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)
  • 1976 Argentine President Isabel Martínez de Perón is deposed in a military coup
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March 24 in Film & TV

  • 1939 "Wuthering Heights" based on the novel by Emily Brontë, directed by William Wyler and starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, premieres in Los Angeles

March 24 in Music

March 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

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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