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What happened on March 24? There are more than 282 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About March 24

March 24 is the 83rd day of the year 2019. There are 282 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday. This day falls under the 12th week of the year 2019.

On this day in Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807 sunrise will occur at 11:54 AM and sunset will occur at 12:14 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aries. The modern birthstone for this month is Aquamarine while the mystical birthstone is Jade.

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March 24: A Day In History

March 24th is the 365th and last day of the year in many European implementations of the Julian calendar.

Historical Events For March 24

  • 1401
    Turko-Mongol emperor Timur sacks Damascus.
  • 1603
    James VI of Scotland also becomes James I of England.
  • 1603
    Tokugawa Ieyasu is granted the title of shogun from Emperor Go-Yozei, and establishes the Tokugawa Shogunate in Edo, Japan.
  • 1707
    The Acts of Union 1707 is signed, officially uniting the Kingdoms of England and Scotland to create the Kingdom of Great Britain.
  • 1731
    Naturalization of Hieronimus de Salis Parliamentary Act is passed.
  • 1765
    American Revolutionary War: The Kingdom of Great Britain passes the Quartering Act that requires the Thirteen Colonies to house British troops.
  • 1829
    Catholic Emancipation: The Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829, allowing Catholics to serve in Parliament.
  • 1832
    In Hiram, Ohio a group of men beat, tar and feather Mormon leader Joseph Smith, Jr.
  • 1837
    Canada gives African Canadian men the right to vote.
  • 1860
    Sakuradamon incident (1860): Assassination of Japanese Chief Minister (Tairō) Ii Naosuke
  • 1869
    The last of Titokowaru’s forces surrendered to the New Zealand government, ending his uprising.
  • 1878
    The British frigate HMS Eurydice sinks, killing more than 300.
  • 1882
    Robert Koch announces the discovery of mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis.
  • 1896
    A. A. Popov makes the first radio signal transmission in history.
  • 1900
    Mayor of New York City Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground “Rapid Transit Railroad” that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.
  • 1907
    The first issue of the Georgian Bolshevik newspaper Dro is published.
  • 1923
    Greece becomes a republic.
  • 1927
    Nanjing Incident: Foreign warships bombard Nanjing, China, in defense of the foreign citizens within the city.
  • 1933
    The Enabling Act of 1933 is passed by the German Reichstag, allowing Adolf Hitler to gain plenary power.
  • 1934
    U.S. Congress passes the Tydings-McDuffie Act allowing the Philippines to become a self-governing commonwealth.
  • 1944
    Ardeatine Massacre: German troops kill 335 Italian civilians in Rome.
  • 1944
    World War II: In an event later dramatized in the movie The Great Escape, 76 prisoners begin breaking out of Stalag Luft III.
  • 1946
    The British Cabinet Mission, consisting of Lord Pethick-Lawrence, Sir Stafford Cripps and A. V. Alexander, arrives in India to discuss and plan for the transfer of power from the British Raj to Indian leadership.
  • 1958
    Rock'N'Roll teen idol Elvis Presley is drafted in the U.S. Army.
  • 1959
    The Party of the African Federation is launched by Léopold Sédar Senghor and Modibo Keita.
  • 1965
    NASA spacecraft Ranger 9, equipped to convert its signals into a form suitable for showing on domestic television, brings images of the Moon into ordinary homes before crash landing.
  • 1972
    The United Kingdom imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland.
  • 1973
    Kenyan athlete Kip Keino defeats Jim Ryun at the first-ever professional track meet in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1976
    In Argentina, the armed forces overthrow the constitutional government of President Isabel Perón and start a 7-year dictatorial period self-styled the National Reorganization Process. Since 2006, a public holiday known as Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice is held on this day.
  • 1980
    Archbishop Óscar Romero is killed while celebrating Mass in San Salvador.
  • 1986
    The Loscoe gas explosion leads to new UK laws on landfill gas migration and gas protection on landfill sites.
  • 1989
    Exxon Valdez oil spill: In Prince William Sound in Alaska, the Exxon Valdez spills 240000 oilbbl of petroleum after running aground.
  • 1993
    Discovery of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.
  • 1998
    A tornado sweeps through Dantan in India killing 250 people and injuring 3000 others.
  • 1998
    Jonesboro massacre: Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden, aged 11 and 13 respectively, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people are killed and ten are wounded.
  • 1999
    Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
  • 1999
    Mont Blanc Tunnel fire kills 38 people
  • 2000
    S&P 500 index reaches an intraday high of 1,552.87, a peak that, due to the collapse of the dot-com bubble, it will not reach again for another seven-and-a-half years.
  • 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.
  • 2008
    Bhutan officially becomes a democracy, with its first ever general election.

