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
Elizabeth." In 2016 John Guy authored “Elizabeth: The Forgotten
(WSJ, 4/16/97, p.A13)(WSJ, 2/4/06, p.P9)(Reuters,
2/16/12)(Econ, 4/30/15, p.77)
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)
1782 Mar 24, Loyalist
militiamen captured a fort on the New Jersey coast. Revolutionary
commander Captain Joshua Huddy was captured and taken to New York. A
few days later loyalist soldier Philip White was killed in Monmouth
County, New Jersey.
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 Great
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.
1851 Mar 24, In San Francisco
pedestrians and horse drawn vehicles streamed out on the new Mission
Plank Road to the new Pioneer Race Course, built by the Treat
brothers. It was bounded by 24th, 26th Capp and Florida streets. It
closed in 1864.
(SFC, 5/14/16, p.C2)
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.
1873 Mar 24, Mary Ann Cotton
(b.1832), English serial killer, was tried and hanged. She was said
to have killed three of her four husbands, a lover, her mother and
11 of her 13 children.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Ann_Cotton)(Econ, 1/7/17, p.34)
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 New Orleans
school board said that it has decided that jazz music and jazz
dancing would be abolished in the public schools. The order was
rescinded in 2022.
(SFC, 3/30/22, p.A9)
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 cross 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.
1942 Mar 24, Western Defense
Commander Lt. Gen. John L. De Witt proclaimed a rigid curfew
restricting movement of all enemy aliens and American Japanese in
West Coast military zones effective March 27.
(SSFC, 3/19/17, DB p.50)
1944 Mar 24, 76 British and
Allied officers escaped Stalag Luft 3. In 1949 Paul Brickall
authored "The Great Escape." 47 of the escapees were later killed
while resisting arrest. 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."
p.A27)(SFEC, 1/2/00, BR p.1)(SFC, 1/22/03, p.A19)(SSFC, 5/19/19, DB
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 approved
the Twenty-second Amendment, and submitted it to the state
legislatures for ratification. That process was completed on
February 27, 1951, after the amendment had been ratified by the
requisite 36 of the then-48 states (as neither Alaska nor Hawai'i
had been admitted as states), and its provisions came into force on
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)
1974 Mar 24, In the SF Bay Area
Janet Taylor (21), a community college student, was last seen
hitchhiking on Junipero Serra Blvd. on the western edge of the
Stanford campus. Her body was found the next day by a truck driver
along Sand Hill Road. In 2021 DNA evidence led to the conviction of
John Arthur Getreu (77). Getreu was also linked to the Feb. 1973
murder of Leslie Perlov (21), a Stanford graduate on her way to law
school at Yale.
(SFC, 9/16/21, p.C6)
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. The coup was triggered in part by the
violence of the Montoneros, a leftist-nationalist guerrilla group.
(SFC, 9/14/96, p.A9)(AP, 3/23/97)(SFC,
6/10/98, p.A10)(Econ, 9/13/14, p.43)
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, 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 at Westside Middle School. 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. In 2019 Golden (33), who had
changed his name to Drew Grant, was killed in a car crash.
(SFC, 3/25/98, p.A1)(SFC, 3/26/98, p.A1)(SFC,
8/12/98, p.A3)(AP, 8/12/05)(SFC, 7/29/19, p.A6)
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, In Lafayette, Ca.,
Janet Daher (46) was found murdered in her Rose Lane home. In June
SF police arrested a suspect who was found with her jewelry and led
police to two other suspects. Joseph Andrew Perez Jr. (26) was
identified as the main player in the murder. Maury O’Brien (18) of
Fairfield was the 2nd defendant and Lee Snyder (17) was a 3rd
suspect. O’Brien was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years
to life in prison. Snyder was sentenced to life in prison. Perez was
convicted in 2001 and sentenced to death in 2002.
(SFC, 3/26/98, p.A21)(SFC, 6/9/98, p.A1)(SFC,
6/10/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/13/98, p.A22)(SFC, 6/16/98, p.A16)(SFC,
10/17/01, p.A14)(SFC, 3/2/18, p.D8)
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 people. By 2016
the state had over 210 million people.
(Econ, 3/24/07, p.48)(Econ, 4/9/15, p.41)
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, a
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. 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.
2014 Mar 24, SF Bay Area
prosecutors announced indictments of 16 people in a gang crackdown
dubbed “Operation Sunny Day" that focused on East Palo Alto and at
least 4 regional murders in 2012-2013.
(SFC, 3/25/14, p.C1)
2014 Mar 24, In NYC five former
employees of Bernard Madoff were convicted after a 6-month trial on
charges related to the massive fraud first revealed in Dec, 2008.
(SFC, 3/25/14, p.D6)
2014 Mar 24, Major Texas
shipping channels that deliver crude oil for more than one-tenth of
the nation's refining capacity were shut for a third day, as the
cleanup from a spill threatened to last through the week.
2014 Mar 24, In Virginia US
Navy security forces at the Norfolk Naval Station killed civilian
truck driver Jeffrey Tyrone Savage after he shot and killed Petty
Officer 2nd class Mark Mayo aboard the USS Mahan.
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 24, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban militants attacked a police checkpoint, sparking
a gunbattle that killed 2 policemen and one of the militants in
Helmand province. Five Taliban militants were arrested after
reinforcements from a nearby checkpoint joined the fight.
2014 Mar 24, Belgium and Italy
said they had moved excess nuclear materials to the United States
for disposal or downgrading under the terms of past agreements, at
the start of a nuclear summit in the Netherlands.
2014 Mar 24, British Judge
Jonathan Gosling Francis sentenced Paul Cullen (85), a former
Catholic priest who spent decades on the run, to 15 years in jail
for sexually abusing seven children between 1957 and 1991.
2014 Mar 24, An Egyptian court
sentenced 529 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death
for murder and other offences.
2014 Mar 24, The EU approved
sanctions and said it will no longer import any fish caught by
vessels from Cambodia, Belize and Guinea, accusing their governments
of failing to cooperate in fighting illegal fishing.
2014 Mar 24, France-based
Airbus Defence & Space captured images showing 122 potential
objects, possible debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, in a
400-sq-km (155-sq-mile) area in the southern Indian Ocean.
2014 Mar 24, Guinea announced
that samples taken from three suspected cases of Ebola, which led to
two deaths in Conakry, had tested negative for the virus. Health
workers said the outbreak from the Ebola virus, which has killed at
least 59 people in Guinea, may have spread to Liberia.
(AFP, 3/24/14)(SFC, 3/25/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 24, Italian financial
police arrested a former executive of the state-controlled
Finmeccanica defense contractor in a bribery investigation. Stefano
Carlini, former head of external relations, was one of four people
placed under house arrest.
2014 Mar 24, Japanese and US
leaders said Japan will turn over hundreds of kilograms of sensitive
atomic material of potential use in bombs to the United States to be
downgraded and disposed. This was shortly before leaders from 53
countries, including Obama and Abe, were due to hold a two-day
summit at The Hague aimed at preventing al Qaeda-style militant
groups from acquiring nuclear bombs.
2014 Mar 24, Mexican
authorities over the past week found more than 370 children in 14
states dumped by people smugglers while trying to make their way
into the United States.
2014 Mar 24, In Mexico 3 women
and a 7-year-old girl were shot to death in a village near the
resort city of Acapulco.
2014 Mar 24, Russia's SMP Bank
said around 9 billion rubles had been withdrawn by depositors since
U.S. sanctions were announced last week.
2014 Mar 24, Russian historian
Andrei Zubov was fired from his teaching position at the Moscow
State Institute of Int’l. Relations for drawing parallels between
Russia’s occupation of Crimea and Germany’s annexation of Austria
and Sudetenland territories in 1938-39.
(Econ, 3/29/14, p.53)
2014 Mar 24, A Saudi man
convicted of shooting dead a compatriot in a dispute was beheaded by
the sword. His execution in Hafr al-Batin brings to 12 the number of
death sentences carried out this year in Saudi Arabia.
