March 24 Events in History - March 24 Birthdays - March 24 Deaths
2015 H.J. Heinz Co and Kraft Foods Group Inc. will merge to form the third-largest global food company, Kraft Heinz Co.; the merger will be financed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and Jorge Paulo Lemann's 3G Capital
2014 Disney announces that it will buy Maker Studios for $500 million with an additional payout of $450 million if certain performance targets are met; purchase of the online video producer may help Disney expand marketing outlets for its media
2014 A lawsuit against Lance Armstrong is dismissed; after he admitted to doping, the plaintiffs sued, claiming that they bought energy-drink maker FRS Co. believing that the drinks endorsed by Armstrong had been the key reason for his cycling success
2013 In Paris, hundreds of thousands of people protest the legalization of same-sex marriage in France; the protest turns violent after access to the Champs-Elysees is denied
2013 The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, asserts he will have the International Court of Justice in The Hague solve the border dispute between Bolivia and Chile
2012 China announces its plan to phase-out the practice of taking and selling organs from executed prisoners
2012 U.S. Presidential candidate Rick Santorum wins the caucuses in the state of Louisiana
2011 Kenya opens The Africa Carbon Exchange, the first carbon exchange in Africa to exchange carbon credits
2011 The U.S. Census conducted April 1, 2010 reveals that New York city is the country's most populated city, with 8,175,133 residents
2010 Denisova hominin - a previously unknown type of ancient human, is identified by scientists through DNA analysis from a finger discovered in a cave near Siberia, Russia
2008 Bhutan holds it's first public election
2002 74th Academy Awards Oscar Ceremony, Whoopi Goldberg hosts, A Beautiful Mind wins Best Picture, Denzell Washington and Hallie Berry win lead acting awards
1997 69th Academy Awards - Oscar Ceremony Billy Crystal hosts, The English Patient wins Best Picture, Geoffrey Rush and Frances McDormand win lead acting awards
1997 Australian parliament overturns world's 1st and only euthanasia law
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 Metropolitan Transportation Authority raises New York City bridge tolls to $3.50 each way
1994 "Carousel" opens at Beaumont Theater New York City for 322 performances
1994 "Song of Jacob Zulu" opens at Plymouth Theater New York City for 53 performances
1994 Robert F Kennedy, Jr. divorces Emily Black
1993 Ezer Weizman elected president of Israel
1992 "Jake's Women" opens at Neil Simon Theater New York City for 245 performances
1992 Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) launches into space
1992 1st Belgium in the space, Dirk Frimout on Atlantis Space Shuttle STS-45 (Atlantis 11) launches into space
1991 "Les Miserables," opens at Auditorium Theatre, Chicago
1991 11th Golden Raspberry Awards: Ford Fairlane and Ghosts Can't Do It wins
1991 Barcelona Dragons beat NY/New Jersey Knights 19-7 in their 1st WLAF game
1991 Danielle Ammaccapane wins LPGA Standard Register Ping Golf Tournament
1991 Banks reopen in liberated Kuwait
1991 New York Yankees beat New York Mets, 9-3
1991 Wrestlemania VII in LA, Hulk Hogan pins Sergeant Slaughter
1990 Indian troops leave Sri Lanka
1990 Tom Hunter swims world record 50m freestyle (21.81 sec)
1989 Mary Martin in "Peter Pan," 1st seen on TV since 1973
1989 Worst U.S. oil spill, Exxon's Valdez spills 11.3 mil gallons off Alaska
1988 "Gospel at Colonus" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City for 61 performances
1988 Quarterback Dan Fouts retires
1987 1st Soul Train Music Awards: Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross
1987 WA win the Sheffield Shield by drawing cricket final vs Victoria
1986 58th Academy Awards - "Out of Africa," William Hurt and G Page win
1986 Suriname army Captain Etienne Boerenveen arrested for cocaine smuggling
1986 U.S. and Libya clash in Gulf of Sidra
1986 NASA publishes "Strategy for Safely Returning the Space Shuttle to Flight Status"
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 Australia, Sharjah)
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)
1982 U.S. submarine Jacksonville collides with a Turkish freighter near Virginia
1981 "Nightline with Ted Koppel" premieres on ABC
1981 Bombay beat Delhi by innings and 46 to win Ranji Cricket Trophy
1981 Colombia drops diplomatic relations with Cuba
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
1979 "Ballroom" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 116 performances
1979 1st appearance as Australian cricket captain for Kim Hughes
1979 Columbia flown on carrier aircraft lands at Kennedy Space Center
1979 10 rebounds and 10 assists, as the Spartans cruise to a 101-67 by Earvin "Magic" Johnson registers triple-double 29 pts
1978 Wings release "With a Little Luck"
1976 Argentine President Isabel Peron deposed by country's military
1975 Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1974 36th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: North Carolina State beats Marquette 76-64
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 San Francisco 49er President Lou Spadia proposes NFL expand to 30 teams
1972 Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland
1970 Dutch cartoonist Frans Piet ends "Sjors and Sjimmie" strip
1968 Mickey Wright wins Port Malabar Golf Invitational
1967 University of Michigan holds 1st "Teach-in" after bombing of North Vietnam
1966 Selective Service announces college deferments based on performance
1965 U.S. Ranger 9 strikes Moon, 10 miles (16 km) NE of crater Alphonsus
1964 Kennedy half-dollar issued
1962 24th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Cincinnati beats Ohio State 71-59
1962 Benny Paret, KOed in a welterweight title, he dies 10 days later
1962 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards perform as Little Boy Blue and Blue Boys
1961 New York Senate approves $55M for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows
1960 U.S. appeals court rules novel, "Lady Chatterly's Lover," not obscene
1959 Iraq withdraws from the Baghdad Pact
1958 Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)
1955 1st seagoing oil drill rig placed in service
1955 Tennessee Williams, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens for 694 performances
1953 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1952 Great demonstrations against apartheid in South Africa
