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Mar 24, Harun al-Rashid (Arabic for The Rightly
Guided), caliph of the Abbasid empire (786-809), died at age 44. His
reign is immortalized in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights.
His work included the construction of a House of Wisdom in Baghdad.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harun_al-Rashid)(WSJ, 2/8/06, p.D12)
1208 Mar 24, King John of
England opposed Innocent III on his nomination for archbishop of
1285 Mar 24, Lithuanian Grand
Duke Daumantas (1281-1285) died.
1550 Mar 24, France and England
signed the Peace of Boulogne. It ended the war of England with
Scotland and France. France bought back Boulogne for 400,000 crowns.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.18)(MC, 3/24/02)
1603 Mar 24, Tudor Queen
Elizabeth I (69), the "Virgin Queen," died. She had reigned from
1558-1603. Scottish King James VI, son of Mary, became King James I
of England in the union of the crowns. Each country retained its own
parliament until 1707. In 2006 Leanda de Lisle authored “After
(WSJ, 4/16/97, p.A13)(WSJ, 2/4/06, p.P9)(Reuters,
1661 Mar 24, William Leddra
became the last Quaker to be hanged in Boston. Quakers were last
hanged on Boston Common. Charles II ordered the executions stopped.
(WSJ, 4/4/01, p.A18)(MC, 3/24/02)
1663 Mar 24, Charles II of
England awarded lands known as Carolina in America to eight members
of the nobility who assisted in his restoration. [see Apr 6]
1693 Mar 24, John Harrison
(d.1776), Englishman who invented the chronometer, was born.
1720 Mar 24, In Paris, banking
houses closed in the wake of financial crisis. The "Mississippi
Bubble" burst as panicked investors withdrew their money from John
Law's bank and Mississippi Company [see South Sea Bubble, Jan,
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R8)(HN, 3/24/99)(WSJ, 7/19/00,
1721 Mar 24, In Germany, the
supremely talented Johann Sebastian Bach published the Six
1755 Mar 24, Rufus King, framer
of the U.S. Constitution, was born.
1765 Mar 24, Britain enacted
the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide
temporary housing to 10,000 British soldiers in public and private
(AP, 3/23/97) (HN, 3/24/98)
1765 Mar 24, Austrian Empress
Maria Theresa issued a decree to establish a School for Healing
(StuAus, April '95, p.23)
1794 Mar 24, In Cracow a
revolutionary manifesto was proclaimed. The Lithuanian and Polish
nobility under the leadership of Tadas Kasciuska revolted against
(H of L, 1931, p. 81-82)(LHC, 3/23/03)
1801 Mar 24, Aleksandr P.
Romanov became emperor of Russia.
1802 Mar 24, Richard Trevithick
was granted a patent in London for his steam locomotive.
(ON, 4/04, p.5)
1832 Mar 24, Mormon founder,
martyr Joseph Smith was beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio.
1832 Mar 24, The British Reform
Act passed the House of Commons under the Whig government. It
introduced the first changes to electoral franchise legislation in
almost one hundred and fifty years. On June 4 it passed the House of
Lords and on June 7 received Royal Assent.
1834 Mar 24, John Wesley
Powell, US, geologist, explorer, ethnologist, was born.
(HFA, '96, p.26)(MC, 3/24/02)
1834 Mar 24, William Morris,
English craftsman, poet, socialist, was born.
1837 Mar 24, Canada gave blacks
the right to vote.
1848 Mar 24, The First
Schleswig War began. It was the first round of military conflict in
southern Denmark and northern Germany rooted in the
Schleswig-Holstein Question and contested the issue of who should
control the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein. The 3-year war lasted
1849 Mar 24, Johann Dobereiner
(b.1780), German chemist, died. He is best known for work that
foreshadowed the periodic law for the chemical elements.
1855 Mar 24, Andrew Mellon,
U.S. financier and philanthropist, was born. He developed interests
in coal, railroads, steel and water power. He also donated his
entire collection of paintings to the National Gallery of Art.
1855 Mar 24, Manhattan, Kansas,
was founded as New Boston, Kansas.
1862 Mar 24, Abolitionist
Wendell Phillips spoke to a crowd about emancipation in Cincinnati,
Ohio and was pelted by eggs.
1874 Mar 24, Harry Houdini
(d.1926), magician, escape artist, was born as Erik Weisz (Ehrich
Weiss) in Budapest. Young Ehrich Weiss emigrated with his parents to
New York and then to Wisconsin (1878). Sometime around 1891 he and a
partner in a magic act billed themselves as the Brothers Houdini, in
homage to French magician Eugène Robert-Houdin. As Harry Houdini,
Weiss became world-famous for his mind-boggling escapes. At age 43
he had a volcanic love affair with the widow of Jack London,
Charmian. In 1996 Kenneth Silverman wrote the biography: "Houdini!!!
The Career of Ehrich Weiss."
(WSJ, 10/29/96, p.A21)(HN, 3/24/98)(SFC, 7/7/98,
p.B3)(WSJ, 4/22/99, A10)(HNQ, 5/16/99)
1877 Mar 24, Walter Bagehot
(b.1826), British economist and author of “The English Constitution"
(1867), died. He edited the Economist Magazine from 1861 until his
1882 Mar 24, German scientist
Robert Koch announced in Berlin that he had discovered the bacillus
responsible for tuberculosis.
1882 Mar 24, Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow (b.1807), US poet (Song of Hiawatha), died. He is the
sole American honored with a bust in the Poet’s Corner of
Westminster Abbey. In 2000 J.D. McClatchy edited "Longfellow: Poems
and Other Writings."
1883 Mar 24, Long-distance
telephone service was inaugurated between Chicago and New York. [see
Mar 27, 1884]
1886 Mar 24, Edward Weston,
photographer, was born.
1893 Mar 24, George Sisler,
baseball player, was born.
1894 Mar 24, Underwriters
Laboratories (UL), an independent product safety certification
organization, conducted its first test on non-combustible insulation
material after founder William Henry Merrill opened the Electrical
Bureau of the National Board of fire Underwriters.
1895 Mar 24, Arthur Murray,
American dancer, was born.
1897 Mar 24, Wilhelm Reich
(d.1957), Austrian-US psychoanalyst (character analysis), was born.
In 1999 Farrar, Straus & Giroux published: "American Odyssey:
Letters and Journals 1940-1947."
1898 Mar 24, The 1st automobile
1900 Mar 24, Mayor Van Wyck of
New York broke ground for the New York subway tunnel that would link
Manhattan and Brooklyn.
1902 Mar 24, Thomas E. Dewey, a
governor of New York (1943-1955) and two-time Republican
presidential nominee, was born in Owosso, Mich.
(HN, 3/24/01)(AP, 3/24/02)
1903 Mar 24, Adolf Butenandt,
biochemist (Nobel 1939), was born.
(HN, 3/24/01)(MC, 3/24/02)
1904 Mar 24, Vice Adm. Tojo
sank seven Russian ships as the Japanese strengthened their blockade
of Port Arthur.
1905 Mar 24, Jules Verne
(b.1828), French sci-fi author (Around the World in 80 Days), died
1906 Mar 24, "Census of the
British Empire" showed England ruled 1/5 of the world.
1909 Mar 24, John Millington
Synge (b.1871), Irish dramatist and poet, died in Dublin. He is best
known for his play “The Playboy of the Western World," which caused
riots during its opening run at the Abbey Theatre.
1911 Mar 24, Penal code reform
abolished corporal punishment in Denmark.
1912 Mar 24, The “Bread and
Roses" textile workers strike in Lawrence, Mass., ended. Mill
owners, fearing that government intervention and investigation would
jeopardize the high tariff on woolens, had finally agreed to
bargain. Offers of pay increases from five to twenty-five percent,
time-and-a-quarter for overtime, and no discrimination against
strikers led to the end of the strike.
1919 Mar 24, Lawrence
Ferlinghetti, 'beat' poet, was born. [see Mar 1]
1922 Mar 24, The Polish
parliament endorsed the transfer of the Vilnius area to Lithuania.
1923 Mar 24, Edna Jo Hunter,
expert on military families and prisoners of war, was born.
1924 Mar 24, Greece became a
1926 Mar 24, Dario Fo, Italian
actor and playwright, was born in Leggiuno Sangiano on the banks of
Lake Maggiore. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1997.
(SFC, 10/10/97, p.A15)(HN, 3/24/01)
1927 Mar 24, Chinese Communists
seized Nanking and broke with Chiang Kai-shek over the Nationalist
1930 Mar 24, Steve McQueen,
actor (Wanted, Dead or Alive, Blob, Bullitt), was born in Slater,
1930 Mar 24, The U.S. Senate
passed a bill increasing tariffs.
1932 Mar 24, A New York radio
station (WABC) broadcast a variety program from a moving train in
1934 Mar 24, President
Roosevelt signed a bill granting future independence to the
1934 Mar 24, San Francisco’s
103-foot Mount Davidson Cross was illuminated by Pres. Franklin D.
Roosevelt via an electrical impulse telegraphed to turn on
floodlights at the base. It was created by architect George Kelham.
This was the 5th crsoss created at this site. The first was erected
in 1923 as a memorial to the veterans of WW I.
8/21/96, p.A1,11)(SFC, 4/24/98, p.A17)(SFC, 1/5/00, p.A18)(SFC,
1937 Mar 24, A bus blew a tire,
went out of control and 18 people were killed in Salem, Illinois.
1938 Mar 24, The U.S. asked
that all powers help refugees fleeing from the Nazis.
1941 Mar 24, Joseph H. Taylor,
Jr., radio astronomer and physicist, was born.
1941 Mar 24, German troops
occupied El Agheila, Libya.
1944 Mar 24, 76 Allied officers
escaped Stalag Luft 3. In 1949 Paul Brickall authored "The Great
Escape." The story of Jackson Barrett Mahon (d.1999 at 78), an
American fighter pilot, and the Allied POW escape from Stalag Luft
III in Germany during WW II. The 1963 film "The Great Escape"
starred Steve McQueen, was directed by John Sturges and was based on
the true story. In 1999 Arthur A. Durand published Stalag Luft III:
The Secret Story." When the Russian Army closed in tens of thousands
of POWs were marched 240 miles south to a new camp and thousands
died in the "Black March."
