24th March In History

If you think your life is eventful, then the events that took place on the 24th March are going to make you re-think. For those of you who do not remember history, the list of the events related to March 24th, enlisted in history books and reliable online sources will blow you away. The 24th of March is replete with several such events, which many of us aren’t aware of. One such event is the ‘Quartering Act’, enforced by the British administration several years ago, in a bid to offer benefits to its military troops. 24th March was a day which is loaded with such events such as abolition of slavery or Benjamin West becoming the 1st American president of the ‘Royal Academy’ and so on. A detailed research will reveal that the date has many such amazing revelations associated with it. This day is packed with events in the fields of entertainment, politics and so on, giving you a whole new perspective about 24th March. Read on, about the historical events of 24th March for a better today and a brighter future.


HISTORICAL EVENTS ON 24th March



1603

Politics

James VI Becomes The Ruler Of Scotland

James VI of Scotland gained access to the royal throne on this day in 1603. He was sworn in as the new successor through a formal procedure called ‘Union of the Crowns’. He was later re-christened James I, as known to many historians today. His predecessor was the renowned last leader of the Tudor dynasty, Elizabeth.


1663

Politics

Province Of Carolina Was Founded

The ‘Province Of Carolina’, which is now the American state of South Carolina, came into existence on March 24, 1663. The province was actually a piece of land granted by the monarch Charles II to an association of eight men of English descent known as ‘The Lords Proprietors’ back then.


1720

Politics

Frederick I Was Crowned ‘The King Of Sweden’

Frederick I was sworn in as the ruler of Sweden on 24th March 1720 and served in this position for a period of 31 years. The demise of his brother-in-law ‘Charles XII of Sweden’, his predecessor, helped Frederick I secure this eminent position.


1765

Politics

The Announcement Of The ‘Quartering Act’

The ‘Quartering Act’ was passed on 24th March 1765, to ensure that the British soldiers who served in American colonies were provided good accommodation. The residential options ranged from barracks and horse barns to even private homes.


1829

Politics

The ‘Catholic Relief Act’ Was Passed

On March 24, 1829, the ‘Catholic Relief Act’ was passed by the parliament of the United Kingdom. The rule set the Catholics free from unwanted restrictions such as refrainment from political affairs. People of catholic faith could attend sessions of the Parliament as a result of the enforcement of the act.


1837

Politics

African Canadian Men Receive Voting Rights

In Canada, the right to vote was customarily given only to Caucasian men who were quite well to do. However, this was vigorously opposed by a section of the society, mainly consisting of blacks, who were deprived of this right. The efforts of these people paid off on 24th March 1837, when African Canadian men were finally given the privilege to vote.


1854

Politics

Slavery Is Abolished In Venezuela

This day in 1854 came as a relief for the slaves in Venezuela, when its former President General José Gregorio Monagas banned slavery. Even after the abolition of this evil, about 24,000 slaves were still left in Venezuela.


1860

Politics

The Occurrence Of The Sakuradamon Incident

This ghastly incident took place on 24th March when Li Naosuke, the supreme administrator of Japan, was assassinated by Ronin, a famous samurai of his time. The brutal murder took place outside his office, just before the statesman was about to enter his workplace.


1862

Politics

Wendell Phillips Booed In Cincinnati

Wendell Phillips, a well-known abolitionist and orator, condemned slavery and called it a great sin against humanity. Unfortunately, on March 24, 1862, when Phillips was speaking against slavery in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was heckled by an angry audience. These people pelted stones and eggs at him, forcing him to make an early exit.


1934

Politics

The Declaration Of The ‘Tydings–Mcduffie Act’

On March 24, 1934, Philippines, a South East Asian country, gained its independence from the United States. The ‘Philippine Independence Act’, also called ‘Tyding-McDffie Act’, written by senator M.Y. Tyding and the Congress representative John McDuffie, was also passed on the same day.


1944

Politics

The Infamous Fosse Ardeatine Massacre

The ‘Fosse Ardeatine massacre’ was carried out by the German armed forces on this day in 1944, as an act of vengeance against Italy. Just a day prior to this incident, the Italian forces had attacked the ‘SS Police Regiment Bozen’ of Germany, killing 335 people.


1946

Politics

The Arrival Of The Cabinet Mission

The Indian independence movement culminated when the Cabinet Mission from England arrived in New Delhi, India on 24th March 1946, to make a crucial decision regarding the nation’s administration. The British authorities moved out of the Indian subcontinent a year later and paved the way for an all Indian government.


1949

Politics

Truman Signs Off An Aid To Palestine

Israel’s War of Independence in 1948 resulted in the death of a large number of Palestinians and most of these suffered from starvation. On 24th March 1949, as a final solution to the Palestinian refugee crisis, President Harry S. Truman released $16 million as a part of the United Nations’ aid to rehabilitate the victims.


