Today in History: March 24

Elvis Presley, left, 23-year-old rock and roll singer, gestures at his short hair as he chats with a former school chum, Farley Gey, 22, who is entering the Army with Elvis, in Memphis, March 24, 1958. Robert Maharrey, 22, another inductee, looks on from the rear. The scene took place at the local draft board headquarters. (AP Photo/Fred J. Griffith)
In 1958, rock-and-roll singer Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army in Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis Presley, left, gestures at his short hair as he chats with a former school chum, Farley Gey, who was entering the Army with Elvis, in Memphis, March 24, 1958. The scene took place at the local draft board headquarters. (AP Photo/Fred J. Griffith) (AP/Fred J. Griffith)
Exxon Valdez oil tanker along side The Exxon Baton Rouge in Prince William, Alaska after it ran aground on 26 March, 1989 creating an oil spill. (AP Photo)
In 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and began leaking an estimated 11 million gallons of crude oil. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A view of the  the entrance of the Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco) tunnel in Courmayeur, Northern Italy, as smoke pours out  Thursday, March 25, 1999. Reports say at least 30 people  were killed in the tunnel under Mont Blanc after a truck caught fire Wednesday, blocking access with thick smoke. (AP Photo/Stefano Sarti)
In 1999, 39 people were killed when fire erupted in the Mont Blanc tunnel in France and burned for two days. (AP Photo/Stefano Sarti) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/STEFANO SARTI)
FILE - In this Thursday March 26, 2015 file photo, rescue workers inspect the debris from the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. The somber mission to recover the remains of 150 people killed instantly when the Germanwings flight crashed full speed into the Col de Mariaud is not a quiet one and crucial physical evidence for the crash investigation can be gathered only when the mountains cooperate. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)
On March 24, 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525, an Airbus A320, crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board; investigators said the jetliner was deliberately downed by the 27-year-old co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, who had a history of depression and mental illness. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File) (AP/Laurent Cipriani)
FILE - In this March 24, 1998 file photo, officials examine the scene at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Ark. after two boys fired on teachers and students.  The two boys with stolen guns took aim from a wooded hill, waiting for people to evacuate after one of the boys had triggered a false fire alarm. They killed four children and a teacher. That was 20 years ago, today students are taught to evacuate during fire alarms but lock down during school shootings. So there was confusion Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 when a fire alarm sounded, the second one that day, at a Florida high school as former student Nikolas Cruz unleashed a barrage of gunfire. Head for the exits or hunker down in classrooms?   (Leigh Daughtridge/The Commercial Appeal via AP)
In 1998, two students, ages 13 and 11, opened fire outside Jonesboro Westside Middle School in Arkansas, killing four classmates and a teacher. (The gunmen were imprisoned by Arkansas until age 18, then by federal authorities until age 21.) FILE – In this March 24, 1998 file photo, officials examine the scene at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Ark. after two boys fired on teachers and students. The two boys with stolen guns took aim from a wooded hill, waiting for people to evacuate after one of the boys had triggered a false fire alarm. They killed four children and a teacher. That was 20 years ago, today students are taught to evacuate during fire alarms but lock down during school shootings. So there was confusion Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 when a fire alarm sounded, the second one that day, at a Florida high school as former student Nikolas Cruz unleashed a barrage of gunfire. Head for the exits or hunker down in classrooms? (Leigh Daughtridge/The Commercial Appeal via AP) (AP/LEIGH DAUGHTRIDGE)
March for Our Lives
In 2018, in the streets of the nation’s capital and in cities across the country, hundreds of thousands of teenagers and their supporters rallied against gun violence, spurred by a call to action from student survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead. Protesters fill Pennsylvania Avenue, as seen from the Newseum, during the “March for Our Lives” rally in support of gun control in Washington, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) (AP/Jose Luis Magana)
In this image released on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, a QuantiFERON-TB blood test. (QIAGEN N.V. via AP Images)
In 1882, German scientist Robert Koch (kohk) announced in Berlin that he had discovered the bacillus responsible for tuberculosis. In this image released on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, a QuantiFERON-TB blood test. QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced that data published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal shows screening with QuantiFERON-TB Gold (QFT) can detect latent tuberculosis (TB) infection in otherwise healthy young children and can predict which are likely to progress to the active stage of this life-threatening respiratory disease. Press release and media available at www.apmultimedianewsroom.com/newsaktuell. (QIAGEN N.V. via AP Images) (QIAGEN N.V. via AP Images/QIAGEN N.V.)
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Elvis Presley, left, 23-year-old rock and roll singer, gestures at his short hair as he chats with a former school chum, Farley Gey, 22, who is entering the Army with Elvis, in Memphis, March 24, 1958. Robert Maharrey, 22, another inductee, looks on from the rear. The scene took place at the local draft board headquarters. (AP Photo/Fred J. Griffith)
Exxon Valdez oil tanker along side The Exxon Baton Rouge in Prince William, Alaska after it ran aground on 26 March, 1989 creating an oil spill. (AP Photo)
A view of the  the entrance of the Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco) tunnel in Courmayeur, Northern Italy, as smoke pours out  Thursday, March 25, 1999. Reports say at least 30 people  were killed in the tunnel under Mont Blanc after a truck caught fire Wednesday, blocking access with thick smoke. (AP Photo/Stefano Sarti)
FILE - In this Thursday March 26, 2015 file photo, rescue workers inspect the debris from the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. The somber mission to recover the remains of 150 people killed instantly when the Germanwings flight crashed full speed into the Col de Mariaud is not a quiet one and crucial physical evidence for the crash investigation can be gathered only when the mountains cooperate. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)
FILE - In this March 24, 1998 file photo, officials examine the scene at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Ark. after two boys fired on teachers and students.  The two boys with stolen guns took aim from a wooded hill, waiting for people to evacuate after one of the boys had triggered a false fire alarm. They killed four children and a teacher. That was 20 years ago, today students are taught to evacuate during fire alarms but lock down during school shootings. So there was confusion Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 when a fire alarm sounded, the second one that day, at a Florida high school as former student Nikolas Cruz unleashed a barrage of gunfire. Head for the exits or hunker down in classrooms?   (Leigh Daughtridge/The Commercial Appeal via AP)
March for Our Lives
In this image released on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, a QuantiFERON-TB blood test. (QIAGEN N.V. via AP Images)