(TVM, 1975, p.222)(SFC, 8/11/99, p.C5)(SFC,
12/23/99, p.A27)(SFEC, 1/2/00, BR p.1)(SFC, 1/22/03,
1944 Mar 24, 811 British
bombers attacked Berlin.
1944 Mar 24, In occupied Rome,
the Nazis executed more than 300 civilians in reprisal for an attack
by Italian partisans, who the day before killed 32  German
soldiers [policemen]. The Ardeatine Cave massacre near Rome, Italy,
took place. In retaliation to the systematic murder of Nazi officers
by the Italian underground, an SS officer ordered that 10 Italian
civilian men be shot for every Nazi officer killed. The age of the
civilians did not matter and so many teenagers and boys were among
the dead found in the caves. Argentina extradited former Nazi
officer, Erich Priebke, to Rome in 1995 to face trial for his role
in the Ardeatine Caves massacre.
(AP, 3/23/97)(WSJ, 10/3/95, p.A-21) (WSJ,
11/21/95, p.A-1)(HN, 3/24/98)
1944 Mar 24, British Major Orde
Wingate (b.1903) died along with nine others in an air crash in
northeast India. He was flying in the USAAF B-25H-1-NA Mitchell
bomber, 43-4242, of the 1st Air Commando Group. He is known for
creating special military units in Palestine in the 1930s, and in
Abyssinia, Sudan and Burma during World War II.
1945 Mar 24, Gens. Eisenhower,
Montgomery and Bradley discussed advance in Germany.
1945 Mar 24, Largest one-day
airborne drop: 600 transports and 1300 gliders.
1945 Mar 24, Operation Varsity:
British, US and Canadian airborne landings east of Rhine.
1945 Mar 24, Egypt declared war
1947 Mar 24, Congress proposed
the limitation of the presidency to two terms.
1948 Mar 24, Israel Galili,
chief of the Haganah, sent orders reminding commanders of the policy
to protect the “full rights, needs, and freedoms of the Arabs in the
Hebrew state without discrimination."
(Econ, 11/4/06, p.93)
1949 Mar 24, At the Academy
Awards, "Hamlet" won best picture of 1948 and its star, Laurence
Olivier, best actor; Jane Wyman won best actress for "Johnny
Belinda"; "Treasure of Sierra Madre" won best director for John
Huston and best supporting actor for the director's father, Walter
1951 Mar 24, MacArthur
threatened the Chinese with an extension of the Korean War if the
proposed truce was not accepted.
1952 Mar 24, Great
demonstrations took place against apartheid in South Africa.
1953 Mar 24, Mary (85), queen
of Great Britain and North Ireland, died.
1954 Mar 24, Britain opened
trade talks with Hungary.
1955 Mar 24, The Tennessee
Williams play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opened on Broadway with
Barbara Bel Geddes as Maggie, Ben Gazzara as Brick and Burl Ives as
Big Daddy. Paul Newman won Gazzara’s role for the 1958 film.
(AP, 3/23/97)(SSFC, 1/23/05, Par p.2)
1955 Mar 24, The 1st seagoing
oil drill rig was placed in service.
1958 Mar 24, Rock 'n' roll
singer Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army in Memphis, Tenn.
After nearly six months of basic training at Fort Hood, Texas,
Presley was posted to Friedberg, West Germany; he was honorably
discharged in 1960.
1959 Mar 24, Gen. Qasim pulled
Iraq out of the Baghdad Pact after the United States signed
bilateral cooperation agreements with Turkey, Iran and Pakistan. A
number of assassination attempts on Qasim failed including an
attempt that included Baath Socialist Party activist Saddam Hussein.
(HNQ, 7/28/98)(SFC, 9/24/02, p.A10)(MC, 3/24/02)
1960 Mar 24, US appeals court
ruled the novel, "Lady Chatterly's Lover" by D.H. Lawrence, to be
(WSJ, 5/15/95, p. A-16)(MC, 3/24/02)
1962 Mar 24, Emile Griffith
knocked out Benny Paret (b.1937) in the 12th round at Madison Square
Garden. 10 days later on April 3 Paret died from the beating.
Referee Ruby Goldstein was blamed by many for not stopping the fight
(www.ringsidereport.com/vitotrabucco972004.htm)(SFC, 4/20/05, p.E1)
1964 Mar 24, The first Kennedy
half-dollar was issued.
1965 Mar 24, The Univ. of
Michigan held the 1st "Teach-in" on the Vietnam war.
1965 Mar 24, US Ranger 9 struck
the Moon, 10 miles (16 km) NE of crater Alphonsus.
1965 Mar 24, Chivu Stoica
(1908-1975), former Romanian prime minister (1955-1961), became
President of the Council State of Romania.
1966 Mar 24, Selective Service
announced college deferments based on performance.
1967 Mar 24, In Vietnam B
Battery was replaced at Gio Linh and returned to base camp at JJ
Carroll. The entire battalion had been involved in Operation High
Rise, the first Operation involving heavy artillery firing at
targets in North Vietnam. The firing into North Vietnam proceeded
with an intense rate in an effort to stifle the enemy supply
channels from the North.
1970 Mar 24, The British harbor
tug Eppleton Hall arrived in San Francisco. It was the last
paddle-wheel steamer to cross the Atlantic Ocean under its own
(SSFC, 1/26/14, p.C5)
1972 Mar 24, The US announces a
boycott of the Paris peace talks as President Nixon accuses Hanoi of
refusing to "negotiate seriously."
1972 Mar 24, Great Britain
imposed direct rule over Northern Ireland. The province’s parliament
was suspended at the height of sectarian violence.
(HN, 3/24/98)(SFC, 4/11/98, p.A1)
1976 Mar 24, In Argentina the
military overthrew the government of Isabel Peron. Gen. Jorge Rafael
Videla led the military coup. Jose Siderman, a Jewish businessman,
was forced with death threats to leave the country. He filed suit in
the US in 1982 in the first trial of a foreign government for
human-rights abuses and won a default settlement. Argentina won a
reversal in an appeals court but in 1996 Argentina dropped
opposition to the suit.
(SFC, 9/14/96, p.A9)(AP, 3/23/97)(SFC,
1976 Mar 24, Emilio Eduardo
Massera (1925-2010), Argentine military officer, was a leading
participant in the argentine coup d'état. After the end of the
dictatorship in 1983, he was tried for human rights violations and
sentenced to life imprisonment and the loss of his military grade.
On December 29, 1990, he was pardoned by then-President Carlos
Menem. In 1998 Massera was arrested for his role in stealing babies
from killed leftists during the “dirty war" (1976-1983) In 1999
former Pres. And Gen'l. Reynaldo Bignone was also arrested for his
role in the baby thefts. In 2000 retired Gen. Juan Sasiain was
arrested for his role.
p.A1)(SFC, 1/21/99, p.A14)(SFC, 3/17/00, p.D2)
1976 Mar 24, Argentine Sen.
Guillermo Vargas Aignasse disappeared on the day of a military coup.
In 2008 an Argentine court convicted retired Gens. Antonio Bussi and
Luciano Menendez for the murder of the senator and sentenced them to
life in prison. They were found guilty of kidnapping, torturing and
1976 Mar 24, The coup in
Argentina was triggered in part by the the violence of the
Montoneros, a leftist-nationalist guerrilla group.
(Econ, 9/13/14, p.43)
1976 Mar 24, Bernard Law
Montgomery (b.1887), British general, defeated Rommel, died.
1977 Mar 24, Morarji Desai,
head of the Janata Party, became prime minister of India.
1980 Mar 24, ABC's nightly Iran
Hostage crisis program was renamed "Nightline."
1980 Mar 24, Archbishop Oscar
Arnulfo Romero, one of El Salvador's most respected Roman Catholic
Church leaders, was shot to death by gunmen as he celebrated Mass in
San Salvador. In 1993 a UN-sponsored truth commission determined
that the assassination was ordered by a former army major and Maj.
Roberto D'Abuisson, founder of the Nationalist Republican Alliance
party (ARENA). D’Abuisson (d.1992) was also credited with founding
the national death squads. In 2004 a California federal judge found
Alvaro Rafael Saravia, a retired Salvadoran air force captain living
in Modesto, Ca., liable in the slaying of archbishop Romero and
ordered him to pay $10 million in damages.
(AP, 3/23/97)(SFC, 1/18/96, p.C1)(SFEM,11/16/97,
p.17)(SFC, 9/4/04, p.B7)
1982 Mar 24, On the
one-hundredth anniversary of a presentation on TB by Dr. Robert
Koch, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
(IUATLD) proposed that March 24 be proclaimed an official World TB
Day. In 1996, the World Health Organization (WHO) joined with the
IUATLD and a wide range of other concerned organizations to increase
the impact of World TB Day.
1982 Mar 24, In Bangladesh
Hussein Mohammed Ershad overthrew Justice Abdus Sattar and seized
power in a bloodless coup.
1982 Mar 24, In Mexico a fire
burned down the National Film Archive.
1985 Mar 24, Thousands
demonstrated in Madrid against the NATO presence in Spain.
1986 Mar 24, A $15 billion
contract between the Indian government and Swedish arms company AB
Bofors was signed for supply of over 400 155mm Howitzer field guns.
1987 Mar 24, French Premier
Jacques Chirac signed a contract with Walt Disney Productions for
the creation of a Disneyland amusement park, the first in Europe.
1988 Mar 24, Former national
security aides Oliver L. North and John M. Poindexter and
businessmen Richard V. Secord and Albert Hakim pleaded innocent to
Iran-Contra charges. North and Poindexter were convicted, but had
their convictions thrown out; Secord and Hakim received probation
after each pleaded guilty to a single count under a plea bargain.
