On This Day

What Happened on March 24

Important Events

  • 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
  • 1837 Canada gives its black citizens the right to vote
  • 1882 German scientist Robert Koch discovers and describes the tubercle bacillus which causes tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis), and establishes germ theory
  • 1976 Argentine President Isabel Martínez de Perón is deposed in a military coup
  • 2020 Indian PM Narendra Modi orders a 21 day lockdown for world's second most populous country of 1.3 billion people to deal with COVID-19
  • 2020 China's Hubei province, the original center of the COVID-19 outbreak eases restrictions on travel after a nearly two-month lockdown
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Mar 24 in Sport

  • 2018 Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft is caught on camera rubbing match ball with an object during 3rd Cricket Test in Cape Town, resulting in an infamous ball tampering scandal
  • 2020 Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announces postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games until summer of 2021 because of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic

Did You Know?

Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.

On March 24, 1999

Would You Believe?

RAF rear gunner Nicholas Alkemade survives a jump from his Lancaster bomber 18,000 feet over Germany without a parachute; his fall broken by pine trees and soft snow, suffers only a sprained leg

On March 24, 1944

Famous Weddings

  • 1891 56th UK Prime Minister Bonar Law (32) weds Annie Robley at West Free Church in Helensburgh, Scotland
  • 1896 Writer "Heart of Darkness" Joseph Conrad (39) marries Englishwoman Jessie George (23)
  • 1921 Comedian Oliver Hardy (29) marries actress Myrtle Reeves (24)

Famous Divorces

  • 1994 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. divorces Emily Black
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