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Events in History on March 24

  • 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
Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I

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1603 Tokugawa Ieyasu is granted the title of shogun, officially establishing the Tokugawa Shogunate which would rule Japan until 1867

  • 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
  • 1731 Jerome (aka Hieronimus) de Salis naturalised as British by Act of Parliamentary.
  • 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
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith
  • 1837 Canada gives its black citizens the right to vote
  • 1848 State of siege proclaimed in Amsterdam

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1853 Anti-slavery newspaper "The Provincial Freeman" first published in Windsor, Ontario, edited by Samuel Ringgold Ward and Mary Ann Shadd Cary, first black woman publisher in North America

Suffragist and Publisher Mary Ann Shadd Cary
Suffragist and Publisher
Mary Ann Shadd Cary
  • 1855 Manhattan Kansas founded as New Boston Kansas
  • 1860 Clipper Andrew Jackson arrives in San Francisco, 89 days out of New York
  • 1868 Metropolitan Life Insurance Co forms
  • 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 and describes the tubercle bacillus which causes tuberculosis ( Mycobacterium tuberculosis)

Microbiologist Robert Koch
Robert Koch
  • 1883 1st telephone call between NY & Chicago
  • 1887 Oscar Straus appointed 1st Jewish ambassador from US (to Turkey)
  • 1894 37 miners killed at Franklin, Washington
  • 1900 New York City Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground "Rapid Transit Railroad" that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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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

Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos
Greek Prime Minister
Eleftherios Venizelos
  • 1906 "Census of the British Empire" shows Great Britain rules 1/5th 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
  • 1913 Palace Theater opens at 1564 Broadway, New York City
  • 1916 German submarines torpedo the unarmed French cross-channel packet 'Sussex'
  • 1920 1st US coast guard air station established (Morehead City, NC)
  • 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 Dutch 1st Chamber condemns Belgian & Netherland's Wielingen Treaty
  • 1930 1st religious services telecast in US (W2XBS NYC)
  • 1933 Peter I Island incorporated as a Norwegian dependency
  • 1934 U.S. Congress passes the Tydings-McDuffie Act, declaring the Philippines independent after a period of 10 years
  • 1937 Bus blew a tire, going out of control, killing 18 (Salem Illinois)
  • 1937 National Gallery of Art established by Congress
  • 1941 British troops defeat Italians in Somaliland
  • 1941 German troops occupy El Agheila Libya
  • 1941 Richard Wright & Paul Green's "Native Son" premieres in NYC
  • 1942 US government begins moving native-born citizens with Japanese ancestry into detention centres under Executive Order 9066, with intention of preventing home-grown espionage
  • 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
  • 1944 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

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1945 Allied generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bernard Montgomery and Omar Bradley discuss advance in Germany

US WWII General Omar Bradley
US WWII General
Omar Bradley
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1945 Operation Varsity: In the largest one-day airborne operation of all time, British, US & Canadian paratroopers land east of the Rhine in Northern Germany
  • 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 SS police chief in the Netherlands Hanns Albin Rauter's request for a pardon denied, executed by firing squad
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1969 Francis Turner is sworn in as the director of the Federal Highway Administration
  • 1970 Dutch cartoonist Frans Piet ends "Sjors & Sjimmie" strip
  • 1971 Serge Gainsbourg releases his concept album "Histoire de Melody Nelson"
  • 1972 Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland
  • 1973 Harley Race beats Dory Funk Jr in Kansas City, to become NWA champ
  • 1973 Professional track debut of Kip Keino defeating Jim Ryun in the mile
  • 1976 Argentine President Isabel Martínez de Perón is deposed in a military coup
  • 1979 Columbia flown on carrier aircraft lands at Kennedy Space Center
  • 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 Igor Malkov skates world record 10 km (14:21.51)
  • 1985 5th Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards: "Bolero" wins
  • 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"
  • 1989 Worst US oil spill, Exxon's Valdez spills 11.3 mil gallons off Alaska
  • 1990 Indian troops leave Sri Lanka
  • 1991 Banks reopen in liberated Kuwait
  • 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 F-16 collides with C-130 Hercules above AFB in NC, 120 die
  • 1996 MTA raises NYC bridge tolls to $3.50 each way
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 2015 The Opportunity rover becomes the first to complete a Martian marathon
  • 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 coronavirus 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 coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak eases restrictions on travel after a nearly two-month lockdown