1989 Mar 24, Good Friday. The
nation's worst oil spill occurred as the supertanker Exxon Valdez
ran aground on a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound and began
leaking 11 million gallons of crude. The Exxon Valdez struck ground
in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and spilled 10.6 million gallons of
oil. It was later renamed the Mediterranean and operated between
Europe and the Middle East. Exxon then spent some $2.5 billion to
clean up the spill and filed suit against Lloyd’s of London for
reimbursement under a $210 million insurance policy. In 1996 a jury
in Houston voted that Lloyd’s and some 250 other underwriters should
compensate Exxon $250 million. The Exxon Valdez oil spill fouled
approximately 1,000 miles of Alaska shoreline. The oil tanker ran
aground in Prince William Sound, spilling some 11 million gallons of
crude oil. An estimated 250,000 seabirds were killed. The Exxon
Valdez spilled 240,000 barrels of oil in Alaska's Prince William
(AP, 3/23/97)(TMC, 1994, p.1989)(SFC, 5/5/96,
p.A-11)(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A10)(SFEC, 2/8/98, p.T5)(HNQ, 8/14/99)
1990 Mar 24, Soviet military
vehicles rumbled through the heart of the Lithuanian capital of
Vilnius as lawmakers in the breakaway Baltic republic voted to
transfer their power to foreign soil if they were attacked or
1991 Mar 24, General H. Norman
Schwarzkopf, the American commander of Operation Desert Storm, told
reporters in Saudi Arabia the United States was closer to
establishing a permanent military headquarters on Arab soil.
1991 Mar 24, In liberated
Kuwait, banks reopened for the first time since Iraqi troops had
shut them down the previous December.
1992 Mar 24, Democrat Jerry
Brown upset front-runner Bill Clinton in the Connecticut
1992 Mar 24, The space shuttle
Atlantis blasted off with seven astronauts on the first shuttle
mission devoted to the environment.
1993 Mar 24, Mahmoud
Abouhalima, a cab driver implicated in the 1993 World Trade Center
bombing, was flown back to the United States from Egypt. Abouhalima
was later convicted of conspiracy and sentenced to life in prison.
1993 Mar 24, Ezer Weizman was
elected Israel's seventh president.
1993 Mar 24, South African Pres
F.W. de Klerk admitted for the 1st time that his country had built 6
nuclear bombs, but that the weapons had been dismantled.
1994 Mar 24, President Clinton
held a news conference in which he acknowledged he had significantly
overstated the loss in his Whitewater land investment and promised
to release late 1970's tax returns to answer questions on the land
1995 Mar 24, The House of
Representatives passed, 234-to-199, a welfare reform package calling
for the most profound changes in social programs since the New Deal;
President Clinton criticized the bill, saying it was "weak on work
and tough on children."
1995 Mar 24, For the first time
in 20 years, no British soldiers were patrolling the streets of
Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1995 Mar 24, Joseph Needham
(b.1900), British biochemist and writer, died. His work included the
24-volume “Science and Civilization in China." In 2008 Simon
Winchester authored “The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of
the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle
1996 Mar 24, NASA astronaut
Shannon Lucid transferred from the space shuttle Atlantis to the
Russian space station Mir, beginning a five-month stay.
1996 Mar 24, Stargazers across
the country scanned the skies in hopes of seeing Hyakutake, the
brightest comet to pass by the Earth in two decades.
1997 Mar 24, At the 69th Annual
Hollywood Academy Awards, "The English Patient" won best picture and
director (Anthony Minghella) and 7 other Oscars; Geoffrey Rush won
best actor for "Shine," and Frances McDormand best actress for
(SFC, 3/25/97, p.A1)(AP, 3/24/98)
1997 Mar 24, Vice President
Gore arrived in China for the highest-level U.S. visit in eight
years. He witnessed the Beijing signing of trade deals with GM and
(SFC, 3/25/97, p.A12)(AP, 3/24/98)
1997 Mar 24, In Nashville 3
employees at a McDonalds's Restaurant died of wounds from a robbery.
A 4th was in critical condition from stab wounds.
(SFC, 3/25/97, p.A5)
1997 Mar 24, The Australian
Senate struck down the law passed by the Northern Territory’s
Parliament that allowed doctor-assisted suicide for the terminally
ill. The law might be reinstated in 2000 if the territory is granted
proposed statehood because under the constitution the national
Parliament cannot override state laws. A growing interest soon
developed in travel to Mexico to buy liquid pentobarbital
(Nembutol), which causes a painless death. The Australian government
later banned Philip Nitschke's book, "The Peaceful Pill Handbook"
(2006) which gives tips on everything from carbon monoxide to buying
pentobarbital in Mexico.
(SFC, 3/25/97, p.A12)(SFC, 1/14/98,
1997 Mar 24, In Zaire Mobutu
accepted the parliamentary vote of censure of prime minister Kengo
(SFC, 3/25/97, p.A12)
1998 Mar 24, The Clinton
administration announced a $56 million food and medical supply
donation to Indonesia.
(SFC, 3/25/98, p.C14)
1998 Mar 24, In Jonesboro,
Ark., 2 boys, Mitchell Johnson (13) and Andrew Golden (11), opened
fire on a group of schoolchildren and killed four girls and one
teacher and wounded 11 others. The older boy was angry at a girl who
had broken up with him. Golden had stolen 7 guns from his
grandfather. The boys were remanded to the Division of Youth
Services until their 18th birthdays. Federal prosecutors used
weapons laws to keep the boys locked up until age 21. Mitchell
Johnson was due to be released in 2005.
(SFC, 3/25/98, p.A1)(SFC, 3/26/98, p.A1)(SFC,
8/12/98, p.A3)(AP, 8/12/05)
1998 Mar 24, In California the
Oakland City Council voted to adopt a Jobs and Living Wage Ordnance
that mandated businesses contracting with the city to pay workers at
least $8 an hour with benefits or $9.25 without benefits. It was the
17th city nationwide to adopt such an ordnance.
(SFC, 3/26/98, p.A21)
1998 Mar 24, The UN announced a
pullout from Afghanistan after the governor of Kandahar slapped the
face of a UN employee.
(SFC, 3/25/98, p.C14)
1998 Mar 24, In Columbia
leftist guerrillas killed at least 9 people, wounded 14 and took 20
hostages when they blocked a major highway 30 miles south of Bogota.
(WSJ, 3/25/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 24, In India a tornado
killed 105 people and some 500 were missing. At least 80 died in the
Midnapore district of West Bengal state and some 1,100 were injured.
At least 200 people were killed and thousands injured from a tornado
in West Bengal and Orissa states.
(SFC, 3/25/98, p.C3)(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A5)
1998 Mar 24, In Indonesia a
plan to service its $74 billion foreign debt was being modeled on
the Mexican debt program of the 1980s. Some 4 million construction
and manufacturing jobs were already lost due to the crises.
(WSJ, 3/25/98, p.A18)
1998 Mar 24, In Kosovo Albanian
separatists ambushed a police patrol and one policeman was killed.
(SFC, 3/25/98, p.A10)
1998 Mar 24, In Kyrgyzstan
Prime Minister Apas Dzhumagulov (63) resigned due to age and said
new forces were needed for reform. He was expected to be appointed
as an ambassador.
(SFC, 3/25/98, p.C14)
1998 Mar 24, In South Korea the
government fired two-thirds of the senior officials at its spy
agency in a move to get the agency out of domestic politics.
(WSJ, 3/25/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 24, In Ukraine Vasyl
Koryak, mayor of Lubny in central Poltava, was badly wounded when
gunmen opened fire on his car.
(SFC, 3/25/98, p.A11)
1999 Mar 24, The US Supreme
Court ruled to uphold an 1837 treaty with the Chippewa Indians for
hunting and fishing on 13 million acres of public land in Minnesota.
(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A8)
1999 Mar 24, The National
Transportation Safety Board concluded that Boeing 737 rudder
problems caused two fatal airline crashes and nearly triggered a
1999 Mar 24, The US Operations
Allied Force, Noble Anvil, Shining Hope and Falcon began in Kosovo.
About $5 billion was appropriated and left 4 US casualties.
(WSJ, 9/22/99, p.A8)
1999 Mar 24, In California a
robber managed to steal $2.3 million from a Loomis armored truck as
it traveled on I-80 between SF and Sacramento. The heist was not
reported until May 6.
(SFC, 5/7/99, p.A21)(SSFC, 7/15/01, p.A19)
1999 Mar 24, The EU leaders in
Berlin chose Romano Prodi, former prime minister of Italy, as the
new chief executive.
(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A5)
1999 Mar 24, In Algeria Muslim
rebels slashed the throats of 9 people and kidnapped 2 women near
Blida. The victims included a mother and her 2 children.
(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A10)
1999 Mar 24, In Britain the
high court rejected the claim of Pinochet for immunity from
prosecution, but reduced the charges that could be brought against
him to offenses after Sep 29, 1988. 27 of the 30 charges in the
Spanish warrant were thrown out.
(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A3)
1999 Mar 24, In Congo a
massacre of 250 people in the Kivu region was reported. The slayings
by Rwandan troops appeared to be in retaliation for earlier attacks
by Congolese Mai Mai tribesmen.
(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A10)
1999 Mar 24, In the 7-mile Mt.
Blanc tunnel between France and Italy a fire erupted from a truck
transporting flour. The death toll was raised to 9 with 24 injured.
The fire was extinguished after 3 days and the death toll rose to
35. Identification of the remains of at least 40 people began Mar
28. Thirty-nine people were killed when fire erupted in the Mont
Blanc tunnel in France and burned for two days. It re-opened in
2002. In 2005 a French court convicted 10 people and 3 companies for
safety lapses in the 2-day fire.
(SFC, 3/26/99, p.A14)(SFC, 3/27/99, p.A10)(SFC,
3/29/99, p.A8)(AP, 3/24/00)(SSFC, 3/17/02, p.C4)(AP, 3/24/04)(WSJ,
1999 Mar 24, In Kenya a train
enroute to Mombasa derailed at high speed in Tsavo East National
Park and at least 32 people were killed.
(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A9)
1999 Mar 24, In Paraguay
legislators began impeachment proceedings against Pres. Raul Cubas,
a bitter rival of slain vice president Argana. Meanwhile the 3rd day
of a labor strike continued.