1950 U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Yvonne C Sherman
1950 U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
1949 21st Academy Awards - "Hamlet," Laurence Olivier and Jane Wyman win
1949 Walter and John Huston become 1st father-and-son team to win
1947 Congress proposes 2-term limitation on the presidency
1947 John D Rockefeller, Jr. donates New York City East River site to the U.N.
1945 General Eisenhower, Montgomery and Bradley discuss advance in Germany
1945 Largest one-day airborne drop, 600 transports and 1300 gliders
1945 Operation Varsity: British, U.S. and Canadian airborne landings East of Rhine
1945 U.S. minesweepers reach Kerama Retto, South coast of Okinawa
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
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 and Paul Green's "Native Son," premieres in New York City
1937 Bus blew a tire, going out of control, killing 18 (Salem Illinois)
1937 National Gallery of Art established by Congress
1936 Red Wings beat Montreal Maroons in 16 minutes and 30 seconds of 6th period Stanley Cup game lasts 9 periods (176 minutes), ends 1-0
1935 Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour goes national on NBC Radio Network
1934 U.S. declares the Philippines to become independent in 1945
1933 Peter I Island incorporated as a Norwegian dependency
1932 1st U.S. radio broadcast from a moving train (Belle Baker WABC from MD)
1930 1st religious services telecast in U.S. (W2XBS New York City)
1930 Planet Pluto named
1930 Ronsburgse Boys soccer team forms
1927 Cuban chess champ, Jose Capablanca wins 33-day Grand Chess Tournie
1927 Dutch 1st Chamber condemns Belgian and Netherlands Wielingen Treaty
1926 The Beehive in the Hague opens 1st escalator in Netherlands
1925 KSL-AM in Salt Lake City UT begins radio transmissions
1924 Greece becomes a republic
1922 Grand National at Aintree sees only 3 horses out of 32 starters finish
1920 1st U.S. coast guard air station established (Morehead City NC)
1913 Netherlands soccer team's 1st victory over England
1913 Palace Theater opens at 1564 Broadway New York City
1910 83 degrees F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in March
1906 "Census of the British Empire" shows England rules 1/5 of the world
1898 1st automobile sold
1894 37 miners killed at Franklin, Washington
1890 Start of Sherlock Holmes "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge"
1887 Oscar Straus appointed 1st Jewish ambassador from U.S. (to Turkey)
1883 1st telephone call between New York and Chicago
1882 German scientist Robert Koch discovers bacillus cause of TB
1882 Dr. Robert Koch discovers germ that causes tuberculosis
1880 Tobacco Growers' Mutual Insurance Company incorporates in Connecticut
1878 British frigate Eurydice sunk; 300 lost
1877 University boat race between Oxford and Cambridge ends in a dead heat
1868 Metropolitan Life Insurance Co forms
1860 Clipper Andrew Jackson arrives in SF, 89 days out of NY
1855 Manhattan Kansas founded as New Boston Kansas
1848 State of siege proclaimed in Amsterdam
1837 Canada gives blacks the right to vote
1832 Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio
1828 Philadelphia and Columbia Railway (1st state owned) authorized
1801 Aleksandr P Romanov becomes emperor of Russia
1792 Benjamin West (U.S.) becomes president of Royal Academy of London
1765 Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers
1734 Netherlands William K H Friso marries princess Anne of Hanover
1721 Johann Sebastian Bach opens his Brandenburgse Concerts
1664 Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island
1645 Battle at Jankov Bohemia: Sweden beats RC emperor Ferdinand III
1629 1st game law passed in American colonies, by Virginia
1603 Scottish king James VI becomes King James I of England
1550 France and England sign Peace of Boulogne
1545 German Parliament opens in Worms
1379 End of Gelderse war victory