1959

Politics

‘Party Of The African Federation’ Was Formed

The ‘Party of the African Federation (PFA)’ was established in West Africa (then ruled by the French), on March 24, 1959, by Léopold Sédar Senghor, a renowned poet and a politician. This political party was created with an aim of establishing a 'Black African nation freely associated with France', which failed because federalism was disliked by the African Nations.


1972

Politics

The United Kingdom Imposes Direct Rule Over Northern Ireland

Sticking to its colonialist policies, the United Kingdom declared that it would govern North Ireland from its center in Westminster on March 24, 1972. This rule of governance dissolved on 08th May 2007 when the ‘St. Andrews Agreement’ restored North Ireland’s assembly.


1976

Politics

41st President Of Argentina De-throned

24th March 1976 was an eventful day in Argentina’s political history since its then president Isabel Peron was thrown out of power on this day. Later, General Jorge Rafael Videla of the ‘National Reorganization Process’ succeeded the famous political leader. Surprisingly, the U.S Department of State knew about this coup two months before it was executed.


1976

Politics

Day Of Remembrance For Truth And Justice

On this day, the people of Argentina honor the victims of the ‘Coup d'état of 1976’, also infamously known as the ‘Dirty War’. It was through this coup that the ‘National Reorganization Process’ gained power and controlled the nation till 10 December, 1983.


1977

Politics

United States And Cuba Engage In Direct Negotiations

On March 24, 1977, U.S and Cuba indulged in a discussion about fishing rights and the establishment of marine boundaries. Former American president Jimmy Carter was the one who initiated these talks and it resulted in the relationship between the two countries turning sour.


2003

Politics

An Eventful Day In The History Of Iraq

24th March, 2003 was a victorious day for the Iraqi military, since they managed to defend themselves succesfully from the brutal attack of the ‘3rd Infantry Division’ of the U.S army. The attack cost the American army their most priced helicopter, ‘Boeing AH-64 Apache’.


2008

Politics

Bhutan’s First National Assembly Election

24th March 2008 was a day of great prominence for the citizens of Bhutan. The country’s first National Assembly elections were held on this date. The two parties who contested for the elections, were ‘Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party’ and the ‘All People's Party’.


1885

Wars

The Battle Of Bang Bo

This gory war was fought between the French and the Chinese forces, ended on this day in 1885. This bloody battle lasted for around two days, leaving more than a thousand people dead and injuring several others.


1999

Wars

The Start Of The Kosovo Air War

The ‘Kosovo war’ was fought from 28th February 1998 to 11 June 1999 between the ‘Federal Republic of Yugoslavia’ and ‘Kosovo Liberation Army’, a rebel outfit. Fortunately for the rebel group, the military organization ‘NATO’ supported them and on March 24th, 1999, they carried out an aerial bombardment on Yugoslavia together.


1986

Disasters & Natural Calamities

Landfill Gas Explosion

A massive gas explosion occurred in Loscoe, England, which brought down a house to ashes and left three people battered. On the night of this dreadful incident, the atmospheric pressure plummeted to 29 mbar.


1989

Disasters & Natural Calamities

The ‘Exxon Valdez’ Oil Spill

‘Exxon Valdez’ was a huge oil tanker which carried approximately 55 million gallons of oil. It was owned by the ‘Exxon Shipping Company’ and captained by Joseph Hazelwood. It was on this day in 1989 that the vessel struck the Bligh Reef, a stretch located near Alaska, spilling millions of gallons of oil. This catastrophe was later surpassed by another similar event called the ‘Deepwater Horizon oil spill’, which was far more disastrous.


1999

Disasters & Natural Calamities

Deadly Fire In The Mont Blanc Tunnel

A ghastly accident took place in ‘Mont Blanc Tunnel’ in Europe, which claimed the lives of 38 people on March 24th, 1999. The tragedy occurred when a truck carrying flour and margarine caught fire which lasted for 3 days, killing the people trapped in the vehicles behind the truck.


2010

Disasters & Natural Calamities

Sjursøya Train Accident Killed Many

On this petrifying day of 2010, sixteen train cars were being shunted at the Alnabru station, when the train lost control. It started rolling towards the port named Sjursøya with a speed of about 120Km/h, ultimately derailing and crashing into a building. The horrifying accident killed three people and injuring four.


1721

Literature & Entertainment

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Tribute To Christian Ludwig

Popularly addressed as the ‘The Brandenburg Concertos’, this compilation of the six best works of the legendary musician Johann was a tribute to his contemporary, Ludwig, on March 24, 1721. These six mind-blowing compositions are considered to be the best musical works of the glorious Baroque era.


