-54
  • 1980 ABC's nightly Iran Hostage crisis program renamed "Nightline"
  • 1980 Capitol Records releases some rare Beatles tracks
  • 1981 "Nightline with Ted Koppel" premieres on ABC
  • 1981 Bombay beat Delhi by innings & 46 to win Ranji Cricket Trophy
  • 1981 Colombia drops diplomatic relations with Cuba
  • 1982 US sub Jacksonville collides with a Turkish freighter near Virginia
  • 1984 Andrea Schone skates ladies world record 5 km (7:34.52)
  • 1984 IOC agrees to 6-team exhibition baseball tournament in Olympics
  • 1984 Igor Malkov skates world record 10 km (14:21.51)
  • 1985 5th Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards: Bolero wins
  • 1985 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA GNA Golf Classic
  • 1985 Norman Gifford makes cricket ODI debuts at age 44 (v Aust, Sharjah)
  • 1985 5th Golden Raspberry Awards: Bolero wins
  • 1986 58th Academy Awards - "Out of Africa", William Hurt & Geraldine Page win
  • 1986 Suriname army capt Etienne Boerenveen arrested for cocaine smuggling
  • 1986 US & Libya clash in Gulf of Sidra
  • 1986 NASA publishes "Strategy for Safely Returning the Space Shuttle to Flight Status"

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1987 1st Soul Train Music Awards: Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross win

  • 1987 WA win the Sheffield Shield by drawing cricket final vs Victoria
  • 1988 "Gospel at Colonus" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • 1988 Quarterback Dan Fouts retires

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1989 Mary Martin in "Peter Pan" 1st seen on TV since 1973

Actress Mary Martin
Mary Martin
  • 1989 Worst US oil spill, Exxon's Valdez spills 11.3 mil gallons off Alaska
  • 1990 Indian troops leave Sri Lanka
  • 1990 Tom Hunter swims world record 50m freestyle (21.81 sec)
  • 1991 11th Golden Raspberry Awards: Ford Fairlane & Ghosts Can't Do It wins
  • 1991 Barcelona Dragons beat NY/NJ Knights 19-7 in their 1st WLAF game
  • 1991 Danielle Ammaccapane wins LPGA Standard Register Ping Golf Tournament
  • 1991 Banks reopen in liberated Kuwait
  • 1991 NY Yankees beat NY Mets, 9-3

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1991 Wrestlemania VII in LA, Hulk Hogan pins Sgt Slaughter

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

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1992 "Jake's Women" opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC for 245 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1992 Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) launches into space
  • 1992 Sudanese Boeing 707 crashes on mountain Hymettos at Athens: 5-6 die
  • 1992 1st Belgium in the space, Dirk Frimout on Atlantis Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) launches into space
  • 1993 Ezer Weizman elected president of Israel
  • 1994 "Carousel" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 322 performances
  • 1994 "Song of Jacob Zulu" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 53 performances
  • 1994 F-16 collides with C-130 Hercules above AFB in NC, 120 die
  • 1996 16th Golden Raspberry Awards: Showgirls wins
  • 1996 Eastenders star Michael French is reported to be a homosexual

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1996 Laura Davies wins LPGA Standard Register Ping Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • 1996 MTA raises NYC bridge tolls to $3.50 each way

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1997 69th Academy Awards - "The English Patient", Geoffrey Rush & Brenda Bleythn win

Actor Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
  • 1997 Australian parliament overturns world's 1st & only euthanasia law
  • 1998 Jonesboro massacre: Two students, ages 11 and 13, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people are dead and ten are wounded.
  • 1998 A tornado sweeps through Dantan in India killing 250 people and injuring 3000 others.
  • 1999 Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
  • 1999 Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire: 39 people die when a Belgian transport truck carrying flour and margarine caught fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel.
  • 2001 21st Golden Raspberry Awards: Battlefield Earth wins

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2002 74th Academy Awards - "A Beautiful Mind", Denzel Washington & Halle Berry (first woman of colour) win

  • 2003 The Arab League votes 21-1 in favor of a resolution demanding the immediate and unconditional removal of U.S. and British soldiers from Iraq.
  • 2006 Long-term protests in Belarus are broken by police.

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2006 Pope Benedict XVI adds 15 men to the College of Cardinals, in the first consistory of his Pontificate.

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 2007 The Australian Labor Party is reinstated after the New South Wales state elections.
  • 2008 Bhutan officially becomes a democracy, with its first ever general election.
  • 2010 Lee Kun-hee returns to Samsung Electronics chief executive officer (CEO) position after his resignation in April 21, 2008
  • 2012 African Union deploys 5,000 strong force with the aim of catching or killing warlord Joseph Kony
  • 2013 17 soldiers are killed by a suicide bomber at a military checkpoint in North Waziristan, Pakistan
  • 2013 25 people are killed by gunmen in a coordinated attack in Adamawa State, Nigeria
  • 2013 A series of emergency meetings in Brussels undertaken to resolve Cyprus’ financial situation
  • 2013 Scotland defeats Sweden to win the 2013 World Women's Curling Championship
  • 2014 Ukraine withdraws its forces from the Crimea
  • 2015 Germanwings flight on route between Barcelona and Düsseldorf crashes in the French Alps killing all 150 on board
  • 2015 The Opportunity rover becomes the first to complete a Martian marathon