Famous Events on this Day in History, March 24:

1379 - End of Gelderse war victory
1545 - German Parliament opens in Worms
1550 - France & England sign Peace of Boulogne
1603 - Scottish king James VI becomes King James I of England
1629 - 1st game law passed in American colonies, by Virginia
1645 - Battle at Jankov Bohemia: Sweden beatS RC emperor Ferdinand III
1664 - Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island
1721 - Johann Sebastian Bach opens his Brandenburgse Concerts
1731 - Naturalization of Hieronimus de Salis Parliamentary Act is passed.
1734 - Neth's William K H Friso marries princess Anne of Hanover
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 P Romanov becomes emperor of Russia
1828 - Philadelphia & Columbia Railway (1st state owned) authorized
1832 - Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred & feathered in Ohio
1837 - Canada gives blacks 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
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
1882 - German scientist Robert Koch discovers bacillus cause of TB
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)
1894 - 37 miners killed at Franklin, WA
1898 - 1st automobile sold
1900 - New York City Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground "Rapid Transit Railroad" that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.
1906 - "Census of the British Empire" shows England 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
1913 - Netherlands soccer team's 1st victory over England
1913 - Palace Theater opens at 1564 Broadway NYC
1920 - 1st US coast guard air station established (Morehead City NC)
1922 - Grand National at Aintree sees only 3 horses out of 32 starters finish
1923 - Greece becomes a republic.
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 champ, Jose Capablanca wins 33-day Grand Chess Tournie
1927 - Dutch 1st Chamber condemns Belgian & Neth'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
1934 - US declares the Philippines to become independent in 1945
1934 - U.S. Congress passes the Tydings-McDuffie Act.
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
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
1945 - Gen Eisenhower, Montgomery & Bradley discuss advance in Germany
1945 - Largest one-day airborne drop, 600 transports & 1300 gliders
1945 - Operation Varsity: British, US & Canadian airborne landings E of Rhine
1945 - US minesweepers reach Kerama Retto, South coast of Okinawa
1947 - Congress proposes 2-term limitation on the presidency
1947 - John D Rockefeller Jr donates NYC East River site to the UN
1949 - 21st Academy Awards - "Hamlet," Laurence Olivier & Jane Wyman win
1949 - Walter & John Huston become 1st father-and-son team to win
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
1955 - Tennessee Williams, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens for 694 performances
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, KOed in a welterweight title, he dies 10 days later
1962 - Mick Jagger & Keith Richards perform as Little Boy Blue & Blue Boys
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 - U of Mich holds 1st "Teach-in" after bombing of North Vietnam
1968 - Mickey Wright wins Port Malabar Golf Invitational
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
1975 - Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1976 - Argentine Pres 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 capt for Kim Hughes
1979 - Columbia flown on carrier aircraft lands at Kennedy Space Center
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
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 Awards: Bolero wins
1985 - Golden Raspberry Awards presented to parody Oscar Awards (Bolero wins)
1985 - Jan Stephenson wins LPGA GNA Golf Classic
1985 - Norman Gifford makes cricket ODI debuts at age 44 (v Aust, Sharjah)
1986 - 58th Academy Awards - "Out of Africa," William Hurt & G 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"
1987 - 1st Soul Train Music Awards: Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross
1987 - WA win the Sheffield Shield by drawing cricket final vs Victoria
1988 - "Gospel at Colonus" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 61 perfs
1988 - Quarterback Dan Fouts retires
1989 - Mary Martin in "Peter Pan," 1st seen on TV since 1973
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 - "Les Miserables," opens at Auditorium Theatre, Chicago
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 - In liberated Kuwait, banks reopen
1991 - NY Yankees beat NY Mets, 9-3
1991 - Wrestlemania VII in LA, Hulk Hogan pins Sgt Slaughter
1992 - "Jake's Women" opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC for 245 performances
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
1994 - Robert F Kennedy Jr divorces Emily Black
1996 - 16th Golden Raspberry Awards: Showgirls wins
1996 - Eastenders star Michael French is reported to be a homosexual
1996 - Laura Davies wins LPGA Standard Register Ping Golf Tournament
1996 - MTA raises NYC bridge tolls to $3.50 each way
1997 - 69th Academy Awards - "English Patient," T Cruise & Brenda Blythen win
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.
2006 - Pope Benedict XVI adds 15 men to the College of Cardinals, in the first consistory of his Pontificate.
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.
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