2014 Mar 24, South Africa's
platinum producers said a two-month strike was causing "irreparable"
damage to the sector, which has to date lost nearly a billion
dollars in revenue.
2014 Mar 24, Ukraine announced
the evacuation of its troops and their families from Crimea,
effectively acknowledging defeat in the face of Russian forces, who
stormed one of the last remaining Ukrainian bases on the peninsula.
2014 Mar 24, In Venezuela Sgt.
Miguel Antonio Parra was shot dead during a street demonstration in
Merida. At least 32 people have died in protests over the last five
(SFC, 3/25/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 24, In Yemen gunmen
killed 20 soldiers in a dawn attack on a checkpoint in the eastern
province of Hadramawt, most of them in their sleep, in the latest in
a wave of deadly violence blamed on Al-Qaeda.
2015 Mar 24, Pres. Obama met
with Afghan Pres. Ashraf Ghani and in a joint news conference
announced that the US will maintain its current 9,800 troops in
Afghanistan through the end of this year.
(SFC, 3/25/15, p.A3)
2015 Mar 24, In California
police officer Michael Johnson was shot and killed in San Jose while
responding to a call about a suicidal man, identified as Scott
Dunham (57), armed with a gun.
(Reuters, 3/25/15)(SFC, 3/26/15, p.A10)
2015 Mar 24, In Indiana 4
people were found fatally shot this morning at a ransacked home in
2015 Mar 24, In Pennsylvania
Hummelstown police Officer Lisa J. Mearkle (36) was charged with
criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed
motorist in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop over an
expired inspection sticker.
(AP, 3/24/15)(SFC, 3/25/15, p.A8)
2015 Mar 24, In Wisconsin
police officer Trevor Casper began pursuing a vehicle matching the
description of the car of a suspect who was wanted in a bank robbery
in Fond du Lac Fond du Lac. A gun battle ensued leaving both the
trooper and the suspect dead.
2015 Mar 24, Google announced
that it would be bringing Google Fiber to Salt Lake City, which
actually will make it the second city in Utah to have access to the
service. Google first announced it was bringing Fiber to Provo, Utah
back in 2013.
(BGR News, 3/25/15)
2015 Mar 24, It was reported
that H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods, creating one of the
largest food and beverage companies in the world with annual revenue
of about $28 billion. The deal was engineered by Warren Buffett's
Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital. The two
will invest another $10 billion in the new company.
2015 Mar 24, Merck & Co
Inc. said that it would stop a large study of its Keytruda melanoma
treatment early because an independent monitoring committee
determined the drug succeeded in its goal of prolonging survival in
previously untreated patients at advanced stage of the disease. In
2016 Keytruda became the 2nd checkpoint inhibitor to be approved in
(Reuters, 3/24/15)(Econ, 9/16/17, TQ p.9)
2015 Mar 24, Brent crude oil
fell towards $55 a barrel in choppy trading after the dollar firmed,
adding pressure to a market grappling with signs of slowing Chinese
growth and Saudi Arabian oil production close to an all-time high.
2015 Mar 24, In China a meeting
of the Communist Party's politburo hosted by President Xi Jinping
approved three free-trade zones in the southern province of
Guangdong, eastern province of Fujian and northern city of Tianjin.
2015 Mar 24, In China a
provincial court in Kunming, Yunnan province, announced that
authorities have executed three Uighur men for carrying out a knife
attack last year at a train station where 31 civilians were killed.
(SFC, 3/25/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 24, The leaders of
Egypt and Ethiopia promised to boost cooperation on the Nile River
and turn a page on a long-running row over Addis Ababa's
controversial dam project.
2015 Mar 24, An Airbus A320
Germanwings airplane, operated by Lufthansa, crashed in the French
Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. 150 people were
killed. On March 26 investigators said Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz of
the doomed Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and
"intentionally" sent the plane full speed into a mountain in the
(AP, 3/24/15)(Reuters, 3/26/15)
2015 Mar 24, Greece's former
finance minister, George Papaconstantinou (53), was acquitted on
criminal charges over his handling of data on Greeks holding Swiss
bank accounts. He was found guilty of a misdemeanor for doctoring a
document and was not expected to spend time in jail.
(SFC, 3/25/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 24, In Iraq Islamic
State militants publicly stoned a man and a woman to death on
charges of adultery.
(SFC, 3/25/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 24, Jordan signed a
$10 billion deal with Russia to build the kingdom's first nuclear
power plant, with two 1,000-megawatt reactors in the country's
2015 Mar 24, Syrian rebels
launched an offensive against a major government-held city in
northwestern Syria, shelling the outskirts and warning residents to
remain indoors in the coming days.
2015 Mar 24, The UN General
Assembly’s budget committee approved a plan to give benefits to all
spouses of gay UN staffers who are legally married regardless of
same-sex marriage laws in their home countries.
(SFC, 3/25/15, p.A7)
2015 Mar 24, Venezuela said it
is launching a probe into large offshore bank deposits amid a spate
of reports that at least $2 billion was siphoned off by corrupt,
top-level officials at state-run oil company PDVSA.
2015 Mar 24, In southern Yemen
the Shiite rebels known as Houthis fired bullets and tear gas to
disperse thousands of protesters demanding that the rebels withdraw
from Taiz province. At least 6 demonstrators were killed.
(SFC, 3/25/15, p.A4)
2016 Mar 24, US law enforcement
charged seven hackers, tied to the Iranian government, in a series
of punishing cyberattacks on a small dam outside New York City and
on dozens of banks in 2012-2013.
2016 Mar 24, The University of
California's governing board adopted a statement condemning
anti-Semitic behavior, becoming the first public university system
to do so since campaigns for academic and economic boycotts of
Israel have taken root on many US college campuses.
2016 Mar 24, A US federal jury
ordered Gilead Sciences, based in Foster City, Ca., to pay Merck
& Co. $200 million in damages for infringing on patents for
hepatitis C drugs.
(SFC, 3/25/16, p.D2)
2016 Mar 24, Earl Hammer Jr.
(b.1923), the creator of the Waltons’ TV show (1972-1981), died in
(SSFC, 3/27/16, p.C13)
2016 Mar 24, Indiana Gov. Mike
Pence signed a bill that added broad limits to women’s access to
abortions. The bill prohibited abortions on the grounds of Down’s
syndrome or any other disability. On April 7 the American Civil
Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky sued
Indiana over the law.
p.A4)(Econ, 4/2/16, p.30)(SFC, 4/8/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 24, Kansas woman Shona
Banda filed a federal lawsuit suing the state and some agencies
involved in questioning and removing her son (11) from her home
after he spoke up at school about her use of marijuana, which she
said was used to treat her Crohn’s disease.
(SSFC, 3/27/16, p.A8)
2016 Mar 24, In northern
Afghanistan clashes between supporters of two rival warlords killed
one person and wounded five in Maymana, Faryab province. In southern
Kandahar province, Afghan Army Gen. Khan Agha Achekzay of the 205
Corps was killed along with a bodyguard when he was ambushed late
today in the Dand district.
2016 Mar 24, Angola's
population has risen to nearly 26 million from earlier estimates of
around 21 million, according to the results of a 2014 census
2016 Mar 24, Australian and
Malaysian officials said that two pieces of debris recently
discovered along the coast of Mozambique are "highly likely" to have
come from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
2016 Mar 24, Belgian police
arrested six people in their probe of the March 22 Islamic State
suicide bombings in Brussels.
2016 Mar 24, In Belgium a
security guard who worked at a nuclear plant was murdered and his
pass was stolen. The guard's badge was de-activated as soon as it
was discovered he had been shot dead in the Charleroi region and his
2016 Mar 24, Former England
footballer Adam Johnson was sentenced to six years in prison at
Bradford Crown Court for engaging in sexual activity with a
2016 Mar 24, In China a
colleague said four staff of the Wujie News website, which carried
an anonymous letter earlier this month calling on President Xi
Jinping to resign, have been missing for over a week. Wujie, known
as Watching in English, was founded in 2015 with funding from
Internet giant Alibaba. It has not published any original articles
on its website since March 16.