1955

Literature & Entertainment

The First Performance Of ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’

Directed by Tennessee Williams, the successful play ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ was performed for the first time on March 24, 1955. The renowned play also grabbed the prestigious ‘Pulitzer Prize for Drama’ and attained a cult status later on.


1960

Literature & Entertainment

The U.S Judiciary Gives A Positive Nod To ‘Lady Chatterly’s Lover’

‘Lady Chatterley’s lover’ was a novel by D.H Lawrence, banned in several parts of the world, due to its sexually explicit content and the use of ‘offensive’ language. However, on March 24, 1960, the U.S law court said that it was acceptable on the basis of ‘redeeming social importance’, which signified a remarkable change in social values.


2002

Literature & Entertainment

Halle Berry And Denzel Washington Win The Oscars

Halle Berry won the prestigious Oscar for ‘Best Actress’ on this day, making it an historic event, since she was the first African-American woman to win this laurel. Actor Denzel Washington was the second man of African-American descent in history to win the same award in the male category, on the same day.


1792

Trivia

Benjamin West Becomes The 1st American President Of The Royal Academy

Benjamin West became the 1st American to be crowned the president of the renowned institution ‘Royal Academy of Arts’. This historic event occurred on the 24th of March, 1792. He believed that Art is a elegant and a magneficient medium to describe human beauty.


1828

Trivia

The ‘Philadelphia & Columbia Railway’ Was Legalized By The State

Pennsylvania’s first government project in the railways department, ‘The Philadelphia & Columbia Railway’ was sanctioned on this day. It was the world’s first train track to be built under the supervision of the government authorities.


1868

Trivia

The Birth Of ‘Metlife’

The well-known ‘Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’ came into being on 24th March, with its headquarters based in the U.S. The firm had a whopping 90 million clienteles and is considered one among the largest and the most successful life insurance organizations in the world.


1882

Trivia

Robert Koch Announces His Path-Breaking Discovery

Robert Koch, a renowned name in the field of microbiology, announced to the world on 24th March, 1882, about a deadly bacteria that caused Tuberculosis. According to Koch, ‘Mycobacterium tuberculosis’ was the root cause of this deadly illness.


1896

Trivia

Alexander Stepanovich Popov Displays The First Radio Signal Transmission

On this day, A.S Popov, an outstanding physicist used radio waves for communicaton between two dwellings in St Petersburg. In some parts of the world, like Eastern Europe, he is remembered as the ‘Inventor of radio’.


1907

Trivia

‘Dro’ A Georgian Newspaper Published For The First Time

‘Dro’ was a Georgian newspaper that was published in Tbilisi for the first time on March 24th, 1907. Only 31 editions of this renowned newspaper were published and it was forcibly stopped later due to pressure from the state authorities.


1920

Trivia

The First U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Was Established At Morehead City

It was on this day in 1920 that the U.S coast guard established its first Air Base in a discarded naval air Station in Morehead City, North Carolina. The establishment of the air station made it easier for the coast guard to smuggle Whiskey.


1922

Trivia

The Brutal McMahon Killings

On 24th March, 1922 the gruesome murder of about 6 men of Catholic faith took place and this episode of crime is now remembered as the ‘McMahon murders’. The master mind of this brutal mass-murder is not yet certain, but the ‘Royal Irish Constabulary’ and ‘Ulster Special Constabulary’ are the prime suspects of the crime.


1932

Trivia

Belle Baker Hosted The Radio Show On A Moving Train

Singer Belle Baker presented a show for the ‘WABC’ radio station in New York City on this day. It was the first time in world history that a radio show was hosted from a moving train.


1958

Trivia

Elvis Presley Joined The U.S. Army

It was on this day in 1958, that the king of ‘rock and roll’ Elvis Presley, officially became a part of the U.S army. Rather than simply stick to the privileged life of an entertainer, Elvis served as a regular soldier till he left the army in 1960.


1965

Trivia

First Teach-In Held At The ‘University Of Michigan’

A ‘Teach-in’ is an interactive kind of an education system with no time limit. On the 24th of March 1965, the first ‘Teach-In’ event was conducted at the ‘University Of Michigan’. The subject for this teach-in event was the ‘U.S involvement in the Vietnam War’ which continued throughout the night and ended only early next morning.


1965

Trivia

‘NASA’ Spacecraft ‘Ranger 9’ Landed

Ranger 9 was an American spacecraft which landed on the Moon on 24th March 1965. This feat was an incredible one in the history of the space research giant.


1980

Trivia

The Premiere Of The Famous News Show ‘Nightline’

It was on this day in 1980 that a late night U.S news show called ‘Nightline’ was aired for the first time. A brainchild of the renowned media executive, Roone Arledge, ‘Nightline’ was ranked 23rd on ‘TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time’ in 2002 and is running even today.


