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809        Mar 24, Harun al-Rashid (Arabic for The Rightly Guided), caliph of the Abbasid empire (786-809), died at age 44. His reign is immortalized in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights. His work included the construction of a House of Wisdom in Baghdad.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harun_al-Rashid)(WSJ, 2/8/06, p.D12)

1208        Mar 24, King John of England opposed Innocent III on his nomination for archbishop of Canterbury.
    (HN, 3/24/99)

1285        Mar 24, Lithuanian Grand Duke Daumantas (1281-1285) died.
    (LHC, 3/24/03)

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."
    (WSJ, 4/16/97, p.A13)(WSJ, 2/4/06, p.P9)(Reuters, 2/16/12)

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]
    (HN, 3/24/99)

1693        Mar 24, John Harrison (d.1776), Englishman who invented the chronometer, was born.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Harrison)

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, 1720].
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R8)(HN, 3/24/99)(WSJ, 7/19/00, p.B4)

1721        Mar 24, In Germany, the supremely talented Johann Sebastian Bach published the Six Brandenburg Concertos.
    (HN, 3/24/99)

1755        Mar 24, Rufus King, framer of the U.S. Constitution, was born.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

1765        Mar 24, Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to 10,000 British soldiers in public and private buildings.
    (AP, 3/23/97) (HN, 3/24/98)
1765        Mar 24, Austrian Empress Maria Theresa issued a decree to establish a School for Healing Animal Diseases.
    (StuAus, April '95, p.23)

1794        Mar 24, In Cracow a revolutionary manifesto was proclaimed. The Lithuanian and Polish nobility under the leadership of Tadas Kasciuska revolted against Russian control.
    (H of L, 1931, p. 81-82)(LHC, 3/23/03)

1801        Mar 24, Aleksandr P. Romanov became emperor of Russia.
    (MC, 3/24/02)

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.
    (MC, 3/24/02)
1832        Mar 24, The British Reform Act passed the House of Commons under the Whig government. It introduced the first changes to electoral franchise legislation in almost one hundred and fifty years. On June 4 it passed the House of Lords and on June 7 received Royal Assent.
    (www.historyhome.co.uk/peel/refact/campaign.htm)(Econ, 6/30/07, p.93)

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.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

1837        Mar 24, Canada gave blacks the right to vote.
    (http://www.bccns.com/d250/history.html)

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 from 1848–1851.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Schleswig_War)

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.
    (Econ, 5/12/12, p.86)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Wolfgang_D%C3%B6bereiner)

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.
    (HN, 3/24/00)
1855        Mar 24, Manhattan, Kansas, was founded as New Boston, Kansas.
    (MC, 3/24/02)

1862        Mar 24, Abolitionist Wendell Phillips spoke to a crowd about emancipation in Cincinnati, Ohio and was pelted by eggs.
    (HN, 3/24/00)

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 death.
    (WSJ, 11/7/02, p.D8)(http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Walter_Bagehot)

1882        Mar 24, German scientist Robert Koch announced in Berlin that he had discovered the bacillus responsible for tuberculosis.
    (AP, 3/23/97)
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."
    (WSJ, 10/31/00, p.A24)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Wadsworth_Longfellow)

1883        Mar 24, Long-distance telephone service was inaugurated between Chicago and New York. [see Mar 27, 1884]    
    (AP, 3/23/97)

1886        Mar 24, Edward Weston, photographer, was born.
    (HN, 3/24/01)

1893        Mar 24, George Sisler, baseball player, was born.
    (HN, 3/24/01)

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.
    (www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/corporate/aboutul/history/)

1895        Mar 24, Arthur Murray, American dancer, was born.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

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."
    (WUD, 1994, p.1209)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Reich)

1898        Mar 24, The 1st automobile was sold.
    (MC, 3/24/02)

1900        Mar 24, Mayor Van Wyck of New York broke ground for the New York subway tunnel that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

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.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