(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A4)(SFC, 3/26/99, p.A12)
1999 Mar 24, In Romania tens of
thousands of workers in Bucharest and other cities protested for
lower taxes and a cut in utility rates.
(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A10)
1999 Mar 24, Russia denounced
the NATO attack on Serbia.
(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 24, In Serbia NATO
forces sent a broad wave of air attacks against Yugoslav forces in
an attempt to halt the Serbian offensive in Kosovo. Cruise missiles
and planes targeted military sites near Belgrade and some 40 sites
in total. Initial reports said 10 people were killed and 38 wounded
in the bombing. The airstrikes marked the first time in its 50-year
existence that NATO had ever attacked a sovereign country. NATO’s
78-day bombing ended on June 10.
(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/25/99, p.A1)(SFC,
3/26/99, p.A6)(AP, 3/24/00)(Econ, 5/23/09, p.51)
2000 Mar 24, The US agreed to
double the amount of money Iraq was allowed to spend to repair its
oil industry and lifted holds on over $100 million in equipment.
(SFC, 3/25/00, p.A10)
2000 Mar 24, A US federal judge
awarded former hostage Terry Anderson $341 million from Iran,
holding Iranian agents responsible for Anderson’s nearly seven years
of captivity in Lebanon.
(SFC, 3/25/00, p.A3)(AP, 3/24/01)
2000 Mar 24, Sig Mickelson, the
first president of CBS News, died in San Diego at age 86.
2000 Mar 24, In Israel Pope
John Paul II delivered a sermon from the Mount of Beatitudes before
some 100,000 people.
(SFC, 3/25/00, p.A10)
2000 Mar 24, In Uganda
authorities found a mass burial site in Rukungiri in a building once
frequented by the Movement for the Restoration of Ten Commandments
of God. At least 153 bodies were found hacked to death or strangled
including 59 children.
(SFC, 3/25/00, p.A1)
2001 Mar 24, U.S. skater
Michelle Kwan won her fourth World Figure Skating title; Irina
Slutskaya of Russia was second, and American Sarah Hughes earned the
2001 Mar 24, EU leaders ended a
2 day meeting in Stockholm announced that they would dispatch a team
of mediators to help the peace process between North and South
(SSFC, 3/25/01, p.C6)
2001 Mar 24, In Japan a 6.4
earthquake near Hiroshima killed 2 people and injured at least 160.
(SSFC, 3/25/01, p.C1)
2001 Mar 24, Macedonia began
using attack helicopters against ethnic Albanian rebels.
(SSFC, 3/25/01, p.C2)
2001 Mar 24, In southern Russia
near Chechnya three car bombs exploded almost simultaneously,
killing 23 people and wounded over 140 in the worst act of terror to
hit Russia outside warring Chechnya in months. Chechen separatists
(SSFC, 3/25/01, p.C1)(AP, 3/24/02)
2001 Mar 24, An Air Caraibes
Twin Otter plane with mostly French tourists from St. Maarten
crashed on the Caribbean island of St. Barthelemy and killed all 19
aboard and one person in the house.
(WSJ, 3/26/01, p.A1)(AP, 3/24/02)
2002 Mar 24, Pres. Bush, during
a 6-hour visit to El Salvador, held out the promise of expanded
trade to Central American nations.
2002 Mar 24, The 74th annual
Academy Awards were held at the Kodak theater in LA. Halle Berry for
“Monster’s Ball" became the 1st black woman to be named best
actress; Denzel Washington became the second black actor, after
Sidney Poitier, to win in the best actor category, for “Training
Day," “A Beautiful Mind" won for best picture and gathered 4 awards
as did “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."
(SFC, 3/25/02, p.A1,11)(AP, 3/24/03)
2002 Mar 24, Israeli troops and
tanks entered the Rafah refugee camp and 3 residents were killed. 2
more Palestinians were killed as they tried to throw a grenade at a
military post near Dugit. Clashes between Israelis and Palestinians
left at least 9 Palestinians dead along with 2 Israelis. US envoy
Zinni presented a cease-fire proposal to Israeli and Palestinian
(SSFC, 3/24/02, p.A14)(SFC, 3/25/02, p.A8)
2002 Mar 24, It was reported
that Russia had launched a new nuclear-powered submarine called
(SSFC, 3/24/02, Par p.22)
2003 Mar 24, In the 6th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom US forces began strikes against the Medina
Division of the Republican Guard guarding Baghdad. Hussein appeared
on Iraqi TV as coalition forces held over 3,000 prisoners. 10
Marines were killed in combat around Nasiriya.
(WSJ, 3/25/03, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/30/03, p.W12)(SSFC,
2003 Mar 24, The National
Transportation Safety Board concluded that Boeing 737 rudder
problems caused two fatal airline crashes and nearly triggered a
2003 Mar 24, In Texas a fire in
a sugar-cane field killed 5 illegal Mexican immigrants hiding there.
(WSJ, 3/25/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 24, Philip Yordan
(88), Oscar-winning writer, died in San Diego.
(SSFC, 4/6/03, p.A23)
2003 Mar 24, Al-Jazeera went
live with its English-based web site, for an alternative perspective
from Western media: http://english.aljazeera.net
(WSJ, 3/25/03, p.A12)
2003 Mar 24, Arab League
foreign ministers adopted a resolution that called for the US and
Britain to withdraw their troops from Iraq immediately and without
2003 Mar 24, In Brazil gunmen
killed Alexandre Martins de Castro Filho , a judge who focused on
organized crime, 10 days after another prominent judge was gunned
down in a similar slaying.
2003 Mar 24, British police
arrested Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky at the request of Russian
authorities. A charge alleged that between Jan. 1, 1994, and Dec.
31, 1995, he defrauded the Administration of Samara Region of 60
billion rubles whilst being director of Logovaz.
2003 Mar 24, In Georgia Pres.
Shevardnadze confirmed that the US was flying U-2 spy planes over
the Pankisi Gorge area to help fight Chechen rebel infiltration.
(WSJ, 3/25/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 24, Saddam Hussein
appeared on Iraqi TV telling his nation that "victory is soon."
(SFC, 3/24/03, p.W1)
2003 Mar 24, Iraqi state
television showed two men said to have been the U.S. crew of an
Apache helicopter forced down during heavy fighting in central Iraq.
Chief Warrant Officer David Williams and Chief Warrant Officer
Ronald D. Young Junior spent three weeks in captivity before they
were released along with five other POWs.
2003 Mar 24, Israeli forces
near Hebron shot dead Ahmed Abahreh (14), who was throwing stones at
an Israeli armored vehicle.
(SFC, 3/25/03, p.A6)
2003 Mar 24, Suspected Islamic
militants in Indian army uniforms dragged 24 Hindus from their
homes, lined them up outside a temple and shot them to death in a
remote village in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
2003 Mar 24, Mexico City police
chief Marcelo Ebrard said that Leoluca Orlando, former mayor of
Palermo, Italy, will be hired to combat crime. His work will
complement Rudolph Giuliani's who hired on for $4.3 million.
2003 Mar 24, Russian officials
declared that the approval of a new constitution by Chechnya's
voters completely discredited the separatist cause, further dimming
hopes that the Kremlin would negotiate an end to the 3 1/2-year war.
2003 Mar 24, In Serbia Zvezdan
Jovanovic, a deputy commander of the Unit for Special Operations
used by the former Yugoslav president during the 1990s wars in
Bosnia and Croatia, was arrested for the murder of PM Zoran
2003 Mar 24, In Zimbabwe the
Zwakwana human rights said forces loyal to President Robert Mugabe
hunted down government opponents after a national strike, beating
them with iron bars and whips. At least 1 person was killed.
2004 Mar 24, Former top
terrorism adviser Richard Clarke, testifying before the federal 9-11
Commission, accused the Bush administration of scaling back the
campaign against Osama bin Laden before the attacks and undermining
the fight against terrorism by invading Iraq.
2004 Mar 24, The Bush
administration, under pressure from farmers, petitioned to postpone
the global phase-out of methyl bromide, a pesticide that has been
shown to destroy ozone.
(SFC, 3/24/04, p.A5)
2004 Mar 24, World TB Day. TB
killed and estimated 2-3 million people per year.
(SFC, 3/24/04, p.B9)
2004 Mar 24, A group of large
employers proposed "scorecards" for doctors in an effort help
employees choose doctors based on quality care.
(WSJ, 3/25/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 24, A NASA unpiloted
X-43A jet, part of its Hyper-X program, reached a record speed of
5,200 mph, Mach 6.83, after a rocket boosted it to 3,500 mph. It
used a new engine called a supersonic-combustion ramjet, or
(SSFC, 3/28/04, p.A3)(Econ, 3/27/04, p.80)(SFC,
2004 Mar 24, EU regulators
slapped a $613 million anti-trust fine against Microsoft.
(WSJ, 3/23/04, p.A3)(SFC, 3/25/04, p.C1)
2004 Mar 24, Antigua PM Lester
Bird (66) conceded defeat to labor activist Baldwin Spencer in
general elections marked by corruption charges, ending a family
dynasty that has dominated Antigua and Barbuda for more than half a
century. Spencer soon found the coffers empty.
(AP, 3/24/04)(Econ, 12/4/04, p.38)
2004 Mar 24, Argentine Pres.
Nestor Kirchner rallied thousands of supporters on the grounds of a
Dirty War torture camp, announcing it would become a memorial to
victims of the past dictatorship. The "Museum of Memory" on the
grounds of the Navy School of Mechanics, the most infamous detention
center of the 1976-83 military dictatorship, marked a new step
toward reconciling the legacy of the repression.
2004 Mar 24, Australia's
parliament passed a law making the Great Barrier Reef the most
protected reef system on earth. A fishing ban on a third of the
World Heritage site would begin in July.
2004 Mar 24, In Colombia
warplanes preparing to bomb a paramilitary camp abandoned their
mission after members of the outlawed Central Bolivar Bloc (BCB)
used villagers as human shields. A soldier and 14 paramilitary
gunmen were killed in subsequent firefights.
2004 Mar 24, In India's
northeast Assam state heavily armed separatist militants killed 21
villagers from a rival ethnic group in three attacks.