2016 Mar 24, Congo Rep.
Interior Minister Raymond Zephirin Mboulou said President Denis
Sassou N'Guesso scored a first-round win on March 20, taking 60.4
percent of the vote.
2016 Mar 24, Egyptian police
reportedly identified people linked to the murder of Italian student
Giulio Regeni, after killing four members of a criminal gang and
finding the victim's passport at one of their apartments.
2016 Mar 24, French authorities
arrested French national Reda Kriket (34) in the Paris suburb of
Argenteuil. He was suspected of belonging to a militant network
planning an attack. Explosives were found in the man's house as well
as a Kalashnikov AK-47 and a machine pistol from Croatia.
(Reuters, 3/25/16)(AFP, 3/25/16)(Econ, 4/16/16,
2016 Mar 24, In central France
a minibus carrying Portuguese nationals resident in Switzerland back
home for the Easter vacation crashed head-on with a truck, killing
all 12 passengers including a 7-year-old girl just before midnight.
2016 Mar 24, An Indonesian
patrol ship fired shots at two Taiwanese vessels suspected of
illegal fishing after they ignored repeated warnings to leave
(SFC, 3/25/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 24, Iraqi authorities
decided to shut down the Al-Jazeera channel's Baghdad office,
accusing Qatar's state-funded TV network of inciting violence and
2016 Mar 24, The Iraqi army
said its troops and allied militia have launched what is expected to
be a long and difficult offensive to retake the second city of
Mosul, the Islamic State group's main hub in Iraq. The IS fighting
strength in Mosul was estimated at around 10,000 fighters.
(AFP, 3/24/16)(Econ, 4/16/16, p.37)
2016 Mar 24, Japan's whaling
fleet returned with 333 whales it caught in its first Antarctic
harvest since an international court ruling stopped its hunt two
2016 Mar 24, Kenyan officials
said the country's examination board has been dissolved and its
members will be arrested following reports of widespread cheating in
the university entrance exams for high school students.
2016 Mar 24, Kyrgyzstan accused
Uzbekistan of building up its military presence at their shared
border in retaliation for Kyrgyzstan's attempt to reclaim a water
reservoir at a contested spot.
2016 Mar 24, In eastern Lebanon
a bomb targeted a military vehicle near the border with Syria,
killing one soldier and wounding three on the edge of Arsal in the
2016 Mar 24, Malaysian police
said they have arrested 15 people, including a police officer,
suspected of links to Islamic State and of planning an attack in the
2016 Mar 24, A Moldovan court
sentenced three men to seven years in prison on charges of human
trafficking after they transported three Moldovans to Turkey in
2001-2002 to have their kidneys removed.
2016 Mar 24, New Zealand voted
to retain its national flag, which includes the Union Jack of its
former colonial ruler.
2016 Mar 24, Nigeria’s
presidency said it has accused 300 firms and individuals, including
army officers, of embezzling 48 billion naira ($241.45 million)
through overpaid defense contracts or fraud, in a widening a
crackdown on graft.
2016 Mar 24, At The Hague
Florence Hartmann, now a freelance journalist, was arrested outside
the UN war crimes tribunal just before the court convicted Bosnian
Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. Her attorney said it was almost
certainly an attempt by the UN to make her serve out a previous
sentence for contempt of court. The tribunal convicted her in 2009
for publishing confidential material, giving her a fine which was
later converted into a seven-day prison sentence. Hartmann was
released on March 29.
(AP, 3/28/16)(AP, 3/29/16)
2016 Mar 24, Pakistan arrested
an Indian intelligence officer for his involvement in "subversive
activities" in southwestern Baluchistan province and lodged a
protest with India's envoy over the case. Kulbhushan Jadhav of India
was arrested by Pakistan after he allegedly entered the country from
Iran. Pakistani officials say he has been linked to 1,345 deaths in
acts of terrorism in Pakistan, making secret trips to the country
from Iran. The alleged spy was later sentenced to death by a
Pakistani military court.
(AP, 3/25/16)(AP, 2/18/19)
2016 Mar 24, Two knife-wielding
Palestinians wounded an Israeli soldier in the West Bank city of
Hebron before being shot dead by troops. The Israeli military
detained Sergeant Elor Azaria who was captured on video shooting
injured Palestinian Abd Elfatah Ashareef (21) lying on the ground.
(AFP, 3/24/16)(AP, 3/24/16)(Reuters, 1/4/17)
2016 Mar 24, In Peru Keiko
Fujimori, the center-right candidate and frontrunner to win next
month’s presidential election, was given the go-ahead to stay in the
race, after a legal attempt to block her for breaking rules was
rejected by an electoral court.
2016 Mar 24, In Scotland Muslim
shopkeeper Asad Shah (40) was killed in Glasgow. Another Muslim man
was soon arrested in connection with Shah's death. On July 7 suspect
Tanveer Ahmed (32), from Bradford in northern England, pleaded
guilty at Glasgow's High Court. Ahmed said he killed Shah because he
felt he had disrespected Islam.
(AP, 3/26/16)(AP, 7/7/16)
2016 Mar 24, In South Africa an
anti-poaching security unit found two white rhino cows killed and a
bull seriously injured in a wildlife park. Two orphaned calves, aged
three and 11 months and still suckling, were sent to a sanctuary.
2016 Mar 24, Human Rights Watch
(HRW) said Sudanese security forces have used threats, assault and
rape to silence female human rights activists, forcing many to
abandon their work or flee the country.
2016 Mar 24, The Swedish
Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize for Literature, denounced the
1989 Iranian fatwa on British writer Salman Rushdie. The Academy
decided to take a position on the fatwa after the amount offered for
the assassination of Rushdie was recently increased.
2016 Mar 24, Syrian troops
backed by Russian warplanes advanced into the ancient city of
Palmyra, which has been under jihadist control for nearly a year. A
Russian special forces officer was killed in the combat operation.
(AFP, 3/24/16)(Reuters, 3/25/16)
2016 Mar 24, In Turkey 3
military police were killed and 22 injured in a car bombing on a
barracks in in Mermer, Diyarbakir province, suspected to be the work
of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
2016 Mar 24, UN war crimes
judges at The Hague threw out one of two charges of genocide against
Radovan Karadzic as it began to deliver a landmark verdict against
the former Bosnian Serbian leader.
2017 Mar 24, US President
Donald Trump's administration approved TransCanada Corp's Keystone
XL pipeline, cheering the oil industry and angering
environmentalists who had sought for years to block it.
2017 Mar 24, US President
Donald Trump put his reputation as a dealmaker on the line in a
high-risk vote on an embattled Republican health care plan. Trump
faced the biggest blow yet to his young presidency as his bid to
repeal Obamacare went down in flames at the hands of rebel
(AFP, 3/24/17)(AP, 3/24/17)
2017 Mar 24, The United States
State Department said it has imposed sanctions on 30 foreign
companies or individuals for transferring sensitive technology to
Iran for its missile program or for violating export controls on
Iran, North Korea and Syria.
2017 Mar 24, The US government
to issue a travel warning for French Guiana in South America. Large
protests have spread throughout the territory, blocking roads to
neighboring Brazil and Suriname.
2017 Mar 24, A US immigration
judge in Chicago granted asylum to Singaporean blogger Amos Yee
(18), saying he was persecuted for his political opinions in the
Southeast Asian city-state. On September 26 Yee was released from
custody after his bid for asylum was upheld.
(Reuters, 3/25/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.33)(SFC,
2017 Mar 24, US federal
prosecutors said the American University of Beirut, a recipient of
US government aid, has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle a civil
lawsuit over accusations that it assisted three organizations linked
to the militant group Hezbollah.
2017 Mar 24, Kentucky’s
Gov. Matt Bevin signed SB17, a “religious liberty bill" into law.
The measure allows student organizations at high schools and
colleges, under the guise of expressing religious viewpoints, to
discriminate against LGBT students..
(http://tinyurl.com/y7anya9b)(Econ 7/8/17, p.26)
2017 Mar 24, New York-based
Transparentem said hazardous, heavily polluting tanneries in
Bangladesh, with workers as young as 14, supplied leather to
companies that make shoes and handbags for a host of Western brands.
