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This Day in History for March 24

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

1883 – 1st telephone call between NY & 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)

1934 – U.S. Congress passes the Tydings-McDuffie Act, declaring the Philippines independent after a period of 10 years.

1937 – National Gallery of Art established by Congress.

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

1942 – US government begins moving native-born citizens with Japanese ancestry into detention centers under Executive Order 9066,with intention of preventing home-grown espionage.

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

1956 – Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” opens for 694 performances.

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

1962 – 24th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Cincinnati beats Ohio State, 71-59: Bearcats win back to back National titles.

1966 – Selective Service announces college deferments based on performance.

1974 – 36th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: North Carolina State beats Marquette, 76-64; Wolfpack first title officially designated as a Division 1 championship.

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

1986 – US & Libya clash in Gulf of Sidra.

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

1994 – F-16 collides with C-130 Hercules above AFB in North Carolina, 120 die.

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

2019 – Investigation headed by Special Council Robert S. Mueller finds no evidence President Trump colluded with Russia in 2016 election.

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