2004 Mar 24, In Iraq a gun
battle with insurgents killed one American soldier and three rebels.
2004 Mar 24, Insurgents bombed
an oil well in northern Iraq, sparking a fire that raged for 24
hours before being extinguished.
2004 Mar 24, In the Ivory Coast
about a dozen people were killed during a massive protest march.
2005 Mar 24, Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld announced the US will release $3.2 million
in aid to Guatemala for its progress in overhauling a military once
blamed for human rights abuses.
2005 Mar 24, The U.S. Supreme
Court denied an appeal from the parents of Terri Schiavo to have a
feeding tube reinserted into the severely brain-damaged woman.
2005 Mar 24, US 30-year
mortgages climbed just above 6% reflecting concerns in the financial
markets about the threat of inflation.
(SFC, 3/25/05, p.C1)
2005 Mar 24, The IRS said it
has collected $3.2 billion for 1,165 participants in a tax shelter
called “Son of BOSS."
(WSJ, 3/25/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 24, The US FDA
approved Boniva, a monthly pill to help women fight osteoporosis.
(SFC, 3/26/05, p.A4)
2005 Mar 24, A California jury
ordered Toshiba Corp. to pay an additional $84 million in punitive
damages to Lexar Media, Inc. one day after a 381 million award for
breach of fiduciary duty. The total damages of $465 million was the
largest IP verdict in California history.
(SSFC, 4/3/05, p.B1)
2005 Mar 24, Canada denied a US
deserter’s bid for asylum.
(WSJ, 3/25/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 24, Chile’s Supreme
Court refused to strip Gen. Augusto Pinochet of his immunity from
(SFC, 3/25/05, p.A3)
2005 Mar 24, In a move to
further strengthen Cuba's national currency, Cuban President Fidel
Castro announced that one of two types of money accepted on the
island will no longer be automatically traded 1-1 to the US dollar.
Beginning April 9, the exchange rate for the Cuban convertible peso
will no longer be on par with the American dollar and instead will
be tied to several foreign currencies, initially marking an 8
percent revaluation. The move will also help raise the value of the
2005 Mar 24, A Human Rights
Watch investigator said Ethiopian troops have committed widespread
killings, rapes and torture of the tribal Anuak population in the
southwestern corner of the country since late 2003.
2005 Mar 24, A French appeals
court upheld the conviction of George Soros (74) for insider
trading. Soros, whose Quantum Fund is worth about $8.3 billion,
emigrated to the US in 1956 and set up Soros Fund Management in
1973. He later made a fortune on foreign exchange markets and was
criticized in some quarters for speculating on, and arguably
encouraging, the collapse of Asian currencies in the late 1990s.
2005 Mar 24, Iraqi police
mistook a group of Iraqi soldiers for insurgents and opened fire,
sparking a 10-minute gunbattle that killed five in the northern town
2005 Mar 24, A suicide bomber
detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near the central city of
Ramadi, killing 11 Iraqi police commandos and injuring 14 other
people including 2 US soldiers. In an eastern Baghdad neighborhood,
attackers killed 5 female translators working for the US military.
Police found 2 decapitated bodies clad in Iraqi army uniforms west
2005 Mar 24, Chess legend Bobby
Fischer walked free from a Japanese detention center and immediately
headed to the airport to fly to his new home in Iceland.
2005 Mar 24, Istat reported
that Italy’s economy contracted 0.4% in the previous quarter due in
part to a fall in exports.
(WSJ, 3/25/05, p.A7)
2005 Mar 24, Suspected Muslim
insurgents shot dead the brother of Kashmir's junior home minister
while he was walking to a market.
2005 Mar 24, In Kyrgyzstan
protesters stormed the presidential compound, seizing control of the
seat of state power after clashing with riot police during a large
opposition rally. President Askar Akayev reportedly flew to Russia.
The ITAR-Tass news agency said President Askar Akayev has resigned.
This came to be called Kyrgyzstan’s “Tulip revolution."
(AP, 3/24/05)(SFC, 3/25/05, p.A1)(Econ, 8/1/09,
2005 Mar 24, In the southern
Philippines, Marlene Garcia Esperat (45), a columnist for a weekly
newspaper, was shot dead in her home in front of her children. Her
husband told a radio station that his wife had "many enemies because
of her exposes," mostly on corruption and other issues of
2006 Mar 24, Thousands of
people across the US protested against legislation cracking down on
2006 Mar 24, It was reported
that Iraqi documents captured by US forces in 2003 say Russian
intelligence had sources inside the American military that enabled
it to feed information about U.S. troop movements and battle plans
to Saddam Hussein. Russia quickly denied that it provided
information on US troops movements and plans to Baghdad during the
2006 Mar 24, In Selmer, Tenn.,
Mary Winkler was charged with shooting to death her minister
husband, Matthew Winkler, in the parsonage of their church. In
2007 Mary Winkler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter.
2006 Mar 24, A partly reusable
commercial rocket developed by a California entrepreneur failed
during its maiden launch from a Pacific island. Space Exploration
Technology's Falcon 1, designed to carry payloads to orbit at low
cost, lifted off from Kwajalein Atoll about 2:35 p.m. PST, but a
Webcast provided by the company immediately lost its picture.
2006 Mar 24, Google stock
traded up 7% to $365.80 following news that it would be added to the
S&P 500 index on March 31.
(SFC, 3/24/06, p.C1)
2006 Mar 24, Wendy’s Int’l.
spun off Tim Hortons, a coffee-and-doughnut chain dominant in
Canada. It was co-founded in 1964 by hockey player Tim Horton.
Wendy’s, which acquired it in 1995, retained an 82.7% stake.
(Econ, 4/1/06, p.56)
2006 Mar 24, Scientists
reported glaciers and ice sheets were melting faster than previously
thought and could raise sea levels by 13-20 feet by the end of the
(SFC, 3/24/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 24, In Belarus police
stormed the opposition tent camp in Minsk and rounded up hundreds of
demonstrators who had spent a fourth night protesting President
Alexander Lukashenko's victory in a disputed election. The US joined
European nations in imposing sanctions on Belarus in retaliation for
the crackdown on political protesters.
2006 Mar 24, Officials said
Bulgaria and the US have reached an agreement allowing the US
military to use several military bases in Bulgaria.
2006 Mar 24, The $24 million
musical production of "Lord of the Rings" at Toronto's Princess of
Wales Theatre met mixed reviews as critics applauded its leaping
orcs and menacing dark riders, but got lost in the tangled plots of
2006 Mar 24, A group of Cuban
migrants who reached an abandoned bridge in the Florida Keys only to
be sent back to Cuba received official confirmation from American
officials that they can return to the US for good on humanitarian
2006 Mar 24, In southern
Ecuador a plane crashed into the side of a tire factory in Cuenca,
killing five of the 14 people aboard.
2006 Mar 24, In eastern France
a large explosion rocked a chemistry school, killing a professor and
injuring another person. About 10 people were unaccounted for.
2006 Mar 24, Bayer AG's 16.3
billion euro ($19.6 billion) offer for drugmaker Schering AG was
embraced by its target as German rival Merck abandoned its own
2006 Mar 24, German scientists
reported that they had isolated sperm-producing stem cells from mice
that have similar properties to embryonic stem cells.
(WSJ, 3/25/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 24, India's PM invited
Pakistan to join his country in a "treaty of peace, security and
friendship" to end nearly six decades of tension between the
2006 Mar 24, Indonesia recalled
its ambassador in Australia in response to the granting of temporary
asylum to 42 of 43 Papuans who landed in northern Australia by boat
in January. The asylum request from the 43rd Papuan is still being
2006 Mar 24, American and Iraqi
troops swept the oil-rich region of Kirkuk for suspected insurgents
and captured dozens. Across Iraq drive-by shootings, roadside
bombings and sectarian violence killed at least 51 people including
2 US soldiers.
(AP, 3/24/06)(WSJ, 3/25/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 24, In Italy the film
“Il caimano" (The Cayman), directed by Nanni Moretti, was released.
It was loosely about PM Silvio Berlusconi, but not the
anti-Berlusconi diatribe that had been expected.
(Econ, 4/1/06, p.42)
2006 Mar 24, A Japanese court
ordered the shutdown of Japan's second-largest nuclear reactor in
response to a lawsuit by residents who feared it could leak
dangerous radiation during a powerful earthquake.
2006 Mar 24, In Japan Naha
District Court official Tatsuhiko Toguchi said a US military
civilian employee was sentenced to nine years in prison for two
rapes on Okinawa. Dag A. Thompson (36) was sentenced for the rapes
which took place in 1998 and 2004.
2006 Mar 24, The Mexican
government said a US-owned hotel that expelled Cuban guests under
pressure from the Treasury Department must pay $112,000 in fines for
violating Mexican commerce law.
2006 Mar 24, Pope Benedict XVI
installed his first group of cardinals, promoting 15 prelates,
including two Americans, to the elite club that chooses his
2006 Mar 24, Pakistani security
forces backed by helicopter gunships killed at least 15 suspected
Taliban sympathizers in the latest flare-up of violence near the
2006 Mar 24, In Mogadishu,
Somalia, 13 people were killed as fighting continued between Islamic
militia fighters and forces opposed to fundamentalist clerics. 3
days of clashes left at least 73 people dead.
(SFC, 3/25/06, p.A3)
2006 Mar 24, The UN Security
Council voted keep UN peacekeepers in Sudan to monitor an accord
ending a 21-year civil war and authorized planning for the expected
extension of the UN force's operations to Darfur.
2006 Mar 24-2006 Mar 25, In
southeastern Turkey government troops killed 14 Kurdish guerrillas
near the hamlet of Senyayla.
2007 Mar 24, It was reported
that the total number of books in existence was estimated to be
about 65 million.
(Econ, 3/24/07, p.93)
2007 Mar 24, Marshall Rogers,
artist, died in Freemont, Ca. He drew the Batman comics in the 1970s
with a mix of new detail and noirish fantasy.
(SSFC, 4/1/07, p.D1)
2007 Mar 24, In Afghanistan
militants attacked a police checkpoint near Tirin Kot in Uruzgan
province in a clash that left two police and six militants dead.
