Saturday, March 24. 282 days remaining in 2012. 302 days remaining before Obama’s turn pretending to be a respectable president is over.
1721 – Johann Sebastian Bach dedicated six concertos to Christian Ludwig, margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, now commonly called the Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051.
1765 – American Revolutionary War: The Kingdom of Great Britain passes the Quartering Act that requires the Thirteen Colonies to house British troops.
1832 – In Hiram, Ohio a group of men beat, tar and feather Mormon leader Joseph Smith, Jr..
1882 – Robert Koch announces the discovery of mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis.
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.
1934 – U.S. Congress passes the Tydings-McDuffie Act allowing the Philippines to become a self-governing commonwealth.
1944 – World War II: In an event later dramatized in the movie The Great Escape, 76 prisoners begin breaking out of Stalag Luft III.
1958 – Rock’N’Roll teen idol Elvis Presley is drafted in the U.S. Army.
Exxon Valdez spill
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.
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.
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.
1874 – Harry Houdini, (Erik Weisz), Hungarian-born magician (d. 1926)
1887 – Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, American actor (d. 1933)
1909 – Clyde Barrow, American criminal (d. 1934)
1930 – Steve McQueen, American actor (d. 1980)
1951 – Tommy Hilfiger, American fashion designer
1953 – Louie Anderson, American comedian
1954 – Robert Carradine, American actor
1960 – Kelly LeBrock, American actress
1970 – Lara Flynn Boyle, American actress
1976 – Peyton Manning, American football player
2010 – Robert Culp, American actor (b. 1930)