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This Day in History for March 24

This Day In History1629 – 1st game law passed in American colonies by Virginia.

1664 – Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island.

1832 – Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred & feathered in Ohio.

1883 – 1st telephone call between New York & Chicago.

1900 – New York City Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground “Rapid Transit Railroad” that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.

1920 – 1st US coast guard air station established (Morehead City, NC).

1935 – Major Bowes’ Original Amateur Hour goes national on NBC Radio Network.

1941 – Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox.

1947 – Congress proposes 2-term limitation on the presidency.

1947 – John D. Rockefeller, Jr. donates NYC East River site to the UN.

1955 – 1st seagoing oil drill rig placed in service.

1958 – Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)

1961 – NY Senate approves $55M for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows.

1968 – Mickey Wright wins Port Malabar Golf Invitational.

1974 – 38th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: NC State beats Marquette 76-64.

1981 – “Nighttime with Ted Koppel” premieres on ABC.

1989 – Worst US oil spill, Exxon’s Valdez spills 11.3 million gallons off Alaska.

1998 – Jonesboro massacre: Two students, ages 11 and 13, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people are dead and ten are wounded.

2002 – 74th Academy Awards: “A Beautiful Mind”, Denzel Washington & Halle Berry (first woman of color) win.

2017 – US President Donald Trump and Republican party forced to pull their attempt to repeal Obamacare after internal opposition.

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