March 24 events in history

1401 Turko-Mongol emperor Timur sacks Damascus
1603 James VI of Scotland also becomes James I of England, upon the death of Elizabeth I
1603 Tokugawa Ieyasu is granted the title of shogun from Emperor Go-Yozei, and establishes the Tokugawa Shogunate in Edo, Japan
1663 The Province of Carolina is granted by charter to eight Lords Proprietor in reward for their assistance in restoring Charles II of England to the throne
1707 The Acts of Union 1707 is signed, officially uniting the Kingdoms of England and Scotland to create the Kingdom of Great Britain
1720 Count Frederick of Hesse-Kassel is elected King of Sweden by the Riksdag of the Estates, after his consort Ulrika Eleonora abdicated the throne on 29 February. She had been wanting to rule jointly with her husband in the same manner as William and Mary in the British Isles, but after the Riksdag of the Estates said no to this, she chose to abdicate the throne in his favour instead
1721 Johann Sebastian Bach dedicated six concertos to Christian Ludwig, margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, now commonly called the Brandenburg concertos, BWV 1046–1051
1731 Naturalization of Hieronimus de Salis Parliamentary Act is passed
1765 American Revolution: The Kingdom of Great Britain passes the Quartering Act, which requires the Thirteen Colonies to house British troops
1829 Catholic Emancipation: The Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829, allowing Catholics to serve in Parliament
1832 In Hiram, Ohio, a group of men beat and tar and feather Mormon leader Joseph Smith
1837 Canada gives African Canadian men the right to vote
1854 In Venezuela, slavery was abolished
1860 Sakuradamon incident: Assassination of Japanese Chief Minister (Tairō) Ii Naosuke
1869 The last of Titokowaru's forces surrendered to the New Zealand government, ending his uprising
1878 The British frigate HMS Eurydice sinks, killing more than 300
1882 Robert Koch announces the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis
1885 Sino-French War: Chinese victory in the Battle of Bang Bo on the Tonkin–Guangxi border
1896 A. S. Popov makes the first radio signal transmission in history
1900 Mayor of New York City Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground "Rapid Transit Railroad" that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn
1907 The first issue of the Georgian Bolshevik newspaper Dro is published
1922 Irish War of Independence: In Belfast, Northern Irish policemen break into the home of a Catholic family and shoot all eight males inside
1927 Nanking Incident: Foreign warships bombard Nanjing, China, in defense of the foreign citizens within the city
1934 United States Congress passes the Tydings–McDuffie Act, allowing the Philippines to become a self-governing commonwealth
1944 Ardeatine massacre: German troops murder 335 Italian civilians in Rome
1944 World War II: In an event later dramatized in the movie The Great Escape, 76 Allied prisoners of war begin breaking out of the German camp Stalag Luft III
1946 The British Cabinet Mission, consisting of Lord Pethick-Lawrence, Sir Stafford Cripps and A. V. Alexander, arrives in India to discuss and plan for the transfer of power from the British Raj to Indian leadership
1958 Rock'N'Roll teen idol Elvis Presley is drafted in the U.S. Army
1959 The Party of the African Federation is launched by Léopold Sédar Senghor and Modibo Keïta
1965 NASA spacecraft Ranger 9, equipped to convert its signals into a form suitable for showing on domestic television, brings images of the Moon into ordinary homes before crash landing
1972 The United Kingdom imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland
1973 Kenyan athlete Kip Keino defeats Jim Ryun at the first-ever professional track meet in Los Angeles
1976 In Argentina, the armed forces overthrow the constitutional government of President Isabel Perón and start a 7-year dictatorial period self-styled the National Reorganization Process. Since 2006, a public holiday known as Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice is held on this day
1980 Archbishop Óscar Romero is killed while celebrating Mass in San Salvador
1986 The Loscoe gas explosion leads to new UK laws on landfill gas migration and gas protection on landfill sites
1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill: In Prince William Sound in Alaska, the Exxon Valdez spills 240,000 barrels (38,000 m3) of petroleum after running aground
1993 Discovery of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9
1998 Jonesboro massacre: Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden, aged 11 and 13 respectively, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas; five people are killed and ten are wounded
1998 A tornado sweeps through Dantan in India, killing 250 people and injuring 3000 others
1999 Mont Blanc Tunnel fire kills 39 people
1999 Kosovo War: NATO commences aerial bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country
2000 S&P 500 index reaches an intraday high of 1,552.87, a peak that, due to the collapse of the dot-com bubble, it will not reach again for another seven-and-a-half years
2003 The Arab League votes 21–1 in favor of a resolution demanding the immediate and unconditional removal of U.S. and British soldiers from Iraq
2008 Bhutan officially becomes a democracy, with its first ever general election