Who Were Born On March 24?

  • 1494
    Georg Agricola, German scientist (d. 1555)
  • 1607
    Michiel de Ruyter, Dutch admiral (d. 1667)
  • 1628
    Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1685)
  • 1657
    Arai Hakuseki, Japanese writer and politician (d. 1725)
  • 1693
    John Harrison, British clockmaker (d. 1776)
  • 1725
    Samuel Ashe, 9th Governor of North Carolina (d. 1813)
  • 1725
    Thomas Cushing, American Continental Congressman and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1788)
  • 1755
    Rufus King, American politician (d. 1827)
  • 1775
    Muthuswami Dikshitar, South Indian poet and composer, considered one of the musical trinity of Carnatic music (d. 1835)
  • 1782
    Orest Kiprensky, Russian painter (d. 1836)
  • 1796
    John Corry Wilson Daly, Canadian politician (d. 1878)
  • 1803
    Egerton Ryerson, Canadian educator and politician (d. 1882)
  • 1808
    Maria Malibran, Spanish-French singer (d. 1836)
  • 1809
    Joseph Liouville, French mathematician (d. 1882)
  • 1809
    Mariano José de Larra, Spanish journalist and writer (d. 1837)
  • 1820
    A. E. Becquerel, French physicist (d. 1891)
  • 1820
    Fanny Crosby, American hymnist (d. 1915)
  • 1826
    Matilda Joslyn Gage, American feminist and suffragette (d. 1898)
  • 1828
    Horace Gray, American jurist and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States (d. 1902)
  • 1829
    George Francis Train, American businessman (d. 1904)
  • 1829
    Ignacio Zaragoza, Mexican general (d. 1862)
  • 1830
    Robert Hamerling, Austrian poet (d. 1889)
  • 1834
    John Wesley Powell, American explorer and environmentalist (d. 1902)
  • 1834
    William Morris, English writer and designer (d. 1896)
  • 1835
    Jožef Stefan, Slovenian physicist (d. 1893)
  • 1848
    Honoré Beaugrand, Quebec journalist and newspaper publisher (La Patrie) (d. 1906)
  • 1850
    Silas Hocking, British novelist and preacher (d. 1935)
  • 1855
    Andrew Mellon, American financier (d. 1937)
  • 1855
    Olive Schreiner, South African writer (d. 1920)
  • 1874
    Harry Houdini, (Erik Weisz), Hungarian-born magician (d. 1926)
  • 1874
    Luigi Einaudi, 2nd President of the Italian Republic (d. 1961)
  • 1884
    Eugène Tisserant, French Cardinal and Dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals (d. 1972)
  • 1884
    Peter Debye, Dutch chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1966)
  • 1886
    Athenagoras I, 268th Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (d. 1972)
  • 1886
    Edward Weston, American photographer (d. 1958)
  • 1887
    Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, American actor (d. 1933)
  • 1888
    Viktor Kingissepp, Estonian Bolshevik politician (d. 1922)
  • 1889
    Albert Hill, British athlete (d. 1969)
  • 1890
    Agnes Macphail, first female member of the Canadian House of Commons (d. 1954)
  • 1891
    Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov, Soviet physicist (d. 1951)
  • 1893
    George Sisler, American baseball player (d. 1973)
  • 1893
    Walter Baade, German astronomer (d. 1960)
  • 1897
    Wilhelm Reich, Austrian-born psychotherapist (d. 1957)
  • 1901
    Ub Iwerks, American cartoonist (d. 1971)
  • 1902
    Thomas E. Dewey, American politician (d. 1971)
  • 1903
    Adolf Butenandt, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1995)
  • 1903
    Malcolm Muggeridge, British author and scholar (d. 1990)
  • 1905
    Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (d. 2007)
  • 1906
    Klavdiya Shulzhenko, Soviet singer (d. 1984)
  • 1907
    Paul Sauvé, Quebec politician (d. 1960)
  • 1909
    Clyde Barrow, American criminal (d. 1934)
  • 1910