Afghan and US-led coalition troops repelled an attack by insurgents
in eastern Paktika province, leaving 12 militants dead. A joint
force of Afghan army, police and intelligence killed 11 Taliban
militants in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province.
Separately, suspected Taliban insurgents clashed with villagers in
western Afghanistan, leaving three militants killed and one villager
(AP, 3/24/07)(AP, 3/25/07)(AFP, 3/25/07)
2007 Mar 24, Thieves in
Cambodia poisoned a 62-year-old domesticated elephant and sawed off
its tusks to sell on the black market. In 2008 2 men were arrested
for the killing and faced up to 3 years in prison for the
intentional destruction of private property.
(AP, 3/27/07)(AP, 3/26/08)
2007 Mar 24, Uttar Pradesh, one
of India’s poorest states, numbered some 170 million
(Econ, 3/24/07, p.48)
2007 Mar 24, The UN Security
Council unanimously voted to impose additional sanctions against
Iran for its refusal to stop enriching uranium, a move intended to
show Tehran that defiance will leave it increasingly isolated.
2007 Mar 24, At least 74 people
were killed or found dead in Iraq. A suicide truck bomber struck a
police station in Dora, a mainly Sunni area in Baghdad, killing 20
people. 2 mortar shells landed on a Shiite enclave elsewhere in
Dora, killing three people and wounding seven. Gunmen ambushed an
Iraqi army checkpoint in Baghdad's western Sunni neighborhood of
Jami'a, killing a soldier and wounding two others. A militant also
was killed in subsequent clashes. At least 11 other people were
killed or found dead, including a civilian who died after a parked
truck packed with explosives struck a Shiite mosque in Haswa, and
the bullet-riddled bodies of 8 men showing signs of torture in
Fallujah. The Islamic State in Iraq, an insurgent umbrella group
that includes al-Qaida in Iraq, purportedly claimed responsibility
for three suicide bombings near the Anbar province city of Qaim,
near the Syrian border, saying in an Internet statement that 45
policemen were killed and 48 were wounded. police said only six
people had been killed, including five policemen, and 19 other
people wounded. A US Marine was killed during combat in Anbar
(AP, 3/24/07)(AP, 3/25/07)(AP, 3/27/07)
2007 Mar 24, Japan's Miki Ando
won the women's title at the World Figure Skating Championship in
Tokyo, leading a 1-2 finish for the host country with Mao Asada
2007 Mar 24, A senior judge
from Pakistan's tiny Hindu minority was sworn in as acting chief
justice amid a judicial crisis embroiling the government of
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
2007 Mar 24, Russian
authorities broke up a demonstration against the government in
Nizhny Novgorod, detaining hundreds of activists.
2007 Mar 24, Sri Lankan troops
and Tamil Tiger rebels were locked in intense battles in the
island's northeast, for a second straight day, as both sides
reported heavy casualties.
2007 Mar 24, In Sudan 11 people
were killed including 2 policemen and eight members of Darfur's
former rebel Sudanese Liberation Movement (SLM) in Omdurman,
Khartoum’s twin city. Abdel Shafee Jomaa Arabi, a senior rebel
commander, was killed in an ambush in Darfur.
(AFP, 3/24/07)(AFP, 3/26/07)
2007 Mar 24, Swedish truck
maker Volvo said it has successfully acquired Japan's Nissan Diesel,
the latest merger in the industry as companies prepare for more
stringent emissions rules.
2007 Mar 24, In southwestern
Zimbabwe a British woman and her 10-year-old daughter were killed by
a rogue elephant while her husband escaped unhurt during a walking
safari at Hwange National Park.
(AFP, 3/27/07)(SSFC, 4/1/07, p.G2)
2008 Mar 24, The US National
Association of Realtors said sales of previously occupied homes rose
2.9% in February with a median price drop of 8.2%. Foreclosed
properties represented about one in nine or currently listed homes
(WSJ, 3/25/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 24, JPMorgan Chase
& Co., under threat by angry shareholders, raised its bid for
Bear Stearns to $10 per share from an earlier $2 per share offer.
(SFC, 3/25/08, p.D3)
2008 Mar 24, In Detroit, Mich.,
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (37) was charged with 8 felonies in an
obstruction of justice case that involved a romantic affair with a
chief of staff.
(SFC, 3/25/08, p.A3)
2008 Mar 24, In Iowa City,
Iowa, a woman and her 4 children were found dead. The burned body of
Steven Sueppel (42), the husband and father, was found soon after in
a wrecked van. Sueppel had been indicted last month on charges of
stealing some $560,000 from Hills Bank and Trust, where he was vice
president and controller.
(SFC, 3/25/08, p.A2)
2008 Mar 24, Richard Widmark
(b.1914), film star, died at his home in Connecticut. His 65 films
over 5 decades included “Kiss of Death" (1947), for which he
received his sole Academy Award nomination, for best supporting
(SFC, 3/26/08, p.A2)
2008 Mar 24, Al-Qaida deputy
leader Ayman al-Zawahri called on Muslims in a new audiotape to
strike Jewish and American targets in revenge for Israel's recent
offensive in the Gaza Strip.
2008 Mar 24, In Afghanistan
gunmen fatally shot 2 Afghan members of a mine-clearing team. Afghan
and allied forces killed 12 Taliban fighters.
(SFC, 3/25/08, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/25/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 24, Bhutan held its
first democratic elections. A new parliament and new constitution
diluted the powers of its popular monarch. The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa
(DPT) or Bhutan United Party, led by ex-premier Jigmi Thinley (55),
won 44 of 47 seats. Thinley has pledged to boost development and
happiness in the Himalayan nation.
(AP, 3/25/08)(Econ, 3/29/08, p.58)
2008 Mar 24, Neil Aspinall
(b.1941)), Beatle associate and boss of Apple Corps, died in NYC.
2008 Mar 24, An American cargo
ship under contract to the US Navy opened fire on a small Egyptian
boat while moving through the Suez Canal. Egyptian authorities said
at least one man was killed. On Aug 28 the US ambassador met with
the family Mohammed Fouad, the man killed, and offered an apology
and 750,000 Egyptian pounds, or about US$140,000. In return, the
family agreed not to sue the US government.
(AP, 3/25/08)(AP, 8/29/08)
2008 Mar 24, In Greece 3 men
from a free-press group ran onto the field of the stadium in Ancient
Olympia during a flame-lighting ceremony for the Beijing Olympics,
evading massive security aimed at preventing such disruptions in the
wake of China's crackdown in Tibet.
2008 Mar 24, In Iraq PM
al-Maliki announced that Operation Charge of the Knights would begin
the next day in Basra. He sent over 30,000 Iraqi troops into Basra,
mentored by US Marines, to clean out the Shia militias.
2008 Mar 24, Pakistan's
National Assembly elected as prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, a
top official in assassinated former PM Benazir Bhutto's party.
Gilani ordered the release of all judges detained after President
Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency rule last year.
(Reuters, 3/24/08)(AFP, 3/24/08)
2008 Mar 24, Portugal's
President Anibal Cavaco Silva began a 3-day official visit to
Mozambique, where members of his government have signed four
2008 Mar 24, A car bomb
exploded outside a bank in southern Russia's violence-plagued
Ingushetia region, wounding at least five people.
2008 Mar 24, Saudi Arabia said
its king would send a lower level diplomat to the March 29 Arab
League summit in Syria, which hoped to help solve the stalemate in
(WSJ, 3/25/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 24, The WHO said polio
transmission has been stopped in Somalia.
(WSJ, 3/25/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 24, South Korea's
president asked North Korea to consider sending home prisoners of
war and captured civilians in return for receiving humanitarian aid
2008 Mar 24, Rafael Azcona
(b.1926), Spanish novelist and scriptwriter, died. He was known for
films such as the Oscar-winning comedy "Belle Epoque" and Luis
Garcia Berlanga's "The Executioner."
2008 Mar 24, An exiled Tibetan
leader said 2 weeks of protests against China's rule of Tibet have
left about 130 people dead.
2009 Mar 24, Pres. Obama in his
2nd prime time news conference made the case for his $3.6 trillion
(WSJ, 3/25/09, p.A1)
2009 Mar 24, US Treasury
Secretary Timothy Geithner called on Congress to grant him new
powers to regulate huge financial companies like insurance giant
AIG, whose failure would pose a grave danger to the US financial
system and the broader economy.
2009 Mar 24, New York’s Gov.
David Paterson ordered layoffs that could total over 4% of state
workers after unions refused concessions.
(WSJ, 3/25/09, p.A1)
2009 Mar 24, Cepheid, a
Sunnyvale, Ca., gene-based test developer, said it has devised a
rapid, sensitive diagnostic test for tuberculosis and will make it
available at reduced cost in developing countries. The new automated
test gives results in 2 hours.
(SFC, 3/25/09, p.C1)
2009 Mar 24, Kraft Foods Inc.
notified the FDA that it had detected salmonella in roasted
pistachios through routine product testing. Kraft and the Georgia
Nut Co. recalled their Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix the
next day. The FDA contacted California-based Setton Pistachio and
California health officials shortly afterward. California alone is
the second-largest producer of pistachios in the world.
2009 Mar 24, NATO troops on a
foot patrol shot and killed an Afghan civilian south of Kabul after
he ignored their signals to stop as he sped toward them in a car.
2009 Mar 24, Australian police
arrested a senior motorcycle gang member as authorities launched a
crackdown on biker groups in response to a deadly airport brawl that
shocked the country and brought a simmering gang war out into the
2009 Mar 24, The WHO's annual
report on TB, presented in Rio, indicated that there were 1.37
million cases of people with both TB and HIV in 2007, the latest
year for which statistics are available. About 700,000 people were
infected with both in 2006.
2009 Mar 24, The British
government published its revamped counter-terrorism strategy.
(Econ, 3/28/09, p.67)
2009 Mar 24, The Czech
government collapsed after losing a parliamentary no-confidence vote
over its handling of the economic crisis.
2009 Mar 24, The French
government offered for the first time to compensate victims of
nuclear tests in Algeria and the South Pacific, bowing to decades of
pressure by people sickened by radiation.