1905        Mar 24, Jules Verne (b.1828), French sci-fi author (Around the World in 80 Days), died in Amiens.
    (www.kirjasto.sci.fi/verne.htm)

1906        Mar 24, "Census of the British Empire" showed England ruled 1/5 of the world.
    (MC, 3/24/02)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Millington_Synge)

1911        Mar 24, Penal code reform abolished corporal punishment in Denmark.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

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.
    (www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/parton/2/johngold.html)

1919        Mar 24, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 'beat' poet, was born. [see Mar 1]
    (HN, 3/24/01)

1922        Mar 24, The Polish parliament endorsed the transfer of the Vilnius area to Lithuania.
    (LHC, 3/23/03)

1923        Mar 24, Edna Jo Hunter, expert on military families and prisoners of war, was born.
    (MC, 3/24/02)

1924        Mar 24, Greece became a republic.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

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 goals.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

1930        Mar 24, Steve McQueen, actor (Wanted, Dead or Alive, Blob, Bullitt), was born in Slater, Mo.
    (MC, 3/24/02)
1930        Mar 24, The U.S. Senate passed a bill increasing tariffs.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

1932        Mar 24, A New York radio station (WABC) broadcast a variety program from a moving train in Maryland.
    (AP, 3/23/97)

1934        Mar 24, President Roosevelt signed a bill granting future independence to the Philippines.
    (AP, 3/23/97)
1934        Mar 24, San Francisco’s 103-foot Mount Davidson Cross was illuminated by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt via an electrical impulse telegraphed to turn on floodlights at the base. It was created by architect George Kelham. This was the 5th crsoss created at this site. The first was erected in 1923 as a memorial to the veterans of WW I.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Davidson_%28California%29)(SFC, 8/21/96, p.A1,11)(SFC, 4/24/98, p.A17)(SFC, 1/5/00, p.A18)(SFC, 8/14/13, p.D5)

1937        Mar 24, A bus blew a tire, went out of control and 18 people were killed in Salem, Illinois.
    (MC, 3/24/02)

1938        Mar 24, The U.S. asked that all powers help refugees fleeing from the Nazis.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

1941        Mar 24, Joseph H. Taylor, Jr., radio astronomer and physicist, was born.
    (HN, 3/24/01)
1941        Mar 24, German troops occupied El Agheila, Libya.
    (MC, 3/24/02)

1944        Mar 24, 76 Allied officers escaped Stalag Luft 3. In 1949 Paul Brickall authored "The Great Escape." The story of Jackson Barrett Mahon (d.1999 at 78), an American fighter pilot, and the Allied POW escape from Stalag Luft III in Germany during WW II. The 1963 film "The Great Escape" starred Steve McQueen, was directed by John Sturges and was based on the true story. In 1999 Arthur A. Durand published Stalag Luft III: The Secret Story." When the Russian Army closed in tens of thousands of POWs were marched 240 miles south to a new camp and thousands died in the "Black March."
    (TVM, 1975, p.222)(SFC, 8/11/99, p.C5)(SFC, 12/23/99, p.A27)(SFEC, 1/2/00, BR p.1)(SFC, 1/22/03, p.A19)(www.b24.net/pow/greatescape.htm)
1944        Mar 24, 811 British bombers attacked Berlin.
    (MC, 3/24/02)
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 [33] 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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orde_Wingate)

1945        Mar 24, Gens. Eisenhower, Montgomery and Bradley discussed advance in Germany.
    (MC, 3/24/02)
1945        Mar 24, Largest one-day airborne drop: 600 transports and 1300 gliders.
    (MC, 3/24/02)
1945        Mar 24, Operation Varsity: British, US and Canadian airborne landings east of Rhine.
    (MC, 3/24/02)
1945        Mar 24, Egypt declared war on Germany.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

1947        Mar 24, Congress proposed the limitation of the presidency to two terms.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

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 Huston.
    (AP, 3/24/99)

1951        Mar 24, MacArthur threatened the Chinese with an extension of the Korean War if the proposed truce was not accepted.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