    Richard Conte, American actor (d. 1975)
  • 1911
    Joseph Barbera, American cartoonist (d. 2006)
  • 1912
    Dorothy Height, American activist (d. 2010)
  • 1915
    “Gorgeous” George Wagner, American professional wrestler (d. 1963)
  • 1916
    Donald Hamilton, Swedish-American novelist (d. 2006)
  • 1916
    Harry Blackmore Whittington, British palaeontologist (d. 2010)
  • 1917
    Constantine Andreou, Greek-Brazilian artist (d. 2007)
  • 1917
    John Kendrew, British molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1997)
  • 1919
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti, American author and publisher
  • 1919
    Robert Heilbroner, American economist (d. 2005)
  • 1920
    Gene Nelson, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1921
    Franciszek Blachnicki, Polish priest (d. 1987)
  • 1921
    Vasily Smyslov, Russian chess player (d. 2010)
  • 1922
    Onna White, Canadian choreographer (d. 2005)
  • 1923
    Michael Legat, England writer (d. 2011)
  • 1923
    Murray Hamilton, American actor (d. 1986)
  • 1924
    Norman Fell, American actor (d. 1998)
  • 1925
    Puig Aubert, French rugby league footballer (d. 1994)
  • 1926
    Dario Fo, Italian writer, Nobel laureate
  • 1926
    Desmond Connell, Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Dublin
  • 1927
    Martin Walser, German author
  • 1928
    Byron Janis, American pianist
  • 1930
    Agustín González, Spanish actor (d. 2005)
  • 1930
    David Dacko, Central African Republician politician (d. 2003)
  • 1930
    Steve McQueen, American actor (d. 1980)
  • 1931
    Hanno Drechsler, German politician (d. 2003)
  • 1934
    William Smith, American actor
  • 1935
    Carol Kaye, American musician
  • 1935
    Peter Bichsel, Swiss writer
  • 1936
    David Suzuki, Canadian scientist and environmentalist
  • 1937
    Billy Stewart, American singer (d. 1970)
  • 1938
    David Irving, British historian
  • 1938
    Holger Czukay, German musician (Can)
  • 1940
    Bob Mackie, American fashion designer
  • 1940
    Don Jardine, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 2006)
  • 1944
    R. Lee Ermey, American actor
  • 1944
    Vojislav Koštunica, Serbian Prime Minister
  • 1945
    Curtis Hanson, American film director
  • 1945
    Robert T. Bakker, American paleontologist
  • 1946
    Klaus Dinger, German musician (d. 2008)
  • 1947
    Alan Sugar, English businessman
  • 1947
    Christine Gregoire, American politician
  • 1947
    Dennis Erickson, American football coach
  • 1947
    Meiko Kaji, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1948
    Jerzy Kukuczka, Polish mountaineer (d. 1989)
  • 1949
    Nick Lowe, British musician
  • 1949
    Ruud Krol, Dutch footballer
  • 1949
    Tabitha Spruce, American writer, poet and activist
  • 1950
    Gary Wichard, American professional sports agent (d. 2011)
  • 1951
    Dougie Thomson, British bassist
  • 1951
    Pat Bradley, American golfer
  • 1951
    Tommy Hilfiger, American fashion designer
  • 1953
    Anita L. Allen, American law professor
  • 1953
    Louie Anderson, American comedian
  • 1954
    Donna Pescow, American actress
  • 1954
    Robert Carradine, American actor
  • 1955
    Doug Jarvis, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1956
    Steve Ballmer, American businessman
  • 1957
    Pierre Harvey, Canadian cyclist and cross-country skier
  • 1958
    Mike Woodson, American basketball player and head coach
  • 1959
    Derek Statham, English footballer
  • 1960
    Barry Horowitz, American professional wrestler
  • 1960
    Kelly LeBrock, American actress
  • 1960
    Nena, German pop singer
  • 1960
    Scott Pruett, American race car driver