2009 Mar 24, Striking French
workers for US manufacturer 3M held their boss hostage amid labor
talks at a plant south of Paris, as anger over layoffs and cutbacks
mounted around the country. Manager Luc Rousselet was released after
being held for 2 days.
2009 Mar 24, In Hungary former
bank governor Gyorgy Suranyi emerged as the preferred candidate to
replace PM Gyurcsany.
(WSJ, 3/25/09, p.A1)
2009 Mar 24, Indonesia's
controversial Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari said she wants to
end vaccinating children against meningitis, mumps and some other
diseases because she fears foreign drug companies are using the
country as a testing ground.
2009 Mar 24, In Indonesia
rangers found the bodies of 2 rare Sumatran elephants with gunshots
to the head hours after they were used for a patrol against illegal
loggers and several hundred yards from their camp.
2009 Mar 24, Kurdish rebels
rejected calls by Iraq's president to stop fighting against Turkey
and leave Iraqi territory as the visiting Turkish president stepped
up pressure on the Baghdad government to act against the group.
2009 Mar 24, Prosecutors
charged a top aide to Japan's opposition leader in connection with a
political donations scandal, but the lawmaker said he would stay on
as party chief and continue his quest to become the country's next
prime minister. Ichiro Ozawa, the head of the Democratic Party of
Japan, said he still believed he and his aide have not broken any
laws. But he apologized for causing the concerns because of the
2009 Mar 24, Mexican soldiers
in a Monterrey suburb detained Hector Huerta Rios, one of the
nation's 24 top drug traffickers included on a "most-wanted" list
issued two days ago. Officials in Nuevo Laredo began destroying more
than 35 statues dedicated to a "Death Saint" popular with drug
2009 Mar 24, It was reported
that the Moroccan government has begun a clampdown on what it sees
as threats to the kingdom's religious and moral foundations, with
Shiite Islam and gays particularly targeted.
2009 Mar 24, Sri Lanka's
military accused "a vicious coalition" of international aid groups
of harboring terrorists and seeking to prolong the island's civil
war for economic gain.
2010 Mar 24, President Barack
Obama's administration named 54 alleged Mexican drug cartel
lieutenants and enforcers as drug kingpins under a law that allows
the US government to freeze their bank accounts and penalize their
2010 Mar 24, The US and Russia
reached a breakthrough agreement for a historic treaty to reduce
their nuclear arsenals. Prague announced it will host the signing of
a new US-Russian treaty to reduce long-range nuclear weapons. The
deal would replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
(AP, 3/24/10)(SFC, 3/25/10, p.A10)
2010 Mar 24, More than 1
million baby slings made by Infantino were recalled in the US after
claims linking them to three infant deaths. Another 15,000 were
recalled in Canada.
2010 Mar 24, Robert Culp
(b.1930), TV actor, died after hitting his head during a fall near
his Hollywood home. Culp shot to fame thanks to his Kelly Robinson
role in “I Spy" (1965-1968). During the 1980s, Culp also logged 44
episodes as Bill Maxwell in “The Greatest American Hero."
2010 Mar 24, In southern
Afghanistan a bombing killed two NATO service members. A NATO
soldier was killed by small-arms attack in southern Afghanistan. Six
Taliban fighters were killed in Marjah, an area in the southern
province of Helmand captured last month by NATO, US and Afghan
troops during a massive operation. Two Afghan civilians died in the
crossfire of a gun battle between foreign troops and militants in
(AP, 3/24/10)(AFP, 3/25/10)
2010 Mar 24, Australia and
China signed a multibillion dollar natural gas deal, pushing ahead
with business as the trial of four employees of mining giant Rio
Tinto ended in Shanghai with a verdict still to be announced.
2010 Mar 24, Canada’s province
of Quebec passed legislation stipulating that Muslim women will need
to uncover their faces when dealing with Quebec government services.
(SFC, 3/25/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 24, In China the
presidents of Afghanistan and China oversaw the signing of new
agreements aimed at strengthening the Afghan economy as a step
toward combating the Taliban and achieving political stability.
2010 Mar 24, In Colombia a car
bomb ripped open cars and storefronts in the administrative center
of the Pacific port of Buenaventura, left 9 people dead and 56
wounded. The FARC was suspected.
(AP, 3/25/10)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.38)
2010 Mar 24, Egyptian police
arrested 22 people suspected of involvement in smuggling goods into
the Gaza Strip as part of major crackdown.
2010 Mar 24, El Salvador
President Mauricio Funes publicly apologized on behalf of the state
for the 1980 assassination of Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar
Arnulfo Romero. Funes said Romero was killed by right-wing death
squads "who unfortunately acted with the protection, collaboration
or participation of state agents."
2010 Mar 24, Dozens of French
sex workers proclaiming themselves proud to be prostitutes marched
to protest a lawmaker's proposal to legalize brothels in France,
arguing that such a law would deny them the freedom to work on their
2010 Mar 24, Iceland’s
parliament voted to ban striptease shows, making it an offense for
any business to profit from the nudity of its employees. The ban
became effective on 1 July.
2010 Mar 24, Indonesian police
ordered the cancellation of a conference of Asian gay activists,
saying it could prompt violent protests by conservative Muslim
2010 Mar 24, In Iraq gunmen
riding in two cars shot dead five Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint in
the suburbs of Baghdad. Iraqi forces arrested 17 suspects in the
2010 Mar 24, Japan’s government
passed a 92 trillion yen budget for the fiscal year beginning April
(Econ, 4/3/10, p.77)
2010 Mar 24, The Jerusalem
municipality said it has approved 20 new apartments for Jews in an
Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem, in a move that could stir a new
diplomatic crisis with the United States just as Israel's leader is
in Washington on a fence-mending visit.
2010 Mar 24, In Libya some 200
former Islamist militants walked out the gate of at Tripoli's Abu
Salim prison, accompanied by relatives weeping with joy, after a
release brokered by a son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
2010 Mar 24, Mexican federal
police arrested Jose Antonio Medina (36), Mexico's "King of Heroin,"
a powerful drug trafficker allegedly responsible for running
thousands of pounds of heroin into Southern California each year.
Medina was accused of moving 440 pounds of heroin into California
(AP, 3/26/10)(SFC, 3/26/10, p.A4)
2010 Mar 24, Mozambican and
donor officials say they have resolved questions over corruption and
democracy that led to an aid freeze.
2010 Mar 24, Most of Nigeria
was shrouded in a thick dust storm, disrupting air travel and
threatening to trigger respiratory problems.
2010 Mar 24, Norway announced
that John Tate, an American professor at the University of Texas,
Austin, has won the 6 million kroner ($1 million) Abel Prize for
mathematics. The prize jury praised Tate as "a prime architect" of
number theory, a branch of mathematics that has played a key role in
the development of modern computers.
2010 Mar 24, In Norway 16 empty
cargo train cars careened downhill for 3 miles (5 km) on the
outskirts of Oslo before slamming into a port and killing three dock
workers. Faulty brakes were blamed for the accident.
2010 Mar 24, Pakistani security
forces backed by jets pounded militant hide-outs near the Afghan
border, killing 23 suspected Islamist insurgents.
2010 Mar 24, Fitch Ratings, a
leading credit rating agency, downgraded Portugal's debt amid
growing concerns about the government's ability to service its
borrowings, another piece of bad news for the eurozone as it
struggles to deal with a debt crisis.
2010 Mar 24, Saudi Arabia said
it has foiled several planned attacks on oil installations with the
arrests of 113 suspected al-Qaida militants in a months-long sweep.
2010 Mar 24, Switzerland said
it will lift a travel ban on senior Libyan officials to ease
tensions in a dispute that has drawn in much of Europe. The Swiss
government expressed hope that Libya would respond by ending visa
restrictions against citizens of Switzerland and 24 other nations in
Europe's passport-free zone.
2010 Mar 24, Pope Benedict XVI
accepted the resignation of Bishop John Magee, a former papal aide
who stands accused of endangering children by failing to follow the
Irish church's own rules on reporting suspected pedophile priests to
2010 Mar 24, The UN and
Interpol released a joint report saying gorillas in central Africa
are in danger from illegal logging, mining and from hunters who are
killing great apes for meat.
2010 Mar 24, A Zimbabwean
rights group that organized a photo exhibit documenting human rights
violations scrambled to re-hang its damaged displays just minutes
before the show was slated to begin. Police had confiscated the
photos a day earlier, but the show's organizers won a court ruling
ordering the photos' return to the independent downtown Gallery
Delta. The rights group abandoned the photo exhibit following fresh
attempts by police to shut it down.
2011 Mar 24, The Book of
Mormon, a new musical collaboration between South Park creators Trey
Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez, premiered
2011 Mar 24, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed into law billions of dollars in cuts to state
programs and services to help solve the state’s $26.6 billion
(SFC, 3/25/11, p.C1)
2011 Mar 24, In London Delroy
Grant (53) a former British taxi driver dubbed the "Night Stalker",
was found guilty of preying on 18 men and women over a 17-year
period. Grant had preyed on the elderly for nearly two decades and
may have assaulted scores of victims. On March 25 Grant was
sentenced to at least 27 years in prison.
(AP, 3/24/11)(AP, 3/25/11)
2011 Mar 24, The Czech Interior
Ministry said Ales Mikhalevich has been given political refugee
status. The Belarus political activist had been jailed and beaten
after running against Alexander Lukashenko in presidential
elections. Mikhalevich was released on Feb 19.
2011 Mar 24, Dubai police said
the Gulf emirate has seized thousands of small arms being smuggled
in a sea cargo shipment bound for Yemen. The weapons were discovered
in a Dubai warehouse about two weeks ago. The shipment originated in
2011 Mar 24, French airstrikes
hit an air base deep inside Libya and NATO ships patrolled the coast
to block arms and mercenaries from flowing in to help Libyan leader
Moammar Gadhafi. Other coalition bombers struck artillery, tanks and
parked helicopters. NATO envoys decided to maintain the no-fly
patrols as authorized by a UN Security Council resolution last week.