1952        Mar 24, Great demonstrations took place against apartheid in South Africa.
    (MC, 3/24/02)

1953        Mar 24, Mary (85), queen of Great Britain and North Ireland, died.
    (MC, 3/24/02)

1954        Mar 24, Britain opened trade talks with Hungary.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

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.
    (MC, 3/24/02)

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.
    (AP, 3/23/08)

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 not obscene.
    (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 soon enough.
    (www.ringsidereport.com/vitotrabucco972004.htm)(SFC, 4/20/05, p.E1)

1964        Mar 24, The first Kennedy half-dollar was issued.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennedy_half_dollar)

1965        Mar 24, The Univ. of Michigan held the 1st "Teach-in" on the Vietnam war.
    (http://library.thinkquest.org/C0129380/events/antiwar.html)
1965        Mar 24, US Ranger 9 struck the Moon, 10 miles (16 km) NE of crater Alphonsus.
    (MC, 3/24/02)
1965        Mar 24, Chivu Stoica (1908-1975), former Romanian prime minister (1955-1961), became President of the Council State of Romania.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chivu_Stoica)

1966        Mar 24, Selective Service announced college deferments based on performance.
    (MC, 3/24/02)

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.
    (www.willpete.com/history2nd94th.htm)

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 power.
    (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."
    (www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/vietnam/index-1969.html)
1972        Mar 24, Great Britain imposed direct rule over Northern Ireland. The province’s parliament was suspended at the height of sectarian violence.
    (HN, 3/24/98)(SFC, 4/11/98, p.A1)

1976        Mar 24, In Argentina the military overthrew the government of Isabel Peron. Gen. Jorge Rafael Videla led the military coup. Jose Siderman, a Jewish businessman, was forced with death threats to leave the country. He filed suit in the US in 1982 in the first trial of a foreign government for human-rights abuses and won a default settlement. Argentina won a reversal in an appeals court but in 1996 Argentina dropped opposition to the suit.
     (SFC, 9/14/96, p.A9)(AP, 3/23/97)(SFC, 6/10/98, p.A10)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emilio_Eduardo_Massera)(WSJ, 11/25/98, 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 murdering.
    (AP, 8/29/08)
1976        Mar 24, The coup in Argentina was triggered in part by the the violence of the Montoneros, a leftist-nationalist guerrilla group.
    (Econ, 9/13/14, p.43)
1976        Mar 24, Bernard Law Montgomery (b.1887), British general, defeated Rommel, died.
    (HC, 10/10/98)(www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/montgomery_bernard.shtml)

1977        Mar 24, Morarji Desai, head of the Janata Party, became prime minister of India.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_Minister_of_India)

1980        Mar 24, ABC's nightly Iran Hostage crisis program was renamed "Nightline."
    (www.imdb.com/title/tt0154053/)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Tuberculosis_Day)
1982        Mar 24, In Bangladesh Hussein Mohammed Ershad overthrew Justice Abdus Sattar and seized power in a bloodless coup.
    (SFC,11/27/97, p.B5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begum_Khaleda_Zia)
1982        Mar 24, In Mexico a fire burned down the National Film Archive.
    (www.ejumpcut.org/archive/onlinessays/JC29folder/MexFilmBook.html)

1985        Mar 24, Thousands demonstrated in Madrid against the NATO presence in Spain.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

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.
    (AP, 3/21/11)

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.
    (AP, 3/23/97)

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.
    (AP, 3/24/98)

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 Sound.
    (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 arrested.
    (AP, 3/24/00)

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.
    (AP, 3/24/01)
1991        Mar 24, In liberated Kuwait, banks reopened for the first time since Iraqi troops had shut them down the previous December.
    (AP, 3/24/01)

1992        Mar 24, Democrat Jerry Brown upset front-runner Bill Clinton in the Connecticut presidential primary.
    (AP, 3/24/97)
1992        Mar 24, The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off with seven astronauts on the first shuttle mission devoted to the environment.
    (AP, 3/24/97)

