Lost and Found – March 24th Edition

What to remember about March 24th…

  • 1765  British Parliament passes quartering act requiring colonies to provide accommodations for troops; authorizes use of private homes as barracks
  • 1834  American explorer, conservationist, and abolitionist John Wesley Powell is born in Mount Morris, New York (d. 1902)
  • 1944  76 Allied prisoners break out od German POW camp Stalag Luft III; event immortalized in 1963 film The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen
  • 1958  Elvis Presley is inducted into the United States Army; earlier deferment allowed him to avoid service in Korea
  • 1965  At University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, anti-war activists and academics hold the 1st “teach-in”; movement will soon spread to other campuses
  • 1989  Supertanker Exxon Valdez runs aground off Prince William Sound in Alaska; drunken captain causes largest oil spill in U.S. history
  • 1996  Astronaut Shannon Lucid becomes 1st American female to live aboard a space station when she joins the crew of Russian Mir
  • 1999 NATO aircraft begin 78 days of bombings in effort to end ethnic warfare in Yugoslavia

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