  • 1961
    Dean Jones, Australian cricketer
  • 1962
    Angèle Dubeau, Canadian violinist
  • 1962
    Star Jones, American television personality
  • 1963
    Raimond van der Gouw, Dutch footballer goalkeeper
  • 1965
    Gurmit Singh, Singaporean actor
  • 1965
    Patrick Scales, British-German electric bass guitar player
  • 1965
    Peter Jacobson, American actor
  • 1965
    The Undertaker, American professional wrestler
  • 1969
    Houston, American pornographic actress
  • 1970
    Judith Draxler, Austrian swimmer
  • 1970
    Lara Flynn Boyle, American actress
  • 1970
    Mike Vanderjagt, Canadian football player
  • 1970
    Sharon Corr, Irish musician (The Corrs)
  • 1971
    Megyn Price, American actress
  • 1972
    Steve Karsay, American baseball player
  • 1973
    Jacek Bąk, Polish footballer
  • 1973
    Jim Parsons, American actor
  • 1973
    Mette Jacobsen, Danish swimmer
  • 1973
    Philippe Boucher, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1973
    Steve Corica, Australian footballer
  • 1974
    Alyson Hannigan, American actress
  • 1974
    Chad Butler, American drummer (Switchfoot)
  • 1975
    Krisdayanti, Indonesian singer and actress
  • 1975
    Thomas Johansson, Swedish tennis player
  • 1976
    Aaron Brooks, American football player
  • 1976
    Aliou Cissé, Senegalese footballer
  • 1976
    Athanasios Kostoulas, Greek footballer
  • 1976
    Peyton Manning, American football player
  • 1977
    Angellica Bell, English TV presenter
  • 1977
    Corneille, Rwandan/Canadian singer
  • 1977
    Darren Lockyer, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1977
    Olivia Burnette, American actress
  • 1978
    Kaori Mochida, Japanese singer (Every Little Thing)
  • 1978
    Michael Braun, Australian rules footballer
  • 1979
    Emraan Hashmi, Indian actor
  • 1979
    Graeme Swann, English cricketer
  • 1979
    Lake Bell, American actress
  • 1979
    Norris Hopper, American baseball player
  • 1979
    Periklis Iakovakis, Greek athlete
  • 1980
    Tassos Venetis, Greek footballer
  • 1981
    Dirk Hayhurst, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Gary Paffett, British racing driver
  • 1981
    Mark Looms, Dutch footballer
  • 1981
    Mike Adams, American football player
  • 1981
    Ron Hainsey, American ice hockey player
  • 1982
    Christian Hug, German rugby player
  • 1982
    Corey Hart, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Dustin McGowan, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Jack Swagger, American professional wrestler
  • 1982
    Jimmy Hempte, Belgian footballer
  • 1982
    Nivea, American singer
  • 1983
    Kelvin Kwan, Hong Kong singer
  • 1983
    Luca Ceccarelli, Italian footballer
  • 1983
    Riccardo Musetti, Italian footballer
  • 1983
    T. J. Ford, American basketball player
  • 1984
    Adrian D'Souza, Indian field hockey player
  • 1984
    Benoît Assou-Ekotto, French footballer
  • 1984
    Chris Bosh, American basketball player
  • 1984
    Park Bom, South Korean singer (2NE1)
  • 1985
    Amanda Lameche, Swedish singer
  • 1985
    Haruka Ayase, Japanese actress and model
  • 1986
    Kohei Hirate, Japanese racing driver
  • 1986
    Tony McMahon, English footballer
  • 1987
    Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1987
    Yuma Asami, Japanese adult video actress
  • 1988
    Ryan Higgins, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1989
    Aziz Shavershian, Australian body-builder (d. 2011)
  • 1990
    Aljur Abrenica, Filipino actor
  • 1990
    Keisha Castle-Hughes, Australian/New Zealand actress
  • 1990
    Starlin Castro, American baseball player
  • 1998
    Isabel Suckling, British Choirgirl