A British Medical Journal study, published this week, found that
Bangladeshi tannery workers as young as 8 frequently have untreated
rashes and infections, as well as asthma and other lung problems.
2017 Mar 24, Former Penn State
Pres. Graham Spanier (68) was convicted of hushing up complaints in
2001 of child sex abuse by assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
(SFC, 3/25/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 24, The World Health
Organization said 116 million children are to receive polio vaccines
in 13 countries in west and central Africa as part of efforts to
eradicate the disease on the continent.
2017 Mar 24, In Bangladesh a
suicide bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint near the
international airport in Dhaka, the second such incident in a week.
2017 Mar 24, In Bosnia Efeta
Veseli (56), a woman wanted for war crimes she allegedly committed
against Serb civilians during the country's 1992-95 war, was
extradited from Switzerland and handed over to authorities at
2017 Mar 24, Bulgarian
nationalists blocked for several hours the three main crossing
points with Turkey to prevent coaches bringing in thousands of Turks
with Bulgarian passports to vote in March 26 elections. Later in the
afternoon police put an end to the protests after caretaker PM
Ognyan Gerdzhikov called for the blockade to be lifted.
2017 Mar 24, In Chechnya six
Russian soldiers were killed after successfully repelling an assault
on a military facility at Naurskaya. The Islamic State militant
group claimed responsibility.
2017 Mar 24, Chinese Internet
giant Tencent paid $1.8 billion for a 5% stake in the US-based Tesla
(Econ, 4/8/17, p.59)
2017 Mar 24, In central China
accidents at two neighboring gold mines in Henan province killed 11
2017 Mar 24, In CongoDRC
Kamuina Nsapu militants decapitated 42 police officers after an
ambush in Kasai province. The fighters spared the lives of six
police officers because they spoke the local Tshiluba language.
(Reuters, 3/25/17)(SSFC, 3/26/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 24, In Egypt Hosni
Mubarak (88), the former autocrat toppled during the 2011 Arab
Spring, was freed from the military hospital where he spent much of
the past six years in detention.
2017 Mar 24, In Japan Le Thi
Nhat Linh (9) disappeared on her way to school. Her naked body was
found two days later. Autopsy results showed that the Vietnamese
girl had been choked to death. On April 14 police arrested real
estate salesman Yasumasa Shibuya (46) on suspicion he abandoned the
girl's body in Aiko City. He headed a neighborhood initiative to
watch over children walking to and from school.
2017 Mar 24, The International
Criminal Court at The Hague awarded $250 dollars as "symbolic"
damages to each victim of former Congolese warlord Germain Katanga,
a sum swiftly dismissed as meaningless by those who lost homes and
loved ones in a militia attack on their village 14 years ago.
2017 Mar 24, A court in Niger
freed fifteen civilians accused of complicity in an attempted putsch
against President Mahamadou Issoufou in December 2015.
2017 Mar 24, Hamas official
Mazen Faqha (38) was shot dead by an unknown gunman at his home in
the Gaza Strip. Israeli media said Faqha was responsible for cells
of Hamas's military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, in the
Israeli-occupied West Bank. On May 11 Hamas said it has apprehended
the killer of Mazen Fuqaha and that he carried out the assassination
on Israel's orders.
(AFP, 3/25/17)(Reuters, 5/11/17)(Econ, 4/22/17,
2017 Mar 24, In southern Poland
14 men and women in their twenties slaughtered a sheep and took
their clothes off at the former Nazi German death camp
Auschwitz-Birkenau. The group, including six Poles, four Belarusians
and one German, staged an "artistic performance" at Auschwitz aimed
at protesting the wars in Ukraine and Syria. The individuals used a
drone to film the incident. Police detained all those involved. In
2019 the man who killed the sheep, Adam Bialiatski, was sentenced to
a year in prison for animal cruelty and desecrating a site of
memory, while a second man, Mikita Valadzko, was given eight months.
Nine other participants were ordered to pay fines.
(AP, 3/24/17)(AP, 5/28/19)
2017 Mar 24, Puntland police
said pirates have seized control of a Somali fishing boat to use as
a base from which to attack larger ships.
2017 Mar 24, President Vladimir
Putin granted an audience to French far-right party leader Marine Le
Pen in the Kremlin, bestowing a level of international recognition
that has so far eluded her in the countdown to France's presidential
2017 Mar 24, In Syria US-backed
local forces fighting Islamic State reached one side of the Tabqa
dam, about 40 km (25 miles) west of Raqqa, one of the top prizes in
their campaign to drive the jihadist group from Raqqa city.
2017 Mar 24, In Syria an air
attack late today struck a prison run by militants, killing at least
16 people including prisoners and prison staff in Idlib city. Some
people were killed by gunfire as prison guards chased detainees who
tried to flee after the attack.
2017 Mar 24, Tanzania's
President John Magufuli warned the country's journalists that there
were limits to their press freedom.
2017 Mar 24, Five children were
among 11 Syrians killed after their plastic boat sank off Turkey's
2017 Mar 24, The United Nations
human rights office said an average of 100 civilians a month are
dying in Yemen's war which enters its third year this weekend, most
killed by the Saudi-led coalition's air strikes and shelling.
2018 Mar 24, The US military
launched an airstrike in southwestern Libya, killing two militants.
One was later identified as Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking official
in al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
(AP, 3/25/18)(SFC, 3/29/18, p.A2)
2018 Mar 24, Hundreds of
thousands of people in cities across the United States attended
"March for Our Lives" rallies, calling on lawmakers to enact
legislation to help stop school shootings and reduce gun violence.
2018 Mar 24, It was reported
that a poll conducted by the Associate Press-NORC Center for Public
Affairs Research found that nearly 7 in 10 adults now favor stricter
gun control measures.
(SFC, 3/24/18, p.A8)
2018 Mar 24, A Louisiana jury
convicted Travis Boys (35) of fist-degree murder for the 2015 death
of New Orleans police Officer Daryle Holloway. Boys faced a
mandatory sentence of life in prison.
(SSFC, 3/25/18, p.A10)
2018 Mar 24, In countries
around the world, at 8:30 p.m., people switched off their lights for
Earth Hour, a global call for international unity on the importance
of addressing climate change.
2018 Mar 24, Sayed Ahmed
AlWadaei, a prominent Bahraini rights campaigner exiled in Britain,
said a Bahraini court had sentenced his wife to two months in jail
in absentia this week and that his mother-in-law had begun a hunger
strike in jail.
2018 Mar 24, Beijing declared
its third major smog alert of 2018, and the second this month, just
a day after being named the top performer among 28 Chinese cities
that took special measures to rein in pollution.
2018 Mar 24, In Croatia several
thousand people marched Zagreb in protest against a European treaty
designed to protect women. They argue that under the guise of
protecting women the so-called Istanbul Convention promotes what
they call a "gender ideology" which would undermine the traditional
2018 Mar 24, In Egypt a bomb
placed under a car exploded in Alexandria, killing two people
including a policeman, two days before presidential elections. The
bombing targeted Alexandria's security chief, police Major General
2018 Mar 24, Greek authorities
found the bodies of two men believed to be migrants in an abandoned
building outside the town of Alexandroupolis. They appeared to have
been killed in a fight.
2018 Mar 24, Business
technology news website ZDNet reported that India's biometric ID
program, Aadhaar, has been hit by another major security lapse,
allowing access to private information.
2018 Mar 24, Powerful Indian
politician Lalu Prasad Yadav was sentenced to 14 years in prison for
embezzling 37 million rupees ($570,000) from Bihar state
government's treasury while he was the state's top elected official
2018 Mar 24, Ivory Coast held
its first senatorial elections. Provisional results the next day
showed that members of the ruling coalition will dominate the new
senate, tightening President Alassane Ouattara's grip on power.
2018 Mar 24, Italian lawmakers
elected the speakers of both chambers of parliament following an
inconclusive March 4 election. Forza Italia Sen. Maria Elisabetta
Alberti Casellati, a longtime Berlusconi ally, became the first
woman to be elected Senate president. The 5-Stars' Roberto Fico was
elected president of the lower Chamber of Deputies.
