History for March 24 - On-This-Day.com:
John Wesley Powell 1834 - U.S. soldier, geologist and explorer of American West, Andrew Mellon 1855 - American banker, industrialist, philanthropist, U.S. Secretary of the Treasure (1921-1932), Harry Houdini 1874 - Magician, escape artist
Steve McQueen 1930 - Actor, R. Lee Ermey 1944 - Actor, Peyton Manning 1976 - Football player
1832 - Mormon Joseph Smith was beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio.
1882 - In Berlin, German scientist Robert Koch announced the discovery of the tuberculosis germ (bacillus).
1947 - The U.S. Congress proposed the limitation of the presidency to two terms.
1980 - "Nightline" with Ted Koppel premiered.
1989 - The Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000 barrels (11 million gallons) of oil in Alaska's Prince William Sound after it ran aground.
1993 - In Israel, Ezer Weizman, an advocate of peace with neighboring Arab nations, was elected President.
1999 - NATO launched air strikes against Yugoslavia (Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Vojvodina). The attacks marked the first time in its 50-year history that NATO attacked a sovereign country. The bombings were in response to Serbia's refusal to sign a peace treaty with ethnic Albanians who were seeking independence for the province of Kosovo.