24th March

Born on this Day 24th March
1887 Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle
1901 UB Iwerks
1894 Harry Houdini
1909 Clyde Barrow
1930 Steve McQueen
1911 Joseph Barbara
1947 Sir Alan Sugar
1951 Peter Powell
1960 Kelly LeBrock

Died on this Day
1882 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
1905 Jules Verne
1983 Barney Clark


1967 Jimi Hendrix released ‘Purple Haze’ in the UK.

1984 Beach Boy Al Jardine married Mary Ann in Arizona.

1986 George Michael released ‘A Different Corner’ his second solo single.

1986 The soundtrack to the film ‘Absolute Beginners’ was released including tracks from David Bowie, Ray Davies and The Style Council.

1990 Sinead O’Connor became the first Irishwoman to top the UK charts.


1877 The Oxford and Cambridge boat race ended in a dead heat.

1992 Graham Gooch and Ian Botham walked out of the official cricket World Cup dinner in protest at anti-royal jokes, delivered by a drag artist impersonating the Queen.

People & Showbiz

1955 Tennessee William’s play ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ received its premiere in New York.

1989 Elvis Presley was sworn in as a private in the US Army

1992 Michael Foale, a Cambridge graduate became Britain’s first male astronaut when he was launched into space aboard the shuttle Atlantis.

General Events

1953 A Jamaican tenant at 10 Rillington Place in Notting Hill Gate, London found a concealed wardrobe while examining wallpaper in the kitchen. Inside was the naked body of Mrs Ethel Christie, a discovery that later led to the conviction of the infamous John Christie.

1983 Barney Clark, the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart, died in Salt Lake City, 112 days after receiving the implant.

1986 8 people were feared to have died as a result of hurricane- force winds that had swept across the UK

1991 Police shot dead 11 ANC activists at a rally near Johannesberg.

1995 Within 3 hours of the National Lottery’s scratchcards going on sale, a customer scooped £50,000 at a Woolworth’s store in Peterborough.

1995 Cardiff Old Library was awarded £2 million in the first batch of arts grants from the National Lottery.

1997 British army officers began drawing up a new code of moral conduct to remove the ban on homosexuals and change the current strict attitude to adultery.

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