On This Day

On This Day in History for March 24 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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

Historic DiscoverySpirit Rover Begins Mars Mission

2015 NASA's Opportunity rover becomes the first to complete a Martian marathon

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The first color image compiled by photos from the Spirit rover - at the time the highest quality photo taken on another planet
The first color image compiled by photos from the Spirit rover - at the time the highest quality photo taken on another planet
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  • 2016 Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić found guilty of genocide during 1995 Srebrenica massacre, sentenced to 40 years

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2017 US President Donald Trump and Republican party forced to pull their attempt to repeal Obamacare after internal opposition

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2018 Tens of thousands attend 'March for Our Lives' rallies held in Washington, D.C. and around the world to protest gun violence
  • 2018 American conducts it first ever drone strike against Qaeda militants in southern Libya
  • 2018 Hundreds of protesters shut down special meeting at Sacramento City Hall investigating police shooting of Stephon Clark
  • 2019 Investigation headed by Special Council Robert S. Mueller finds no evidence President Trump colluded with Russia in 2016 election

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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

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • 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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