2018 Mar 24, Kosovo's state
telecom company said it has stopped using Serbia's country code for
landline phone calls, and instead will use its own new code.
2018 Mar 24, Malaysian
authorities said police have arrested seven men with links to the
Islamic State militant group who were planning attacks on non-Muslim
places of worship and other targets in multiple operations between
Feb. 27 and Mar. 15.
2018 Mar 24, Pakistani police
say Aniqa Khatoon was depressed when she allegedly strangled her
three children in the eastern city of Lahore. Khatoon inflicted
several cuts on her forearms with a sharp blade before informing her
father and police of the kids' deaths on the outskirts of Lahore.
2018 Mar 24, In Russia the
Urals city of Yekaterinburg blew up its most famous landmark -- a
rusty, half-finished Soviet-era television tower. The tower's
construction started in 1983 but it was never completed due to the
collapse of the Soviet Union.
2018 Mar 24, Sierra Leone's
High Court ordered the electoral commission to halt preparations for
a March 27 presidential run-off following a legal filing by a lawyer
linked to the ruling party.
2018 Mar 24, The Syrian army
paused its bombardment of Douma, the last rebel bastion near
Damascus, after midnight, as insurgents prepared to leave the rest
of their former enclave of eastern Ghouta.
2018 Mar 24, In Tanzania a
truck and a minibus collided killing at least 26 people in Mkuranga.
The dead included 12 women and 7 children.
(SFC, 3/26/18, p.A2)
2018 Mar 24, In Venezuela Jose
Antonio Abreu (78), a musician, politician and economist who created
a network of more than 1,500 orchestras and choirs for young people
in Venezuela, died. His internationally-acclaimed "El Sistema" ("The
System") has grown to include more than 900,000 children, taught by
10,000 teachers throughout Venezuela.
2019 Mar 24, The United States
clinched a strategic port deal with Oman which US officials say will
allow the US military better access to the Gulf region and reduce
the need to send ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a maritime
choke point off Iran.
2019 Mar 24, US Attorney
General William Barr Mueller sent a letter to Congress saying he
found no evidence in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report
that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 election.
2019 Mar 24, Chinese President
Xi Jinping visited Monaco. This was the first state visit by a
Chinese president to the principality. The palace said Monaco is
seeking to boost its trade and economic cooperation with China.
2019 Mar 24, China's President
Xi Jinping arrived in France where he had a private dinner with
Macron in the resort town of Beaulieu-sur-Mer on the French Riviera.
2019 Mar 24, Voters on the tiny
archipelago of Comoros went to the polls, with Pres. Azali Assoumani
(60) widely expected to win a new term in an election that rivals
say has been hijacked. The archipelago has had more than 20
successful or attempted power grabs since gaining independence from
France in 1975. Its first leader, Ahmed Abdallah, lasted barely a
month before being ousted.
2019 Mar 24, A Hungarian court
ordered the arrest of a 27-year-old Syrian man suspected of taking
part in beheadings in Syria as a member of Islamic State.
2019 Mar 24, Indonesia's
long-awaited first subway opened in Jakarta with the aim of
relieving crippling traffic gridlock in Southeast Asia's biggest
economy. President Joko Widodo then presided over a groundbreaking
ceremony to mark the beginning of the second phase 8-km (5-mile)
2019 Mar 24, Iraq's parliament
sacked Nineveh provincial governor Nawfel Akoub, after 100 people
died in the March 21 ferry disaster that sparked a wave of grief and
anger. Sixteen people have been arrested as part of an investigation
into the ferry capsize. 63 people were still listed as missing.
2019 Mar 24, Israeli aircraft
targeted Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip early today after
Palestinians there threw explosive devices at the border fence
2019 Mar 24, Mali's government
announced the sacking of senior military officers and the
dissolution of a militia, a day after the massacre of more than 130
Muslims, including women and children.
2019 Mar 24, In Morocco about
10,000 teachers staged a new protest in Rabat to demand permanent
jobs, hours after police had used water cannon to disperse an
2019 Mar 24, Mozambique's death
toll rose to 446 from 417. In Zimbabwe, UN agencies have given
different tolls of 259 and 154, while in Malawi 56 people died in
heavy rains ahead of Cyclone Idai.
2019 Mar 24, In New Zealand
thousands gathered in cities to protest racism and remember the 50
Muslims killed by a gunman in Christchurch and as PM Jacinda Ardern
announced a national remembrance service to be held later this week.
2019 Mar 24, Viking Ocean
Cruises said rescue helicopters took more than 475 passengers from
the Viking Sky cruise ship that got stranded off Norway's western
coast in bad weather before the vessel departed for a nearby port
under escort and with nearly 900 people still on board.
2019 Mar 24, In the Philippines
more than 10,000 motorcycle riders staged a motorcade in the main
highways of Manila to protest at new regulations forcing them to
display bigger license plates, saying the measure would not solve
the problem. President Rodrigo Duterte signed a measure into law
earlier this month requiring all licensed motorbikes to display
bigger front and rear plates to make them more visible to the
authorities and any witnesses to crimes.
2019 Mar 24, Two Russian air
force planes carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100
troops arrived in Caracas, Venezuela, amid strengthening ties
between the two countries.
2019 Mar 24, In Sri Lanka work
began on a $3.9 billion oil refinery to be funded by a
Singapore-Oman joint venture next to a Chinese-run port in what will
be Sri Lanka's largest foreign investment ever. The refinery is
expected to be up and running in 2023.
2019 Mar 24, In eastern Syria
Islamic State group jihadists emerged from tunnels to surrender to
US-backed forces in Baghouz.
2019 Mar 24, Thailand held its
first election since a 2014 military coup. Preliminary results
indicated that Thailand's military-backed party won the most votes
in the country's first election since a 2014 coup.
(AP, 3/24/19)(AP, 3/25/19)
2019 Mar 24, In Turkey
thousands of supporters of a pro-Kurdish party gathered in Istanbul
to celebrate the Kurdish New Year and to attend a campaign rally for
local elections that will test the Turkish president's popularity.
2019 Mar 24, Clashes late today
in Yemen's Hodeida left five fighters dead, despite a ceasefire
agreement between warring parties in the port city.
2020 Mar 24, Senior Pentagon
leaders said that the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak that has
hit the United States could continue for months and the military
would continue to support efforts to counter it for as long as
needed. More than 42,000 people in the United States have contracted
COVID-19, and at least 620 have died.
2020 Mar 24, Governors across
the US rejected President Donald Trump's new accelerated timeline
for reopening the US economy, as they continued to impose more
restrictions on travel and public life in an attempt to curb the
spread of the coronavirus.
2020 Mar 24, The US State
Department said it was cutting $1 billion to Afghanistan this year,
and potentially another $1 billion in 2021, after rival Afghan
leaders failed to support a unified government. It’s a condition
that US diplomats consider crucial for peace talks.
(NY Times, 3/24/20)
2020 Mar 24, The US Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS) said it had awarded $100 million
to 1,381 health centers across the nation to bolster their response
to the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Mar 24, The US Olympic and
Paralympic Committee joined growing demands to postpone the Tokyo
(NY Times, 3/24/20)
2020 Mar 24, Wall Street
bounced from three-year lows on hopes of a major fiscal stimulus to
blunt the economic damage from the coronavirus. The dollar fell
broadly, sliding for a second consecutive day after the US Federal
Reserve stepped up measures to shield an economy reeling from
emergency restrictions on commerce to fight the coronavirus. The
DJIA rose 2,2112.98, its biggest point gain in history, to 20,704.91
as Congress and the White House neared a deal to inject almost $2
trillion of aid into the economy ravaged by the coronavirus.
(AP, 3/24/20)(Reuters, 3/24/20)(SFC, 3/25/20,
2020 Mar 24, Colorado repealed
its seldom-used death penalty, becoming the 22nd state to eliminate
(NY Times, 3/24/20)
2020 Mar 24, Terrence McNally
(81), a Tony-winning playwright, librettist and screenwriter, died
in Florida from complications of the COVID-19 coronavirus. His work
included "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1993), "Love! Valour!
