Today is Thursday, March 24, the 84th day of 2016. There are 282 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti is 97. Fashion designer Bob Mackie is 77. Director Curtis Hanson is 71. Singer Nick Lowe is 67. Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is 65. Comedian Louie Anderson is 63. Actress Donna Pescow is 62. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is 60. TV personality Star Jones is 54. Actress Lara Flynn Boyle is 46. Actor Jim Parsons is 43. Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is 40.
In 1765, Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.
In 1958, rock-and-roll singer Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army in Memphis.
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.
In 1995, after 20 years, British soldiers stopped routine patrols in Belfast.
In 1999, NATO airstrikes struck Yugoslavia, the first time in its 50-year existence it had attacked a sovereign country.
In 2000, construction began on Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. (It officially opened on May 11, 2002)
In 2011, a funeral was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery for Elizabeth Taylor (it began 15 minutes behind schedule in accordance with the actress’ wish to be late for her own funeral).
Last year, a Germanwings flight crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board; investigators said it was downed by the co-pilot, who had a history of mental illness.