1989

Trivia

The Launch Of The Satellite ‘Delta Star’

‘Delta Star’ was an Earth orbiting satellite, which was propelled into space on this day in 1989 by the U.S based space research giant ‘NASA’. This spacecraft which possessed the most sophisticated technology, was launched to carry out scientific experiments. However, it became dysfunctional on the 27th of December, 1990.


1993

Trivia

Comet ‘Shoemaker–Levy 9’ Discovered

‘Shoemaker-Levy9’ was the first comet to make headlines all over after it was noticed that the celestial body revolved around Jupiter. It was discovered by M. Shoemaker and David Levy on this eventful day of 1993.


1996

Trivia

Shannon Lucid Enters Mir

It was on this day in 1996 that U.S. astronaut Shannon Lucid docked her space shuttle ‘Atlantis’ on ‘Mir’, a spacestation. ‘Mir’ was shared with two other Russian cosmonauts for about 6 months, setting the American record for the longest period in space.


1998

Trivia

Mitchell Johnson And Andrew Golden Committed A Massacre

Two kids named Mitchell and Andrew executed a gruesome shootout in 1998 and mercilessly murdered five people. The insane duo also went on to injure 10 people in this cold-blooded act of butchery.


2001

Trivia

Mac OS X 10.0 Released

‘Apple’ celebrated the release of its first version of ‘Mac OSX 10.0’ on March 24, 2001. This operating system used a completely different code base and memory system, but did not do very well since users felt it lacked several features.


2007

Trivia

The Ferrari ‘Around-The-World Relay’ Pauses In L.A

The Ferrari ‘around-the-world relay’ which started on January 28th 2007, hit the streets of L.A on March 24th, the same year. The relay marked the various important advances that ‘Ferrari’ made in the history of automobiles. The event was a phenomenal success with tons of people enthusiastically taking part in it.


People Born This Day

Constantine Andreou
(1917-2007)
Painter, Sculptor [ Greek ]
Andrew William Mellon
(1855-1937)
Industrialist, Philanthropist [ American ]
David Suzuki
(1936-)
[ Canadian ]
Edward Weston
(1886-1958)
Photographer [ American ]
Steven McQueen
(1930-1980)
Actor [ American ]
William Morris
(1834-1896)
Textile Designer, Poet [ British ]
Agnes Macphail
(1890-1954)
Canadian Politician [ Canadian ]
R. Lee Ermey
(1944-)
[ American ]
Alan Sugar
(1947-)
[ British ]
Tommy Hilfiger
(1951-)
Fashion Designer [ American ]
Malcolm Muggeridge
(1903-1990)
Journalist and Author [ British ]
Peyton Manning
(1976-)
American Football Quarterback [ American ]
Harry Houdini
(1874-1926)
Illusionist [ Hungarian ]
The Undertaker
(1965-)
Professional Wrestler [ American ]
Steve Ballmer
(1956-)
Former CEO of Microsoft [ American ]
Peter Debye
(1884-1966)
[ American ]
Matilda Joslyn Gage
(1826-1898)
Abolitionist, Freethinker, Author [ American ]
John Wesley Powell
(1834-1902)
Explorer, Geologist [ American ]
Ranil Wickremasinghe
(1949-)
Prime Minister of Sri Lanka [ Sri Lankan ]
Dario Fo
(1926-)
Playwright [ Italian ]
John Kendrew
(1917-1997)
Biochemist and Crystallographer [ British ]
Joseph Priestley
(1733-1804)
Discoverer of Oxygen [ British ]
Chris Bosh
(1984-)
Basketball Player [ American ]
Zyzz (Aziz Shavershian)
(1989-2011)
Body Builder, Internet Personality [ Australian ]
Jonathan Jafari
(1990-)
YouTuber [ American ]
Jim Parsons
(1973-)
Actor [ American ]


People Died This Day

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(1807-1882)
Poet & Educator [ American ]
Enrique Granados
(1867-1916)
Pianist and Composer [ Spanish ]
An Wang
(1920-1990)
Co-founder of Wang Laboratories [ Chinese ]
John Harrison
(1693-1776)
[ British ]
Jules Verne
(1828-1905)
Writer [ French ]
Alexander Alekhine
(1892-1946)
[ Russian ]
John Hersey
(1914-1993)
[ American ]
Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield
(1694-1773)
British Statesman [ British ]
Óscar Romero
(1917-1980)
Archbishop of San Salvador [ Salvadoran ]
Elizabeth I of England
(1533-1603)
Queen of England [ British ]
Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
(1887-1976)
Allied Commander in World War II [ British ]
Johan Cruyff
(1947-2016)
Former Dutch Footballer & Manager [ Dutch ]
Cesar Milstein
(1927-2002)
Biochemist, Immunologist [ Argentine ]
Mary Ann Cotton
(1832-1873)
Serial Killer [ British ]
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