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What Happened On This Day In History?
Saturday, March 24th 2018
Today is the 83rd day of 2018. There are 282 days left in this year.
Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.
German scientist Robert Koch announced in Berlin that he had discovered the bacillus responsible for tuberculosis.
Long-distance telephone service was inaugurated between Chicago and New York City.
President Roosevelt signed a bill granting future independence to the Philippines.
In occupied Rome, the Nazis executed more than 300 civilians in reprisal for an attack by Italian partisans the day before that killed 32 German soldiers.
The Tennessee Williams play ''Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'' opened on Broadway.
Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army in Memphis, Tenn.
The president of Argentina, Isabel Peron, was deposed by her country's military. AP correspondent William Long reports on the coup.
One of El Salvador's most respected Roman Catholic Church leaders, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, was shot to death by gunmen as he celebrated Mass in San Salvador.
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 r
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 House of Representatives passed 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.''
A 13-year-old boy and his 11-year-old cousin opened fire outside their school in Jonesboro, Ark., killing four students and a teacher and injuring 10.
On March 24, 1999, NATO launched airstrikes against Yugoslavia, marking the first time in its 50-year existence that it had ever attacked a sovereign country. President Clinton announces the strikes in address to the nation.
Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz) was a Hungarian-born American magician and escapologist, stunt performer, actor and film producer noted for his sensational escape acts. He was also a skeptic who exposed frauds purporting to be supernatural phenomena.