Compassion!" (1995) and "Master Class" (1996).
(SFC, 3/25/20, p.B3)
2020 Mar 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo
said New York state now has over 25,000 diagnosed cases of
coronavirus, including over 14,900 in New York City.
2020 Mar 24, Brazil's President
Jair Bolsonaro laid to rest a diplomatic spat with China in a call
with President Xi Jinping, with the two agreeing to work together to
fight coronavirus as Brazil's largest city went into lockdown. In a
televised speech Bolsonaro urged local governments to abandon
"scorched-earth" strategies of closing schools and shops, and
blasted the media for spreading "the sensation of fear".
(Reuters, 3/24/20)(Econ, 3/28/20, p.29)
2020 Mar 24, New York-based
Human Rights Watch said Cambodia has arrested 17 people since late
January for sharing information about the coronavirus in Cambodia,
including four members or supporters of the dissolved opposition
Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).
2020 Mar 24, Canadian banks
followed US heavyweights in offering one-time bonuses and extra paid
days off to customer-service employees who are required to work in
branches and call centers amid the coronavirus crisis.
2020 Mar 24, It was reported
that death squads in Colombia are taking advantage of coronavirus
lockdowns to murder rural activists. The virus has now claimed three
lives in Colombia amid 277 confirmed cases.
(The Guardian, 3/24/20)
2020 Mar 24, Egyptian PM
Moustafa Madbouly said Egypt will impose a two-week nightly curfew
in an effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.
2020 Mar 24, Ethiopian PM Abiy
Ahmed called on G-20 leaders to assist Africa with $150 billion in
emergency funding and write off or convert debts of low-income
2020 Mar 24, European affairs
ministers agreed to allow Albania and North Macedonia to begin EU
(SFC, 3/25/20, p.A3)
2020 Mar 24, The healthcare
unit of French industrial gases company Air Liquide said it was
ramping up production of ventilators needed by hospitals to deal
with the coronavirus outbreak. France has recorded 1,100 coronavirus
deaths and 22,302 cases.
(Reuters, 3/24/20)(AFP, 3/25/20)
2020 Mar 24, In France Manu
Dibango (86), a Cameroonian-born saxophonist, died with the
coronavirus. He had gained international fame with his 1972 song
(SFC, 3/25/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 24, In Germany Bjoern
Hoecke and Andreas Kalbitz, the leading figures of the radical Wing
faction of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, agreed to
disband. The head of the domestic intelligence agency in Thuringia
called the agreement a smoke screen.
(SFC, 3/26/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 24, German hospitals
with spare capacity welcomed their first coronavirus patients from
Italy. Germany had 27,000 confirmed coronavirus cases but only 114
2020 Mar 24, India's PM
Narendra Modi decreed that the country of 1.3 billion will go on
lockdown for 21 days.
2020 Mar 24, Iran announced 122
new deaths from the novel coronavirus, raising the official toll to
1,934 in one of the world's worst hit countries. A record 1,762 new
cases have been confirmed in Iran over the past 24 hours. 24,811
people are now known to have been infected.
2020 Mar 24, Israel appeared on
the verge of a constitutional crisis as top members of Benjamin
Netanyahu's Likud urged their party colleague and parliament speaker
to defy a Supreme Court order to hold an election for his successor.
2020 Mar 24, In Italy the death
toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in the northern region of
Lombardy rose by around 400 in a day to more than 4,175. The number
of cases in the region, which includes Milan, increased by some
1,940 to roughly 30,700. Italy suffered the most coronavirus deaths
with 6,820, out of 69,176 declared infections. This was its
second-deadliest day, dashing hopes the death toll is declining.
(Reuters, 3/24/20)(AFP, 3/24/20)(Bloomberg,
2020 Mar 24, Japan’s NHK public
television reported that PM Shinzo Abe will propose a one-year
postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC President
2020 Mar 24, Libya reported its
first case of coronavirus.
2020 Mar 24, Mozambican
immigration officers found 64 dead bodies in a shipping container on
the back of a lorry that had crossed into Mozambique from Malawi.
There were 14 survivors.
2020 Mar 24, Netherlands saw
the number of deaths rise by 63 to 276. The national tally of
confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by 17% to 5,560.
(Good Morning America, 3/25/20)
2020 Mar 24, Pakistani PM Imran
Khan announced a 1trn rupee ($7bn) support package, cutting fuel
prices and earmarking money for the poor as a national lockdown
continued due to the coronavirus pandemic.
(Econ, 3/28/20, p.36)
2020 Mar 24, Russia has so far
reported 495 cases of the coronavirus. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin
said the outbreak in the capital was much worse than official
2020 Mar 24, Sierra Leone
declared a 12-month state of emergency to help deal with the spread
of the coronavirus., despite not having a single confirmed case.
2020 Mar 24, In South Africa
coronavirus cases leapt to 554, the most of any country in Africa.
43 of Africa's 54 countries now have cases, with the total at 1,788.
Thirteen countries have reported 58 deaths.
2020 Mar 24, In South Korea
police revealed the identity of a man accused of running a range of
porn channels on a Telegram chat app. Cho Jumin (24) had charged up
to 30,000 subscribers between $200 and $1,200, most of which was
collected in bitcoin, for access to his "nth rooms".
(Econ, 3/28/20, p.34)
2020 Mar 24, Spain announced a
record daily rise of 6,584 new coronavirus infections, bringing the
overall total to 39,673. The number of deaths also jumped by a
record number of 514 to 2,696. The Defense Ministry said army troops
disinfecting nursing homes have found some residents living in
squalor among the infectious bodies of people that authorities
suspect have died from the new coronavirus. Spain's health ministry
reported 514 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
(AP, 3/24/20)(Good Morning America, 3/24/20)
2020 Mar 24, Switzerland's
Federal Office of Public Health said the country has nearly 9,000
confirmed coronavirus infections and 90 deaths.
2020 Mar 24, Thailand PM
Prayuth Chan-ocha announced that his cabinet has agreed to declare a
state of emergency to implement stricter measures to control the
spread of the novel coronavirus. The one-month state of emergency
takes effect March 26. There were just under 900 diagnosed cases of
the virus in the country.
(Good Morning America, 3/24/20)
2020 Mar 24, The UN top envoy
for Syria called for a nationwide ceasefire to allow for a better
response to the threat of the novel coronavirus. The government in
Damascus has so far only reported one case of COVID-19.
2020 Mar 24, Forces from
Yemen's Houthi movement blocked a UN-chartered ship carrying
representatives of the internationally recognized government from
leaving Hodeidah port. The UN has been holding meetings between the
warring parties on board the ship for months.
2021 Mar 24, US Pres. Joe Biden
appointed VP Kamala Harris to lead the response to the surge in
migrants at the border, with a focus on improving conditions in
Central American countries.
(NY Times, 3/25/21)
2021 Mar 24, The US Senate
voted 52-48 to confirm former Pennsylvania Health Sec. Rachel Levine
as the top assistant secretary for health, making her the highest
ranking openly transgender person to serve in the US government.
2021 Mar 24, Thirteen
Republican-leaning states, led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff
Landry, sued the Biden administration to end a suspension of new oil
and gas leases on federal land and water and to reschedule canceled
sales of leases in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska waters and western
states. Wyoming filed a its own lawsuit in federal court.
(AP, 3/24/21)(Reuters, 3/24/21)
2021 Mar 24, The top US
securities regulator adopted measures that would kick foreign
companies off American stock exchanges if they do not comply with US
auditing standards, and require them to disclose any governmental
affiliations. The Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act was
signed into law by then-President Donald Trump in December.
2021 Mar 24, California to
date had 3,625,208 cases of coronavirus and 57,423 deaths. The SF
Bay Area had 419,031 cases and 5,802 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 30,009,386 with the death toll at 545,237.
