March 24: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on March 24



March 24th is officially Flatmate’s Day and Tuberculosis Day.

Today marks day 84 of the year, and we have 282 days left in 2024.

You’re about to discover some of the most incredible historical events that all happened on this very day, including discoveries, new technologies, disasters and so much more.

Did you know that on this day in 1837, black citizens were given the right to vote in Canada? Unfortunately, racial discrimination meant their exercising of this right was initially impeded.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about March 24th in history!


What memorable events happened on March 24 in history? Keep reading to find out!


Five hundred and sixty people dressed as ghosts, to get a world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as ghosts.

OTD in 2017: Five hundred and sixty people dressed as ghosts

This was achieved by Mercy School Mounthawk in Tralee, Ireland, to highlight the invisibility of arthritis.


Craig David was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador against tuberculosis (TB) by the World Health Organization.

The choice came after the singer sold more than 13 million albums worldwide to help fund the fight against TB.


The Office, created by Ricky Gervais in the UK, aired its first US season on NBC.


A truck carrying margarine and flour caught fire inside the Mont Blanc Tunnel.

Fire crews were unable to reach the transport truck as vehicles traveling through the tunnel became trapped. Thirty-nine people were killed. Significant changes were made to the tunnel to improve its safety after this.


Carolyn & Eugene Shoemaker and David Levy discovered the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet.

The trio discovered the comet using a rather run-of-the-mill Schmidt telescope while searching the skies for near-earth objects in California. The comet was particularly interesting because it was the first active comet seen orbiting a planet. Even more spectacular was the comet’s collision with Jupiter the following year, as it was the first time in history we could directly observe two objects from the Solar System colliding.


The first Soul Train Music Awards took place in Santa Monica, California, US.

Winners included Janet Jackson, Run-DMC, Cameo, and Gregory Abbott.


Elvis Presley enlisted in the US army.

OTD in 1958: Elvis Presley enlisted in the US army.


The world’s first international women’s sporting event began in Monaco.

The Women’s Olympiad was a five-day multi-sport event in Monte Carlo at the International Sporting Club of Monaco. One hundred sportswomen from five nations participated in ten different sporting events.


The Rapid Transit Railroad broke ground on a new underground subway to link Manhattan and Brooklyn.

New York City Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck led the groundbreaking ceremony.


The first telephone call was made between New York and Chicago.


Dr. Robert Koch discovered Mycobacterium Tuberculosis which is bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB).

OTD in 1882: Dr. Robert Koch discovered Mycobacterium Tuberculosis which is bacteria that causes tuberculosis (TB).

At this time in history, TB killed one in every seven people in the US & Europe, and Koch’s find went on to help control the disease.


The Provincial Freeman Anti-slavery newspaper was first published in Ontario, Canada.

The publisher, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, became the first black female publisher in North America.


Black citizens were given the right to vote in Canada.


King James VI of Scotland was crowned King James I of England and Ireland.

OTD in 1603: King James VI of Scotland was crowned King James I of England and Ireland.

James’ mother was Mary, Queen of Scots, who gave up the Scottish throne to allow him to rule from the young age of thirteen months. James was also the great-great-grandson of King Henry VII, so when Elizabeth I died in 1603 with no rightful heirs, the throne of England and Ireland was left to James. When he became King James of England and Ireland, he remained as King of Scotland, uniting the three nations.

Famous Births

If you were born on this day, you share your birthday with Jim Parsons. Find out who else was born on March 24th below!


The Undertaker



The Undertaker


59 years old

Born In:

Texas, USA


Jim Parsons



Jim Parsons


51 years old

Born In:

Texas, USA


Harry Houdini



Harry Houdini

Died On:

Oct 31, 1926 (Age 52)

Born In:

Budapest, Hungary


Alyson Hannigan



Alyson Hannigan


50 years old

Born In:

Washington D.C., USA

Special Holidays

Here are some interesting holidays that are celebrated on this day.

March 24: World Tuberculosis Day
United States

World Tuberculosis Day

Millions of people worldwide die from tuberculosis each year. A tragedy made even greater by the fact that it’s a curable disease. Tuberculosis Day raises awareness of this infection, and you can take part by learning more about TB or donating to help treat it.

March 24: Flatmates Day
United States

Flatmates Day

Flatmates can either make your life hell or become your best friends, so it’s important that you be the best flatmate you can be! Gather up your flatmates today and do something special with them; a movie or board games night is always a great bonding experience!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Ziggy Marley, Bob Marley’s son, wrote the theme song for the popular children’s cartoon, Arthur, when he was 26.

Birthday & Zodiac

For those of you who were born on March 24th, your zodiac sign is Aries.

Aries send out positive energy into everything and everybody around them. Feeding off this power source can be exhilarating for other signs.

If you were born in March, your birthstone is aquamarine. The aquamarine crystal is believed to bring peace, tranquility, and harmony while keeping one’s mind clear.

People born on this day were likely conceived on or around July 1 in the previous year.

Babies conceived on this day will likely be born around December 15, 2024.

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