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.
    (AP, 3/24/03)
1993        Mar 24, Ezer Weizman was elected Israel's seventh president.
    (AP, 3/24/98)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/03)

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 deal.
    (AP, 3/24/99)

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."
    (AP, 3/24/00)
1995        Mar 24, For the first time in 20 years, no British soldiers were patrolling the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
    (AP, 3/24/00)
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 Kingdom."
    (WSJ, 5/6/08, p.D7)(www.iias.nl/iiasn/iiasn5/eastasia/needham.html)

1996        Mar 24, NASA astronaut Shannon Lucid transferred from the space shuttle Atlantis to the Russian space station Mir, beginning a five-month stay.
    (AP, 3/23/97)
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.    
    (AP, 3/23/97)

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 "Fargo."
    (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 Boeing.
    (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, p.C3)(Reuters, 6/3/08)
1997        Mar 24, In Zaire Mobutu accepted the parliamentary vote of censure of prime minister Kengo wa Dondo.
    (SFC, 3/25/97, p.A12)

1998        Mar 24, The Clinton administration announced a $56 million food and medical supply donation to Indonesia.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.C14)
1998        Mar 24, In Jonesboro, Ark., 2 boys, Mitchell Johnson (13) and Andrew Golden (11), opened fire on a group of schoolchildren and killed four girls and one teacher and wounded 11 others. The older boy was angry at a girl who had broken up with him. Golden had stolen 7 guns from his grandfather. The boys were remanded to the Division of Youth Services until their 18th birthdays. Federal prosecutors used weapons laws to keep the boys locked up until age 21. Mitchell Johnson was due to be released in 2005.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.A1)(SFC, 3/26/98, p.A1)(SFC, 8/12/98, p.A3)(AP, 8/12/05)
1998        Mar 24, In California the Oakland City Council voted to adopt a Jobs and Living Wage Ordnance that mandated businesses contracting with the city to pay workers at least $8 an hour with benefits or $9.25 without benefits. It was the 17th city nationwide to adopt such an ordnance.
    (SFC, 3/26/98, p.A21)
1998        Mar 24, The UN announced a pullout from Afghanistan after the governor of Kandahar slapped the face of a UN employee.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.C14)
1998        Mar 24, In Columbia leftist guerrillas killed at least 9 people, wounded 14 and took 20 hostages when they blocked a major highway 30 miles south of Bogota.
    (WSJ, 3/25/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 24, In India a tornado killed 105 people and some 500 were missing. At least 80 died in the Midnapore district of West Bengal state and some 1,100 were injured. At least 200 people were killed and thousands injured from a tornado in West Bengal and Orissa states.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.C3)(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A5)
1998        Mar 24, In Indonesia a plan to service its $74 billion foreign debt was being modeled on the Mexican debt program of the 1980s. Some 4 million construction and manufacturing jobs were already lost due to the crises.
    (WSJ, 3/25/98, p.A18)
1998        Mar 24, In Kosovo Albanian separatists ambushed a police patrol and one policeman was killed.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.A10)
1998        Mar 24, In Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister Apas Dzhumagulov (63) resigned due to age and said new forces were needed for reform. He was expected to be appointed as an ambassador.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.C14)
1998        Mar 24, In South Korea the government fired two-thirds of the senior officials at its spy agency in a move to get the agency out of domestic politics.
    (WSJ, 3/25/98, p.A1)
1998        Mar 24, In Ukraine Vasyl Koryak, mayor of Lubny in central Poltava, was badly wounded when gunmen opened fire on his car.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.A11)

1999        Mar 24, The US Supreme Court ruled to uphold an 1837 treaty with the Chippewa Indians for hunting and fishing on 13 million acres of public land in Minnesota.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.A8)
1999        Mar 24, The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that Boeing 737 rudder problems caused two fatal airline crashes and nearly triggered a third.
    (AP, 3/24/00)
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, 7/28/05, p.A1)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/01)
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 bronze.
    (AP, 3/24/02)
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 Korea.
    (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 were blamed.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/24/03)
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 negotiators.
    (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 Gepard (Cheetah).
    (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, 5/4/03, p.C2)
2003        Mar 24, The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that Boeing 737 rudder problems caused two fatal airline crashes and nearly triggered a third.
    (AP, 3/24/04)
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 conditions.
    (AP, 3/25/03)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/03)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/03)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/04)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/03)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/03)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/03)
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 Djindjic.
    (AP, 3/25/03)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/03)