2021 Mar 24, Victor Rivera, the
former head of one of the largest homeless shelter networks in New
York City, was arrested on federal charges that he pocketed hundreds
of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from contractors working with
his organization. The announcement came less than two months after a
New York Times investigation found that he had engaged in a long
pattern of sexual abuse and financial impropriety that stretched
back almost a decade. Mr. Rivera was fired by the nonprofit last
2021 Mar 24, Actress Jessica
Walter (80), whose six-decade acting career included roles ranging
from an obsessed radio fan in Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut,
“Play Misty for Me," to the cutting, martini-swilling matriarch of
the dysfunctional Bluth family on “Arrested Development," died at
her home in Manhattan.
(NY Times, 3/25/21)
2021 Mar 24, Virginia's Gov.
Ralph S. Northam signed a bill that abolished the death penalty,
making it the first Southern state and the 23rd overall to end
capital punishment amid rising opposition to the practice.
(NY Times, 3/24/21)
2021 Mar 24, Massachusetts' top
court reversed an order requiring Facebook Inc to turn over to state
Attorney General Maura Healey records identifying apps the company
suspected had misused customer data, but the justices said she
ultimately could obtain some materials.
2021 Mar 24, The New York-based
Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said that
Germany has committed millions of dollars in extra funding to help
ensure all Holocaust survivors are able to get vaccinated against
2021 Mar 24, A federal
indictment said that Christopher D. Casamento (42), the University
of Pittsburgh’s former director of emergency management, stole more
than 13,600 face masks meant for school employees and students and
sold them online in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
2021 Mar 24, GlaxoSmithKline
said it is firing Moncef Slaoui from his position as board chair at
Galvani Bioelectronics, effective immediately, after its
investigation substantiated a complaint about his conduct toward an
employee “several years ago" when Slaoui worked for the drugmaker.
2021 Mar 24, Albania's Defense
Ministry said the US has provided 29 new Humvees to bolster the
country's military capabilities ahead of military exercises in
2021 Mar 24, President Luis
Arce said Bolivia aims to have vaccinated its adult population
against COVID-19 by October.
2021 Mar 24, Brazil topped
300,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, becoming the second country,
after the US, to do so amid a spike in infections that has seen the
South American country report record death tolls in recent days. The
health ministry reported 2,009 daily COVID-19 deaths, bringing its
pandemic total to 300,685.
2021 Mar 24, It was reported
that Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum (75), the deputy ruler of
Dubai and an internationally renowned horseman, has died.
2021 Mar 24, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel dropped plans for a five-day shutdown over Easter,
which had prompted confusion and criticism. She called the idea a
mistake and apologized to Germans.
2021 Mar 24, Chancellor Angela
Merkel's cabinet approved a debt-financed supplementary budget of 60
billion euros ($71 billion) which will lift annual new borrowing to
a record high of more than 240 billion euros this year.
2021 Mar 24, Hong Kong
suspended use of the Pfizer vaccine after its Chinese distributor
informed the city that one batch had defective bottle lids.
2021 Mar 24, Hungary's surgeon
general said the country's hospitals are under "extraordinary"
pressure from rising coronavirus infections, as the country became a
hotspot in the third wave of a pandemic that has hit Central Europe
2021 Mar 24, Health officials
said a new and potentially troublesome variant of the coronavirus
has been detected in India. The new variant found has two mutations
in the spiky protein that the virus uses to fasten itself to cells.
2021 Mar 24, Italy reported 460
coronavirus-related deaths against 551 the day before, while the
daily tally of new infections rose to 21,267 from 18,765 the day
2021 Mar 24, Japanese
automakers Toyota, Isuzu and Hino said they are setting up a
partnership in commercial vehicles to work together in electric,
hydrogen, connected and autonomous driving technologies.
(SFC, 3/25/21, p.B2)
2021 Mar 24, In Kenya five
passengers died and dozens were severely injured morning after a bus
they were traveling in ran over a roadside improvised bomb on
Lafey-Mandera road near the Kenya-Somali border in Mandera County.
(SFC, 3/25/21, p.A4)
2021 Mar 24, In Libya Mahmoud
al-Werfalli, a commander in the self-styled Libyan Arab Armed
Forces, was killed by assailants who opened fire on his car in a
busy street in Benghazi. Al-Werfalli was wanted by the ICC for his
alleged role in executing or ordering the executions of 33 captives
in the eastern city of Benghazi in 2016 and 2017.
2021 Mar 24, Myanmar's ruling
military junta released hundreds of people arrested in its crackdown
on protesters demanding a return to democratic rule. Several buses
took prisoners out of Yangon's Insein Prison. AP journalist Thein
Zaw has been released from custody in Myanmar after he was arrested
three weeks ago while covering a protest against the coup.
(Reuters, 3/24/21)(Axios, 3/24/21)
2021 Mar 24, The Philippine
military said its troops have killed at least 16 Muslim rebels
aligned with the Islamic State in a series of clashes over the past
week in Maguindanao province.
(SFC, 3/25/21, p.A4)
2021 Mar 24, Marko Cadez, the
head of Serbia's Chamber of Commerce, said his organization had
10,000 shots for business people across the region. "We are all one
region and only together we can beat this scourge," he told
2021 Mar 24, Thousands of
Spaniards lined up to get shots of AstraZeneca as the European
country became the latest to restart the vaccine whose credibility
has suffered a series of setbacks recently.
2021 Mar 24, Sweden-based
E-sports and gaming group MTG said it has agreed to buy mobile games
developer Ninja Kiwi for about 1.6 billion crowns ($186 million) to
broaden its gaming portfolio.
2021 Mar 24, The UN Security
Council criticized “the protracted political, constitutional,
humanitarian and security crises in Haiti" and again urged the
government to hold long-delayed legislative elections and prepare
for presidential elections this year.
2021 Mar 24, Zimbabwe’s Pres.
Emmerson Mnangagwa received his first shot of the Chinese Sinovac
COVID-19 vaccine, a move the government hopes will encourage more
people to seek the Chinese vaccines, which are the only ones
currently available in the country.
2022 Mar 24, The United States
and its allies ramped up pressure on Moscow over its invasion of
Ukraine, as Washington imposed fresh sanctions on dozens of Russian
defense companies, hundreds of members of its parliament and the
chief executive of the country's largest bank. Western leaders
showcased their unity with Washington seeking more military aid for
Kyiv, NATO assigning more troops to its eastern flank and London
imposing fresh sanctions against Moscow.
2022 Mar 24, US President Joe
Biden said NATO leaders agreed to bolster defenses, particularly in
Eastern Europe, and will deploy four new combat units in Slovakia,
Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary. Biden also said Russia should be removed
from the G20.
(Reuters, 3/24/22)(NY Times, 3/25/22)
2022 Mar 24, US and British
officials accused the Russian government of running a years-long
campaign to hack into critical infrastructure, including an American
nuclear plant and a Saudi oil refinery. US prosecutors said
thousands of computers in 135 countries were affected between 2012
2022 Mar 24, The US State
Department announced new sanctions on entities and individuals
located in Russia, North Korea, and China in the wake of the North
Korea's launching a long-range ballistic missile. Herman Gref, the
CEO of Sberbank, was among those added to the list.
(Fox News, 3/24/22)(Insider, 3/26/22)
2022 Mar 24, The Biden
administration said the United States plans to accept up to 100,000
Ukrainians fleeing Russia's invasion and is pledging $1 billion in
new humanitarian aid.
2022 Mar 24, The United States
and Japan announced an agreement that will allow American farmers
and ranchers to meet Japan's growing demand for US beef and lowers
the chances of Japan imposing higher tariffs in future.
2022 Mar 24, It was reported
that Ginni Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, sent Donald
Trump’s chief of staff text messages imploring him to overturn the
(NY Times, 3/24/22)
2022 Mar 24, Total US COVID-19
cases reached over 79,891,315 with the death toll at 976,028.
2022 Mar 24, Arizona's GOP
lawmakers passed three bills in party-line votes banning abortion
after 15 weeks, prohibiting transgender girls from playing on girls
sports teams, and restricting gender-affirming health care for
(SSFC, 3/27/22, p.A10)
2022 Mar 24, Gov. Ned Lamont of
Connecticut announced that his state would temporarily suspended the
25 cents per gallon excise tax — as well as fares needed to ride a
public bus — from April 1 to June 30.
