March 24

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

1947 John D. Rockefeller, Jr. donates land in New York City that becomes home to the United Nations.

1958 Elvis Presley is inducted into the Army.

1964 The Kennedy half-dollar coin is issued, four months after President John F. Kennedy‘s assassination.

1966 The Selective Service announces college draft deferments based on performance.

1973 The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd is released, the same day that “Brain Damage”/”Eclipse” comes out.

1973 A crazed man leaps onstage and bites Lou Reed on the rump at a concert in Buffalo, New York.

1986 5150 by Van Halen is released. It’s the band’s first album with Sammy Hagar as lead singer.

1987 French premier Jacques Chirac signs a contract with the Walt Disney company for the creation of an amusement park that was eventually called EuroDisney.

1989 In the nation’s worst oil spill, the supertanker Exxon Valdez runs aground on a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, leaking 11 million gallons of crude oil.

1992 The space shuttle Atlantis blasts off with seven astronauts, on the first shuttle mission devoted to the environment.

1998 Students Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden, aged 13 and 11, open fire outside their school in Jonesboro, Arkansas, killing four classmates and a teacher.

1999 NATO launches airstrikes against Yugoslavia, marking the first time in its 50-year history that it has attacked a sovereign country.

1999 Thirty-nine people are killed when a fire erupts in the Mont Blanc tunnel in France and burns for two days.

2001 During an exhibition game, a fastball thrown by Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits and instantly kills a dove flying in front of home plate. The bird appears to explode as the ball hits it.

2001 The city of Macon, Georgia, names a street Duane Allman Boulevard and designates a bridge in the name of Berry Oakley to honor the late members of the Allman Brothers Band, both of whom died in motorcycle accidents there.