Today in History: March 24

Today in History: March 24

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1208

King John of England opposes Innocent III on his nomination for archbishop of Canterbury.

1603

Queen Elizabeth I dies which will bring into power James VI of Scotland.

1663

Charles II of England awards land known as Carolina in North America to eight members of the nobility who assisted in his restoration.

1664

In London, Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island.

1720

The banking houses of Paris close in the wake of financial crisis.

1721

In Germany, the supremely talented Johann Sebastian Bach publishes the Six Brandenburg Concertos.

1765

Britain passes the Quartering Act, requiring the colonies to house 10,000 British troops in public and private buildings.

1862

Abolitionist Wendell Phillips speaks to a crowd about emancipation in Cincinnati, Ohio and is pelted by eggs.

1900

Mayor Van Wyck of New York breaks ground for the New York subway tunnel that will link Manhattan and Brooklyn.

1904

Vice Admiral Togo sinks seven Russian ships as the Japanese strengthen their blockade of Port Arthur.

1927

Chinese Communists seize Nanking and break with Chiang Kai-shek over the Nationalist goals.

1938

The United States asks that all powers help refugees fleeing from the Nazis.

1944

The Gestapo rounds up innocent Italians in Rome and shoots them to death in reprisal for a bomb attack that killed 33 German policemen.

1947

Congress proposes limiting the United States presidency to two terms.

1951

General Douglas MacArthur threatens the Chinese with an extension of the Korean War if the proposed truce is not accepted.

1954

Great Britain opens trade talks with Hungary.

1955

Tennessee Williams' play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens at the Morosco Theatre in New York City.

1958

Elvis Presley trades in his guitar for a rifle and Army fatigues.

1965

The Freedom Marchers, citizens for civil rights, reach Montgomery, Alabama.

1967

Viet Cong ambush a truck convoy in South Vietnam damaging 82 of the 121 trucks.

1972

Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland.

1985

Thousands demonstrate in Madrid against the NATO presence in Spain.

1989

The Exxon Valdez oil tanker spills 240,000 barrels of oil in Alaska's Prince William Sound.

1999

NATO planes, including stealth aircraft, attack Serbian forces in Kosovo.