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Today in History
Today in History: Saturday, March  24, 2018
AP Highlight in History:
On March 24, 1989, the nation's worst oil spill occurred as the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound and began leaking 11 million gallons of crude.
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1765Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.
1882German scientist Robert Koch announced in Berlin that he had discovered the bacillus responsible for tuberculosis.
1883Long-distance telephone service was inaugurated between Chicago and New York City.
1913The home of vaudeville, the Palace Theatre, opened in New York City.
1955"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams opened on Broadway.
1958Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army in Memphis, Tenn.
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1973The album "Dark Side of the Moon" by Pink Floyd was released.
1977Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was named archbishop of Munich and Freising in Germany.
1998A 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.
1999NATO launched airstrikes against Yugoslavia - the first time the alliance had attacked a sovereign country.
Audio LinkPresident Bill Clinton announces the strikes in and address to the nation
2001Apple Computer Inc.'s operating system Mac OS X went on sale.
2002Halle Berry became the first African-American performer to win a best actress Oscar, for "Monster's Ball."
2005The 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.
2012Former Vice President Dick Cheney underwent a heart transplant at a Virginia hospital.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") turns 45 years old today.
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Dario FoNobel Prize winning playwright92
Bob MackieFashion designer79
Lee OskarRock musician (War)70
Nick LoweRock singer69
Tommy HilfigerFashion designer67
Louie AndersonComedian65
Robert CarradineActor64
Donna PescowActress64
Kelly LeBrockActress58
Star JonesTV personality56
Lara Flynn BoyleActress48
Alyson HanniganActress ("How I Met Your Mother," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer")44
Peyton ManningFootball player42
Chris BoshBasketball player34
Keisha Castle-HughesActress ("The Whale Rider")28
Actress Jessica Chastain turns 41 years old today.
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