Who Died On March 24?

  • 809
    Harun al-Rashid, Abbasid caliph (b. 763)
  • 1284
    King Hugh III of Cyprus (b. 1235)
  • 1381
    Saint Catharine of Sweden, Swedish saint (b. 1332)
  • 1396
    Walter Hilton, English mystic (b. 1340)
  • 1455
    Pope Nicholas V (b. 1397)
  • 1558
    Anna of Egmond, Countess of Egmond and Buren (b. 1533)
  • 1563
    Hosokawa Harumoto, Japanese military leader (b. 1514)
  • 1575
    Yosef Karo, Spanish-born rabbi (b. 1488)
  • 1603
    Queen Elizabeth I of England (b. 1533)
  • 1653
    Samuel Scheidt, German composer (b. 1587)
  • 1773
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, English statesman (b. 1694)
  • 1776
    John Harrison, English clockmaker (b. 1693)
  • 1869
    Antoine-Henri Jomini, French general (b. 1779)
  • 1881
    Achille Ernest Oscar Joseph Delesse, French geologist (b. 1817)
  • 1882
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American author (b. 1807)
  • 1887
    Ivan Kramskoi, Russian painter and art critic (b. 1837)
  • 1888
    Vsevolod Garshin, Russian author (b. 1855)
  • 1905
    Jules Verne, French author (b. 1828)
  • 1909
    John Millington Synge, Irish playwright (b. 1871)
  • 1915
    Karol Olszewski, Polish scientist (b. 1846)
  • 1916
    Enrique Granados, Spanish composer (b. 1867)
  • 1921
    Larry McLean, Canadian baseball player (b. 1881)
  • 1926
    Phan Chu Trinh, Vietnamese nationalist (b. 1872)
  • 1944
    Orde Charles Wingate, British Major-General, prominent Zionist, eccentric (b. 1903)
  • 1946
    Alexander Alekhine, Russian chess player (b. 1892)
  • 1948
    Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish modernist painter (b. 1885)
  • 1950
    James Rudolph Garfield, American politician (b. 1865)
  • 1953
    Mary of Teck, Queen Consort to George V of the United Kingdom (b. 1867)
  • 1962
    Auguste Piccard, Swiss physicist and explorer (b. 1884)
  • 1962
    Jean Goldkette, Greek-born musician (b. 1899)
  • 1968
    Alice Guy-Blaché, American film director (b. 1873)
  • 1976
    Bernard Montgomery, British field marshal (b. 1887)
  • 1980
    Óscar Romero, Salvadoran Catholic archbishop (b. 1917)
  • 1984
    Sam Jaffe, American actor (b. 1891)
  • 1990
    Ray Goulding, American comedian (b. 1922)
  • 1991
    Sir John Kerr, Australian Governor-General (b. 1914)
  • 1993
    Albert Arlen, Australian pianist, composer, actor, director (b. 1905)
  • 1993
    John Hersey, American author (b. 1914)
  • 1995
    Joseph Needham, British academic and sinologist (b. 1900)
  • 1997
    Harold Melvin, American singer (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes) (b. 1939)
  • 1997
    Martin Caidin, American aviation writer (b. 1927)
  • 1999
    Birdie Tebbetts, American baseball player and manager (b. 1912)
  • 1999
    Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, German women’s activist (b. 1902)
  • 2001
    Muriel Young, English TV entertainer (b. 1928)
  • 2002
    César Milstein, Argentine scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1927)
  • 2003
    Hans Hermann Groër, Austrian Catholic archbishop (b. 1919)
  • 2006
    Lynne Perrie, English actress (b. 1931)
  • 2008
    Chalmers “Spanky” Alford, American guitarist (b. 1955)
  • 2008
    Hal Riney, American advertising executive (b. 1932)
  • 2008
    Neil Aspinall, British record producer (b. 1941)
  • 2008
    Richard Widmark, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2009
    George Kell, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • 2010
    Jim Marshall, American photographer (b. 1936)
  • 2010
    Johnny Maestro, American singer (b. 1939)
  • 2010
    Robert Culp, American actor (b. 1930)


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