March 24 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
March 24 History Highlights
Exxon Valdez Disaster
|On March 24, 1989, shortly after midnight, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez struck Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling more than 11 million gallons of crude oil. The spill was the largest in U.S. history and tested the abilities of local, national, and industrial organizations to prepare for, and respond to, a disaster of such magnitude. Many factors complicated the cleanup efforts following the spill. The size of the spill and its remote location, accessible only by helicopter and boat, made government and industry efforts difficult and tested existing plans for dealing with such an event.
The spill posed threats to the delicate food chain that supports Prince William Sound’s commercial fishing industry. Also in danger were ten million migratory shorebirds and waterfowl, hundreds of sea otters, dozens of other species, such as harbor porpoises and sea lions, and several varieties of whales. (epa.gov)
March 24 is…
|Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
World Tuberculosis Day
March 24 Birthday Quotes
“There are many more important things in life than fashion. But fashion, to me, is part of pop culture. And I’m an art collector. I’m obsessed with art and pop culture. And I say that there is fame, fashion, art, music, and entertainment, including celebrity, that really moves the needle in society.”
“The attitude with which we approach the situation can determine our success or failure.”
“You have to not worry or doubt or punish yourself. All the worry, doubt, and punishment will not add one second to your life, you know?”
“The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.”
“Some say I do it this way, others say I do it that way, but I say I do it the other way.”
March 24 Birthdays
|1874 – Harry Houdini, Hungarian-Jewish American magician and actor (died in 1926)
1887 – Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, American actor, director, and screenwriter (died in 1933)
1901 – Ub Iwerks, American animator, co-created Mickey Mouse (died in 1971)
1909 – Clyde Barrow, American criminal (died in 1934)
1911 – Joseph Barbera, American animator and producer, co-founded Hanna-Barbera (died in 2006)
1924 – Norman Fell, American actor (died in 1998)
1930 – Steve McQueen, American actor (died in 1980)
1940 – Bob Mackie, American fashion designer
1944 – R. Lee Ermey, American sergeant and character actor (died in 2018)
1949 – Nick Lowe, English singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer
1951 – Tommy Hilfiger, American fashion designer, founded the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation
1953 – Louie Anderson, American actor and comedian
1956 – Bill Wray, American cartoonist and painter
1960 – Kelly Le Brock, English-American actress and model
1960 – Nena, German singer-songwriter
1970 – Lara Flynn Boyle, American actress
1973 – Jim Parsons, American actor
1974 – Alyson Hannigan, American actress
1976 – Peyton Manning, American football player
1977 – Jessica Chastain, American actress
1979 – Lake Bell, Jewish-American actress
March 24 History
|1707 – The Acts of Union 1707 was signed, officially uniting the Kingdoms and parliaments of England and Scotland to create the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1765 – The Kingdom of Great Britain passed the Quartering Act, which required homes in the Thirteen Colonies to house British troops.
1882 – Robert Koch announced the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis.
March 24, 1940 – The first religious service was shown on NBC in New York. The first was a Protestant Easter Service, and a Catholic Mass was shown after that.
1955 – Tennessee Williams’ play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opened in New York.
1956 – #1 Hit March 24, 1956 – April 20, 1956: Les Baxter – Poor People Of Paris
March 24, 1958, Elvis Presley was inducted into the US Army, serial #53310761.
1973 – #1 Hit March 24, 1973 – April 6, 1973: The O’Jays – Love Train
1979 – #1 Hit March 24, 1979 – April 13, 1979: Bee Gees – Tragedy
1989 – The Exxon Valdez, captained by Joseph Jeffrey Hazelwood, hit Prince William Sound, spilling 11,000,000 gallons of Alaskan crude oil.
1990 – #1 Hit March 24, 1990 – April 6, 1990: Alannah Myles – Black Velvet
1993- Doogie Howser, M.D. aired its final episode
2001 – #1 Hit March 24, 2001 – March 30, 2001: Crazy Town – Butterfly
March 24, 2005 – PlayStation Portable released, Video Game Console
2005 – The Office premiered on NBC
March 24, 2006 – Cow Belles aired on The Disney Channel
2006 – Hannah Montana premiered on The Disney Channel.
2007 – #1 Hit March 24, 2007 – April 6, 2007: Fergie featuring Ludacris – Glamorous
2011 – Broadway Show – The Book of Mormon (Musical) March 24, 2011
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
|The fear of vegetables is called Lachanophobia.
I haven’t been upset about someone not rewinding a VHS tape in two decades. #bekindrewind
When Voldemort died, the world lost a thinker whose treatises on the multiplicity of personal identity will remain forever unpublished.
A group of Onions is called a Rope.
Baby Carrots are not naturally mini-sized carrots… they are just cut down to size from imperfect, normal-sized carrots.
Chicago O’ Hare airport has the ORD shortcode because it was originally called Orchard Field and no one bothered to change it when it was renamed.
Mother Theresa – Real Name: Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
Australia is the only continent with more venomous snakes than there are non-venomous ones.
“Are the daughter’s miseries the mother’s triumphs?” – Eva in Autumn Sonata #moviequotes
Nicolas Cage – Real Name: Nicolas Coppola
Vince & Larry are the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s crash test dummies.
For a detective, a surprise party is the ultimate insult.
A group of Cows is called a Kine.
The shortest player in NBA was Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues (born January 9, 1965). He stood at 5’3″ and played for a total of 14 seasons.
Joseph Stalin’s real name was Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili. He decided to change his name to Stalin in 1902, meaning “steel” in Russian, which he believed would make him appear tough.
A court ruled that the TV show Trapper John M.D. is a spinoff of the movie M*A*S*H, not the TV show, due to a lawsuit over royalties.
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