On This Day in History, March 24

Celebrate all your favorite cocktails on March 24th every year. National Cocktail Day ushers in all the best ways to savor a drink.

As you sip on your cocktail, take time to read the following major events of this day in history.

  • 1837 -Canada gave its black citizens the right to vote.
  • 1882 -Robert Koch discovered and described the tubercle bacillus which causes tuberculosis, and established germ theory.
  • 1920 -A South American Lady, completed studies on women around the world and determined that women from the United States enjoy the most freedom.
  • 1939 -“Wuthering Heights” film based on the Emily Brontë novel, was premiered in Los Angeles.
  • 1940 -Reports indicated that the British Ship Lochassator sunk into the waters of the Scandinavian Peninsula after striking a German mine.
  • 1944– Nazi executed 300 civilians following the murder of 32 German soldiers by Italian Resistance in Rome.
  • 1944– Nicholas Alkemade survived a jump from his Lancaster bomber 18,000 feet over Germany without a parachute.
  • 1950– After the Air force, C54 went missing for two months. A message read as “I-s” was found, which is an air force code that means “serious injury, doctor required, food and water needed”.
  • 1953– The British Queen Mary died on this day.
  • 1954– Nash Kelvinator Corporation and the Hudson Motor Car Company merged to form the American Motors Corporation.
  • 1963- A report was made concerning the erupting of a San Jose volcano, where hundreds of people had their health affected by the falling ash.
  • 1992– The satirical British magazine Punch announced its final issue would be published on April 8th due to falling sales and subscriptions.
  • 1999– NATO commenced an air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
  • 2002– The Rhein-Main in Frankfurt announced its decision to contract out its mail service needs to a company named Pacific Architects and Engineers Government services.
  • 2007– The U.N. Security Council agreed to sanction Iran.
  • 2008– Pakistan prevented access to the YouTube website due to its content being offensive to Islam.
  • 2012– Former US Vice President Dick Cheney received a heart transplant.
  • 2013– President Francois Bozize fled the Central African Republic after rebels took the capital of Bangui.
  • 2020– Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, ordered a 21-day lockdown for the world’s second-most populous country of 1.3 billion people to deal with COVID-19.
  • 2020– Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announced the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games until the summer of 2021 due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

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