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.
    (AP, 3/24/05)
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 scramjet.
    (SSFC, 3/28/04, p.A3)(Econ, 3/27/04, p.80)(SFC, 11/10/04, p.A2)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/04)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/04)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/04)
2004        Mar 24, In India's northeast Assam state heavily armed separatist militants killed 21 villagers from a rival ethnic group in three attacks.
    (AP, 3/24/04)
2004        Mar 24, In Iraq a gun battle with insurgents killed one American soldier and three rebels.
    (AP, 3/25/04)
2004        Mar 24, Insurgents bombed an oil well in northern Iraq, sparking a fire that raged for 24 hours before being extinguished.
    (AP, 3/26/04)
2004        Mar 24, In the Ivory Coast about a dozen people were killed during a massive protest march.
    (AP, 3/25/04)

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.
    (AP, 3/24/05)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
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 prosecution.
    (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 regular peso.
    (AP, 3/24/05)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/05)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/05)
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 of Rabia.
    (AP, 3/24/05)
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 of Baghdad.
    (AP, 3/25/05)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/05)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/24/05)
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, p.38)
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 governance.
    (AP, 3/26/05)

2006        Mar 24, Thousands of people across the US protested against legislation cracking down on illegal immigrants.
    (AP, 3/24/07)
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 2003 invasion.
    (AP, 3/25/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/07)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Winkler)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
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 century.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 24, Officials said Bulgaria and the US have reached an agreement allowing the US military to use several military bases in Bulgaria.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
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 Middle Earth.
    (Reuters, 3/27/06)
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 visas.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
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 takeover offer.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
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 nuclear-armed nations.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
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 considered.
    (AFP, 3/26/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
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 successor.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
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 Afghan border.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/06)
2006        Mar 24-2006 Mar 25, In southeastern Turkey government troops killed 14 Kurdish guerrillas near the hamlet of Senyayla.
    (AP, 3/26/06)

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 wounded.
    (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.   
    (Econ, 3/24/07, p.48)
2007        Mar 24, The UN Security Council unanimously voted to impose additional sanctions against Iran for its refusal to stop enriching uranium, a move intended to show Tehran that defiance will leave it increasingly isolated.
    (AP, 3/25/07)
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 province.
    (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 second.
    (AP, 3/24/08)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/07)
2007        Mar 24, Russian authorities broke up a demonstration against the government in Nizhny Novgorod, detaining hundreds of activists.
    (AP, 3/24/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/07)
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 for sale.
    (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 actor.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/24/08)
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.
    (Econ, 4/5/08, p.90)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Aspinall)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/08)
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.
    (www.prospect-magazine.co.uk/article_details.php?id=10635)(Econ, 5/2/09, p.47)
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 bilateral accords.
    (AFP, 3/25/08)
2008        Mar 24, A car bomb exploded outside a bank in southern Russia's violence-plagued Ingushetia region, wounding at least five people.
    (AP, 3/24/08)
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 Lebanon.
    (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 from Seoul.
    (AP, 3/24/08)
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."
    (AP, 5/21/08)(http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafael_Azcona)
2008        Mar 24, An exiled Tibetan leader said 2 weeks of protests against China's rule of Tibet have left about 130 people dead.
    (AP, 3/24/08)

2009        Mar 24, Pres. Obama in his 2nd prime time news conference made the case for his $3.6 trillion budget plan.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/24/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/31/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/09)
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 open.
    (AP, 3/24/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/31/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/09)
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 scandal.
    (AP, 3/24/09)
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 traffickers.
    (AP, 3/25/09)
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.
    (AFP, 3/24/09)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/09)