(NY Times, 3/27/22)
2022 Mar 24, In Florida a boy
(14) fell to his death from the Orlando Free-Fall ride at Icon Park
in the heart of Orlando's tourist district.
(SFC, 3/26/22, p.A3)
2022 Mar 24, New York Mayor
Eric Adams said he was lifting the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate
for professional athletes and performers, allowing unvaccinated
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving to play at home and lifting a cloud
ahead of Major League Baseball's opening day.
2022 Mar 24, US Rep. Jeff
Fortenberry of Nebraska was convicted on charges that he lied to
federal authorities about an illegal $30,000 contribution to his
campaign from a foreign billionaire at a 2016 Los Angeles
2022 Mar 24, It was reported
that microplastic pollution has been detected in human blood for the
first time, with scientists finding the tiny particles in almost 80%
of the people tested.
(The Guardian, 3/24/22)
2022 Mar 24, G7 leaders warned
Russia not to use biological, chemical or nuclear weapons in its war
with Ukraine in statement released after talks in Brussels.
2022 Mar 24, The Australian
government announced that it had accepted an offer from New Zealand
to resettle some refugees it currently or formerly held in its
widely criticized system of offshore detention centers.
(NY Times, 3/24/22)
2022 Mar 24, Britain's Prince
William and his wife Kate arrived in The Bahamas for the third leg
of a Caribbean tour.
2022 Mar 24, The UK sanctioned
Polina Kovaleva (26), stepdaughter of Russian Foreign Minister
Sergey Lavrov, who owns a luxury £4 million ($5 million) property in
(Business Insider, 3/24/22)
2022 Mar 24, Britain and Canada
launched talks on a new free trade deal, as Britain's trade minister
visited her Canadian counterpart to try to deepen ties already worth
2022 Mar 24, City of London
Police said they have arrested seven people, ages 16-21, following a
series of hacks by the Lapsus$ hacking group which targeted major
firms including Okta Inc and Microsoft Corp.
2022 Mar 24, A senior British
judge has concluded that Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid
al-Maktoum, inflicted "exorbitant" domestic abuse against his
ex-wife, as he awarded Princess Haya bint al-Hussein sole
responsibility for looking after their children.
2022 Mar 24, Chief executive
Peter Hebblethwaite said P&O Ferries, a British unit of
Dubai-owned ports firm DP World, broke the law by sacking 800
seafarers last week without consulting unions.
2022 Mar 24, Bulgaria's
parliament scrapped a 'golden passports' scheme that allowed wealthy
foreigners to buy citizenship in the European Union country if they
invested as little as 1 million levs ($562,366). More than 100
foreigners, mainly from Russia, China and the Middle East, had
obtained a passport since 2013 that enabled them access to all EU
countries by dint of Bulgaria's membership in the bloc. Bulgaria's
security agency will look into citizenships already granted to check
if there are grounds for their revocation.
2022 Mar 24, China's Foreign
Minister Wang Yi arrived in India for talks with his Indian
counterpart, the highest-level visit by a Chinese official to the
country since border clashes soured relations two years ago.
2022 Mar 24, In China locally
transmitted asymptomatic infections in Shanghai, a city of 26
million, surged to a record 1,582, up from 979 a day earlier, but
just 29 new symptomatic cases were recorded, up from 4.
2022 Mar 24, Colombia said it
will receive two loans totaling $830 million from the World Bank to
fund COVID-19 pandemic recovery and education efforts.
2022 Mar 24, Leaders of
Ecuadorean indigenous communities gathered in Quito to demand the
government comply with court orders to halt the use of hundreds of
gas flares by oil producers in the country's Amazon.
2022 Mar 24, Ethiopia's
government declared an immediate, unilateral truce in its conflict
with rebellious Tigrayan forces to allow aid into the war-ravaged
northern province. Rebellious Tigrayan forces said they will respect
the ceasefire proposed by PM Abiy Ahmed's government, as long as
sufficient aid is delivered to their region "within reasonable
(Reuters, 3/24/22)(Reuters, 3/25/22)
2022 Mar 24, Ghana's finance
minister announced sweeping spending cuts to reduce the deficit,
contain rising inflation and slow the cedi's slide. The country
faced a looming debt crisis.
2022 Mar 24, The court of the
West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) ordered the
suspension of the eight-nation body's sanctions against Mali,
imposed in January after the junta delayed elections.
2022 Mar 24, An army spokesman
said Myanmar's military did not commit genocide against minority
Rohingya Muslims during 2017 operations in Rakhine state, but crimes
may have been committed by personnel on an individual level.
2022 Mar 24, Human rights
investigators said Myanmar's junta chief created a special command a
day after last year's coup that was solely responsible for
deployment and operations of troops in urban areas, and authorized
lethal attacks on unarmed civilians.
2022 Mar 24, North Korea
conducted what is thought to be its largest intercontinental
ballistic missile (ICBM) test ever. The ICBM launch prompted South
Korea to test-fire a volley of its own, smaller ballistic and
air-to-ground missiles to demonstrate it has the "capability and
readiness" to precisely strike missile launch sites, command and
support facilities, and other targets in North Korea if necessary.
2022 Mar 24, Poland said it is
abolishing practically all COVID-19 restrictions as of March 28.
Staff and patients in medical facilities will still need to wear
(SFC, 3/25/22, p.A5)
2022 Mar 24, Russia accused
Poland of trying to destroy bilateral relations by expelling 45 of
its diplomats, and said it would respond harshly.
2022 Mar 24, Russia's stock
market opened for the first time in a month as investors took part
in a highly restricted trading session. Foreign investors were not
allowed to sell shares under new rules that ban brokers from
executing sales on their behalf.
(NY Times, 3/24/22)
2022 Mar 24, Russia's top
shipping company Sovcomflot (SCF), already struggling to find berths
to discharge cargoes, faced fresh pressure after the UK today joined
countries that have slapped sanctions on it, with implications for
insurance and certification.
2022 Mar 24, Singapore said it
will lift quarantine requirements for all vaccinated travelers from
next month, joining a string of countries in Asia moving more firmly
toward a "living with the virus" approach.
2022 Mar 24, A Solomon Islands
officials said the government has signed a policing deal with China
and will send a proposal for a broader security agreement covering
the military to its cabinet for consideration.
2022 Mar 24, The World Bank
said it has issued the world's first wildlife conservation bond,
raising $150 million to help efforts to increase the endangered
black rhino population in South Africa.
2022 Mar 24, Sudanese riot
police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters who were rallying
in Khartoum against the country’s military rulers and demanding an
immediate handover of power to civilians. One protester was shot and
killed in the city of Madani.
(AP, 3/24/22)(Reuters, 3/24/22)
2022 Mar 24, In Switzerland
three adults and a child died after falling from a balcony in
Montreux. Officers had tried to execute a warrant in connection with
the home-schooling of a child shortly before the incident. A
teenager was seriously injured in the fall.
(SFC, 3/25/22, p.A4)
2022 Mar 24, Ukraine's Pres.
Zelensky, In a fresh call to NATO, asked again for a no-fly zone
over Ukraine and said his Western allies had not provided him with
(Yahoo News, 3/24/22)
2022 Mar 24, Ukraine said it
had destroyed a large Russian landing support ship, the Orsk, at the
Russian-occupied port of Berdiansk on the Sea of Azov. The ship was
said to be capable of carrying 45 armored personnel carriers and 400
2022 Mar 24, Almost
three-quarters of the UN General Assembly demanded aid access and
civilian protection in Ukraine, and criticized Russia for creating a
"dire" humanitarian situation after Moscow invaded its neighbor one
month ago. The resolution received 140 votes in favor and five votes
against (Russia, Syria, North Korean, Eritrea and Belarus), while 38
countries, including China, abstained.
2022 Mar 24, The International
Monetary Fund welcomed Zimbabwe's steps towards economic recovery
and engaging with its creditors, but said more needs to be done
following mixed implementation of its past advice.