(AP, 3/24/11)(AP, 3/25/11)
2011 Mar 24, Israeli aircraft
struck the Gaza Strip in response to militant rocket and mortar
attacks, stoking concerns that a grave new round of hostilities will
fill the vacuum left by an impasse in Israeli-Palestinian
peacemaking. At least 10 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip.
(AP, 3/24/11)(SFC, 3/25/11, p.A3)
2011 Mar 24, Eyad Abuarga, an
Palestinian-born Australian information technology expert, was
detained in Israel over alleged links to Hamas.
2011 Mar 24, The Economic
Community of West African States (ECOWAS) called on the UN Security
Council to take immediate steps to force Laurent Gbagbo to cede
power in Ivory Coast.
(SFC, 3/25/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 24, Hundreds of
Jordanians set up a protest camp in a main square in the capital to
press demands for the ouster of the prime minister and wider public
freedoms. About 35 people were hurt in one of the most violent
incidents in three months of demonstrations.
2011 Mar 24, Mexico’s largest
new media outlets agreed to a set of self-policed, drug war
reporting guidelines. A clash between soldiers and armed men left 13
dead in the town of Rio Bravo, on Mexico's northeastern border with
the United States.
(SFC, 3/25/11, p.A4)(AFP, 3/25/11)
2011 Mar 24, In Myanmar a 6.8
earthquake struck the northeast, shaking buildings as far away as
Bangkok. At least 75 people were killed and 111 injured.
(AP, 3/24/11)(Reuters, 3/24/11)(AP, 3/25/11)(AFP,
2011 Mar 24, In northwestern
Pakistan a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with
explosives into a police station, killing five and wounding more
than two dozen people.
2011 Mar 24, Portugal's
financial collapse appeared inevitable, as markets took the
government's resignation as proof the debt-heavy country will lose
its year-long battle to avoid a bailout and deliver another setback
to Europe's efforts to boost confidence in the euro.
2011 Mar 24, In Syria thousands
called for liberty in the southern city of Daraa, defying a deadly
government crackdown as they took to the streets in funeral marches
for protesters killed by police gunfire. The Syrian government
pledged to consider lifting some of the Mideast's most repressive
laws in an attempt to stop the weeklong uprising from spreading and
threatening its nearly 50-year rule.
(AP, 3/24/11)(AP, 3/25/11)
2011 Mar 24, Former Ukraine
Pres. Leonid Kuchma said he has been charged in the 2000 slaying of
investigative reporter Heorhiy Gongadze.
(SFC, 3/25/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 24, The UN human
rights council voted to appoint an investigator to monitor Iran amid
a crackdown on dissent and surge in executions in the country.
2011 Mar 24, The Inter-American
Human Rights Court ruled that Uruguay must remove obstacles to
prosecuting human rights abuses during its “dirty war" in the 1970s.
(SFC, 3/25/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 24, The leader of
Yemen's largest tribe sided with opponents of the embattled
president, calling for Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down immediately
and refrain from further violence against protesters. Fresh clashes
in the southeast left three wounded.
(AP, 3/24/11)(AFP, 3/24/11)
2012 Mar 24, Rick Santorum won
Louisiana's Republican primary. He walked away with at least eight
of the 20 delegates up for grabs, while Mitt Romney came in second.
While Louisiana has a total of 46 delegates at stake, just 20 were
in play. The rest will be determined at the state convention in
2012 Mar 24, In Washington, DC,
atheists gathered on the National Mall for the Reason Rally.
Organizers claimed a crowd of at least 20,000.
2012 Mar 24, Former Vice
President Dick Cheney (71) had a heart transplant, after five heart
attacks over the past 25 years and countless medical procedures to
keep him going.
2012 Mar 24, In West Virginia a
fire at a home in Charleston left 8 people dead including 6
children. A another child died due to burns the next day.
(SFC, 3/26/12, p.A4)
2012 Mar 24, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb detonated by remote control killed five
people, including a former Afghan senator and tribal leader who
worked to foster peace and development. In the east a NATO service
member died as a result of a non-battle related injury. Eight Afghan
security personnel and a foreign soldier were among 10 people killed
in a Taliban-style roadside bombing in Kandahar province.
(AP, 3/24/12)(AFP, 3/25/12)
2012 Mar 24, Chechnya's first
lady, Medni Kadyrova, displayed her Islamic fashion collection to a
captivated audience in Dubai, faithful to the politics of her
husband who has sought to impose Islamic dress codes in the Caucasus
2012 Mar 24, Egypt's
Islamist-dominated parliament and senate began meeting to elect a
panel to draft a new constitution amid calls by liberal groups for
protests against Islamist influence over the charter.
2012 Mar 24, Egyptian soldiers
and police clashed overnight with thousands of angry soccer fans in
a Suez Canal city over the suspension of their club following a
deadly riot last month. One teenager was reported killed with a
gunshot to the back.
2012 Mar 24, Guatemala's Pres.
Otto Perez Molina proposed that the United States and other
"consumer" countries pick up the tab for the cost of drug seizures.
He said the US has a "responsibility" because it has one of the
highest rates of drug use.
2012 Mar 24, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari
arrived in Tajikistan for regional security talks with Afghan leader
2012 Mar 24, Iraq detained 22
policemen after 19 inmates, including two men on death row, escaped
from a prison in the northern city of Kirkuk a day earlier.
2012 Mar 24, It was reported
that New Zealand scientist Sir Paul Callaghan (64) has died after a
long battle with bowel cancer. He gained international recognition
for his work in molecular physics.
2012 Mar 24, In Nigeria
suspected members of the Boko Haram Islamist sect set off a suicide
car bomb during a military raid on their hideout in the northern
city of Kano.
2012 Mar 24, Pakistani
officials said at least 7 soldiers and 22 militants died in clashes
between government troops and militants in South Waziristan and the
Orakzai district over the past 24 hours.
2012 Mar 24, In Pakistan Kamran
Khan (13), who was top of his class four years running in the
northwestern town of Shabqadar, doused himself in kerosene after an
argument with his mother over a new uniform. He suffered more than
50% burns and died five days later.
2012 Mar 24, In central Somalia
hundreds of heavily armed Ethiopian troops advanced into Dhusamareb
with the aim of attacking the main stronghold of the Al Qaeda-linked
Shebab militia in the region.
2012 Mar 24, South Africa
launched a plan to diagnose tuberculosis in the country's gold
mines, where the disease's incidence is the highest in the world.
2012 Mar 24, Syrian troops
launched raids on several rebel towns that left at least 20 people
dead after raging overnight firefights with army deserters. Fighting
in Saraqeb left 2 rebels and 9 government troops dead. 14 people
were reported killed in Homs province.
(AFP, 3/24/12)(SSFC, 3/25/12, p.A6)
2012 Mar 24, In Tunisia Beji
Caid Essebsi (85), the man who steered the country in the aftermath
of its January 2011 revolution, came out of retirement to criticize
the Islamist-led government and galvanize a secular opposition.
2012 Mar 24, In southern Yemen
suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen have killed Major Kamal al-Ashwal and
wounded two soldiers in an ambush east of the city of Huta.
2013 Mar 24, Central African
Republic's President Francois Bozize fled the capital, hours after
hundreds of armed rebels threatening to overthrow him invaded
2013 Mar 24, Egyptian Foreign
Minister Mohammed Amr Kamel said that the Syrian opposition can now
send an envoy to the two-day Arab League summit beginning March 26
2013 Mar 24, Israel's army
fired a guided missile into Syria, destroying a military post after
gunfire flew across the border and struck an Israeli vehicle.
2013 Mar 24, In Libya about 200
militiamen and protesters demanding the resignation of Libya's PM
Ali Zidan have ended their day-long siege of his office. The protest
in Tripoli ended after the prime minister sneaked out of the
building through the back door late today.
2013 Mar 24, In Macedonia the
coalition "For a better Macedonia," led by PM Nikola Gruevski's
VMRO-DPMNE party, won 43 of the country's 81 communities in the
first round of elections. Social Democrat leader Branko Crvenkovski,
head of the left-wing opposition and a former president, said the
elections "were not free and fair.
2013 Mar 24, In Mali Islamic 9
people were left dead after extremists belonging to the Movement for
Oneness and Jihad in West Africa infiltrated Gao a day earlier. The
dead include 4 extremists, a soldier and 4 civilians.
2013 Mar 24, Pakistan's
election commission chose Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, a former high court
chief justice nominated by the country's outgoing ruling party, to
serve as caretaker prime minister in the run up to a historic
national election this spring.
2013 Mar 24, In Pakistan
militants launched a suicide car bomb attack against a military
check post in the country's northwest tribal region, killing 17
soldiers. Former President Pervez Musharraf returned home after more
than four years in exile, seeking a possible political comeback in
defiance of judicial probes and death threats from Taliban
militants. Security forces whisked him away in the southern port
city of Karachi.
2013 Mar 24, A senior
Palestinian official rejected the idea of a partial Israeli
settlement freeze as a way of restarting peace talks.
2013 Mar 24, Peru’s military
chief Adm. Jose Cueto announced over the weekend that a draft would
be held in May. It applies to all 18- to 25-year-old males chosen by
lottery. Parents and university students are exempt. So is anyone
who can afford the $700 fine.
2013 Mar 24, In Somalia 2
gunmen in Mogadishu shot and killed Rahmo Abdulqadir Farah, a female
2013 Mar 24, In South Africa 6
of 19 stranded pilot whales on a beach in Cape Town died and
authorities said they planned to euthanize some of the surviving
2013 Mar 24, The leader of the
Western-backed Syrian opposition coalition, Mouaz al-Khatib,
resigned, citing what he called the lack of international support
for those seeking to topple President Bashar Assad. Rebel military
leader Col. Riad al-Asaad, who was among the first to call openly
for armed insurrection against President Bashar Assad, was wounded
by a bomb planted in his car. He had his right foot amputated
following a blast in the town of Mayadeen.
(AP, 3/24/13)(AP, 3/25/13)
2013 Mar 24, Dozens of people
from Syrian President Bashar Assad's own minority sect met in Cairo
to send an unusual message to their fellow Alawites back home: Join
the opposition before it is too late.