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 business associates.
    (AP, 3/25/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/10)
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."
    (www.popeater.com/2010/03/24/robert-culp-dead-i-spy/?ncid=webmaildl2)
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 Khost province.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/24/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/10)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/10)
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."
    (AP, 3/25/10)
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 own.
    (AP, 3/24/10)
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.
    (http://news.scotsman.com/world/Strip-shows-offlimits-in-.6178649.jp)
2010        Mar 24, Indonesian police ordered the cancellation of a conference of Asian gay activists, saying it could prompt violent protests by conservative Muslim groups.
    (AP, 3/24/10)
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 area.
    (AP, 3/24/10)
2010        Mar 24, Japan’s government passed a 92 trillion yen budget for the fiscal year beginning April 1.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/24/10)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/24/10)
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 each month.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/24/10)
2010        Mar 24, Most of Nigeria was shrouded in a thick dust storm, disrupting air travel and threatening to trigger respiratory problems.
    (AFP, 3/24/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/10)
2010        Mar 24, Pakistani security forces backed by jets pounded militant hide-outs near the Afghan border, killing 23 suspected Islamist insurgents.
    (AP, 3/24/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/10)
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 police.
    (AP, 3/24/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/10)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/10)

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 on Broadway.
    (www.ibdb.com/production.php?id=488721)
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 deficit.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/24/11)
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 Turkey.
    (AP, 3/24/11)
2011        Mar 24, French airstrikes hit an air base deep inside Libya and NATO ships patrolled the coast to block arms and mercenaries from flowing in to help Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Other coalition bombers struck artillery, tanks and parked helicopters. NATO envoys decided to maintain the no-fly patrols as authorized by a UN Security Council resolution last week.
    (AP, 3/24/11)(AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 24, Israeli aircraft struck the Gaza Strip in response to militant rocket and mortar attacks, stoking concerns that a grave new round of hostilities will fill the vacuum left by an impasse in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. At least 10 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 3/24/11)(SFC, 3/25/11, p.A3)
2011        Mar 24, Eyad Abuarga, an Palestinian-born Australian information technology expert, was detained in Israel over alleged links to Hamas.
    (AFP, 5/29/11)(http://tinyurl.com/4xfnexu)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/11)
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, 3/26/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/11)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/11)
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.
    (AFP, 3/24/11)
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 June.
    (AP, 3/25/12)
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.
    (www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAd72Gkfd4k)
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.
    (AFP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 24, In West Virginia a fire at a home in Charleston left 8 people dead including 6 children. A another child died due to burns the next day.
    (SFC, 3/26/12, p.A4)
2012        Mar 24, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb detonated by remote control killed five people, including a former Afghan senator and tribal leader who worked to foster peace and development. In the east a NATO service member died as a result of a non-battle related injury. Eight Afghan security personnel and a foreign soldier were among 10 people killed in a Taliban-style roadside bombing in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 3/24/12)(AFP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 24, Chechnya's first lady, Medni Kadyrova, displayed her Islamic fashion collection to a captivated audience in Dubai, faithful to the politics of her husband who has sought to impose Islamic dress codes in the Caucasus republic.
    (AP, 3/25/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/25/12)
2012        Mar 24, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari arrived in Tajikistan for regional security talks with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
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.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
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.
    (AFP, 3/25/12)

2013        Mar 24, Central African Republic's President Francois Bozize fled the capital, hours after hundreds of armed rebels threatening to overthrow him invaded Bangui.
    (AP, 3/24/13)
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 in Doha..
    (AP, 3/24/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/13)
2013        Mar 24, A senior Palestinian official rejected the idea of a partial Israeli settlement freeze as a way of restarting peace talks.
    (AP, 3/24/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/13)
2013        Mar 24, In Somalia 2 gunmen in Mogadishu shot and killed Rahmo Abdulqadir Farah, a female Somali journalist.
    (AP, 3/25/13)
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 whales.
    (AP, 3/24/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/13)

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