THIS DAY IN HISTORY 24/03


This day in #history 24/03

MARCH 24TH

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1924 – Greece becomes a republic

1930 – Planet Pluto named

1941 – British troops defeat British Somalia

1941 – German troops occupy El Agheila Libya

1952 – Great demonstrations against apartheid in South-Africa

1959 – The Party of the African Federation (PFA) is launched by Léopold Sédar Senghor and Modibo Keita.

1972 – Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland

1999 – Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.

2008 – Bhutan officially becomes a democracy, with its first ever general election.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

1733 – Joseph Priestley, England, Birstall England, clergyman/scientist (discovered oxygen)

1834 – John Wesley Powell, US, geologist/explorer/ethnologist

1866 – Jack McAuliffe, US lightweight boxing champ, hall of famer

1874 – Harry Houdini, [Erich Weiss], Budapest, magician/escape artist

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1912 – Dorothy Irene Height, president (national council of negro women, Richmond, Virginia, American civil rights and women’s rights activist

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1947 – Alan Sugar, English multi-millionaire/computer manufacturer (Amstrad)

1965 – The Undertaker, American professional wrestler

1976 – Aliou Cissé, Senegalese footballer

FAMOUS DEATHS

1603 – Elizabeth I Tudor, [Virgin Queen], of England and Ireland (1558-1603), dies at 69

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1969 – Joseph Kasavubu, president Congo (1960-65), dies at about 55

1994 – Edith Porada, art historian/archaeologist, dies at 81

FAMOUS WEDDING

1952 – Author of ‘James Bond’ novels, journalist and secret intelligence agent Ian Fleming marries Anne Geraldine Charteris

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