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1803 – The Supreme Court of the United States, in Marbury v. Madison, establishes the principle of judicial review. Ruling itself to be the final interpreter of all constitutional issues.

0303 – Galerius, Roman Emperor, publishes his edict that begins the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Empire.

0616 – Death of Ethelbert of Kent succeeded by his son Eadbald, who was not a Christian

1387 – King Charles III of Naples and Hungary is assassinated at Buda.

1496 – England’s Henry VII ends commercial dispute with Flanders

1510 – Pope Julius II excommunicates the republic of Venice

1581 – Pope Gregory approves the results of his calendar reform commission

1582 – Pope Gregory XIII announces New Style (Gregorian) calendar

1739 – Battle of Karnal: The army of Iranian ruler Nadir Shah defeats the forces of the Mughal emperor of India, Muhammad Shah.

1803 – The Supreme Court of the United States, in Marbury v. Madison, establishes the principle of judicial review.

1807 – 17 die & 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty & Elizabeth Godfrey in England”

1831 – The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the first removal treaty in accordance with the Indian Removal Act, is proclaimed. The Choctaws in Mississippi cede land east of the river in exchange for payment and land in the West.

1835 – “Siwinowe Kesibwi” (The Shawnee Sun) was issued as the first Indian language monthly publication in the U.S.

1863 – Arizona is organized as a U.S. territory.

1866 – In Washington, DC, an American flag made entirely of American bunting was displayed for the first time.

1868 – The House of Representatives impeaches (but the Senate later acquits) U.S. President Andrew Johnson, following his attempt to dismiss War Secretary Edwin Stanton.

1888 – Louisville KY becomes first government in US to adopt Australian ballot

1900 – New York City Mayor Van Wyck signed the contract to begin work on New York’s first rapid transit tunnel. The tunnel would link Manhattan and Brooklyn. The ground breaking ceremony was on March 24, 1900.

1906 – Tomas Estrada Palma defeats Jose Gomez in the election for president of Cuba, but Gomez and his followers refuse to accept results and sponsor an uprising

1908 – In ‘Muller v Oregon’, the US Supreme Court favors an Oregon law limiting maximum hours a woman may work and denies that it curtails ‘liberty of contract’

1917 – World War I: The U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom is given the Zimmermann Telegram, in which Germany pledges to ensure the return of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to Mexico if that country declares war on the United States.

1920 – The German nazi party is founded

1924 – Mahatma Gandhi released from jail

1925 – A thermit was used for the first time. It was used to break up a 250,000-ton ice jam that had clogged the St. Lawrence River near Waddington, NY.

1933 – League of Nations tells Japanese to pull out of Manchuria

1938 – The first nylon bristle toothbrush was made. It was the first time that nylon yarn had been used commercially.

1942 – The U.S. Government stopped shipments of all 12-gauge shotguns for sporting use for the wartime effort.

1944 – Argentina coup by Juan Peron minister of war

1945 – During World War II, the Philippine capital of Manilla, was liberated by U.S. soldiers.

1946 – Juan Peron was elected president of Argentina.

1948 – Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia

1955 – Pact of Baghdad between Iraq & Turkey signed

1956 – The city of Cleveland invoked a 1931 law that barred people under the age of 18 from dancing in public without an adult guardian.

1964 – Cassius Clay beats Sonny Liston for heavyweight boxing championship

1966 – Coup ousts President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana

1968 – Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive is halted; South Vietnam recaptures Hu.

1971 – Algeria nationalizes French oil companies

1977 – President Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights

1979 – War between North & South Yemen begins

1981 – Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain’s Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.

1983 – A U.S. congressional commission released a report that condemned the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

1987 – An exploding supernova was discovered in the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy.

1988 – The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a $200,000 award to Rev. Jerry Falwell that had been won against “Hustler” magazine. The ruling expanded legal protections for parody and satire.

1989 – Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini sentenced Salman Rushdie to death for his novel “The Satanic Verses”. A bounty of one to three-million-dollars was also put on Rushidie’s head.

1991 – Gulf War: US-led forces begin Operation Desert Sabre, the ground invasion of southern Iraq and Iraqi-occupied Kuwait

1995 – The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified

1997 – The U.S. The Food and Drug Administration named six brands of birth control as safe and effective “morning-after” pills for preventing pregnancy.

1999 – The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery, in spite of Germany’s legal action to attempt to save him.

2006 – Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares Proclamation 1017 placing the country in a state of emergency in attempt to subdue a possible military coup.

2007 – The Virginia General Assembly passed a resolution expressing “profound regret” for the state’s role in slavery.

2008 – Cuba’s parliament named Raul Castro president. His brother Fidel had ruled for nearly 50 years.

2014 – A 4.4 billion-year-old Crystal is discovered to be the oldest known fragment from the earth’s crust

2016 – Oldest Muslim graves in Europe, from the 8th century, identified at a burial site in Nimes, France

2019 – Roman Catholic Church summit on paedophilia ends with Pope Francis promising more action and calling those guilty “tools of Satan”

2020 – Scientists identify the first animal that doesn’t need oxygen to breathe – a tiny parasite living in salmon tissue, reported in journal PNAS

2022 – Russian leader Vladimir Putin announces the start of a “special military operation” in Ukraine to “demilitarize” the country moments before Russia launches a full-scale pre-dawn invasion by land, air and sea, with bombings in several cities amid international condemnation

2023 – Puffin, publisher of author Roald Dhal, announces it will now print his books with their original unaltered text alongside those with offensive language removed, after widespread criticism and debate

REFERENCE: history.net, onthisday.com, thepeopleshistory.com, timeanddate.com, scopesys.com, on-this-day.com



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