What Happened on March 24

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Historical Events

1837 – Canada gives its black citizens the right to vote
1880 – Tobacco Growers’ Mutual Insurance Company incorporates in CT
1936 – Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Maroons, 1-0 in 16:30 of 6th period of OT; record Stanley Cup playoff game lasts 9 periods (176 minutes)
1967 – University of Michigan holds 1st “Teach-in” after bombing of North Vietnam
1979 – Columbia flown on carrier aircraft lands at Kennedy Space Center
2002 – PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Unheralded New Zealander Craig Perks chips-in twice on the final 3 holes for his only PGA Tour career win, 2 strokes ahead of Stephen Ames

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Famous Birthdays

1188 – Ferrand, Count of Flanders, son of Sancho I, born in Coimbra, Portugal (d. 1223)
1911 – Herman W. “Fritz” Liebert, American rare books scholar and librarian (Yale University), born in New York City (d. 1994)
1947 – Meiko Kaji [Masako Ohta], Japanese film actress and singer (Lady Snowblood), born in Kanda, Tokyo, Japan
1970 – Marques Bragg, NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves)
1973 – Jim Parsons, American actor (The Big Bang Theory), born in Houston, Texas
1975 – Julia Bikbova, dance skater (with partner John Lee), born in Kyiv, Ukraine

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Famous Deaths

1284 – Hugh III of Cyprus, King of Cyprus and Jerusalem (b 1235)
1381 – Saint Catharine of Sweden, Swedish saint
1644 – Archduchess Cecilia Renata of Austria, Queen of Poland, dies at 32
1995 – Trevor Oswald Ling, English religious Studies Professor, dies at 75
1996 – Maria Lucia Beltran Alcayaga, singer, dies at 66
1999 – Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, German women’s activist (b. 1902)

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