Today is Sunday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2019.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On March 24, 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525, an Airbus A320, crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board; investigators said the jetliner was deliberately downed by the 27-year-old co-pilot.

On this date:

In 1765, Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.

In 1832, a mob in Hiram, Ohio, attacked, tarred and feathered Mormon leaders Joseph Smith Jr. and Sidney Rigdon.

In 1882, German scientist Robert Koch (kohk) announced in Berlin that he had discovered the bacillus responsible for tuberculosis.

In 1944, in occupied Rome, the Nazis executed more than 300 civilians in reprisal for an attack by Italian partisans the day before that killed 32 German soldiers.

In 1955, the Tennessee Williams play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” opened on Broadway.

In 1958, Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army at the draft board in Memphis, Tennessee, before boarding a bus for Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. (Presley underwent basic training at Fort Hood, Texas, before being shipped off to Germany.)

In 1976, the president of Argentina, Isabel Peron, was deposed by her country’s military. British war hero Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery, 88, died in Alton, Hampshire, England.

In 1988, former national security aides Oliver L. North and John M. Poindexter and businessmen Richard V. Secord and Albert Hakim pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the Iran-Contra affair. (North and Poindexter were convicted, but had their verdicts thrown out; Secord and Hakim received probation after each pleaded guilty to a single count under a plea bargain.)

In 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez (vahl-DEEZ’) ran aground on a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and began leaking an estimated 11 million gallons of crude oil.

In 1995, after 20 years, British soldiers stopped routine patrols in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In 1998, two students, ages 13 and 11, opened fire outside Jonesboro Westside Middle School in Arkansas, killing four classmates and a teacher. (The gunmen were imprisoned by Arkansas until age 18, then by federal authorities until age 21.)

In 1999, NATO launched airstrikes against Yugoslavia, marking the first time in its 50-year existence that it had ever attacked a sovereign country. Thirty-nine people were killed when fire erupted in the Mont Blanc tunnel in France and burned for two days.

Ten years ago: In his second prime-time news conference since taking office, President Barack Obama claimed early progress in his aggressive campaign to lead the nation out of economic chaos and declared that despite obstacles ahead, “we’re moving in the right direction.” Citing the AIG debacle, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, in a rare joint appearance before a House committee, asked for unprecedented powers to regulate complex nonbank financial institutions.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama began a week of international travel as he arrived in the Netherlands with Russia’s Crimean incursion at the top of his agenda. An Egyptian court sentenced to death nearly 530 suspected backers of ousted President Mohammed Morsi over a deadly attack on a police station, capping a swift, two-day mass trial in which defense attorneys were not allowed to present their case. Five former employees of imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff were convicted at the end of a six-month trial in New York that cast them as the long arms of their boss.

One year ago: In the streets of the nation’s capital and in cities across the country, hundreds of thousands of teenagers and their supporters rallied against gun violence, spurred by a call to action from student survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead.

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