March 24th

2012
Former Vice President Dick Cheney underwent a heart transplant at a Virginia hospital.
Dick Cheney
2005
The U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal from the parents of Terri Schiavo to have a feeding tube reinserted into the severely brain-damaged woman.
Tom DeLay
2004
The notorious Bird family's more than half-century stronghold on the nation of Antigua and Barbuda came to an end when Baldwin Spencer won the post of prime minister in the general election.
Colony of Virginia
2002
Halle Berry became the first African-American actress to win a best actress Oscar and Denzel Washington became the second African-American actor to get the best actor award.
Halle Berry
2001
Apple Computer Inc.'s operating system Mac OS X went on sale.
Macintosh
1999
For the first time in its history, NATO attacks a sovereign country. The military alliance bombed Yugoslavia during the Kosovo War - without a UN mandate.
1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia
1998
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.
1989
Oil tanker Exxon Valdez runs aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The mishap resulted in one of the most devastating environmental disasters in history, killing up to 250,000 seabirds and other wildlife.
Exxon Valdez oil spill
1977
Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was named archbishop of Munich and Freising in Germany.
Pope Benedict XVI
1976
Argentine President Isabel Martínez de Perón is deposed in a military coup.
Isabel Martínez de Perón
1973
The album 'Dark Side of the Moon' by Pink Floyd was released.
The Dark Side of the Moon
1965
Millions watch NASA spacecraft Ranger 9 crash into the Moon. The U.S. space probe broadcast live pictures back to Earth, enabling TV viewers to follow its approach to the Moon and its controlled crash.
Ranger 9
1958
Rock 'n' roll star Elvis Presley joined the U.S. army for two years.
Elvis Presley's Army career
1955
'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' by Tennessee Williams opened on Broadway.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
1949
Laurence Olivier's Hamlet became the first British film to win an Oscar.
Hamlet (1948 film)
1913
The home of vaudeville, the Palace Theatre, opened in New York City.
Palace Theatre (New York City)
1896
Aleksander Popov achieves the world's first radio transmission. The Russian physicist transmitted the words “Heinrich Hertz” from one building of St. Petersburg University to another.
Alexander Stepanovich Popov
1883
Long-distance telephone service was inaugurated between Chicago and New York City.
Timeline of the telephone
1882
Robert Koch discovers the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis. The German scientist, who is regarded as the father of modern bacteriology, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1905.
Robert Koch
1837
Canada gives its black citizens the right to vote.
Martin Van Buren
1765
Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.
Third Amendment to the United States Constitution
1721
Johann Sebastian Bach dedicates his Brandenburg Concertos to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt.
Brandenburg Concertos
1603
Scottish King James VI son of Mary Queen of Scots, becomes King James I of England in succession to Elizabeth I, thus joining the English and Scottish crowns.
James VI and I