This Day in History: March 24th

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The worst oil spill in US history happens off the coast of Alaska, and tragedy strikes a middle school in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Plus Pluto is officially named, while it was still an official planet. All this and more can be found in today’s, “This Day in History”.

On this day in 1989, the worst US oil spill in history happened when Exxon’s Valdez spilled 11.3 mil gallons off the coast of Alaska.

On this day in 1930, Pluto, back when it was still a planet, was officially named.

On this day in 1941, the Homewood Public Library was established.

On this day in 1964, the Kennedy half-dollar was first issued.

On this day in 1998, tragedy struck Jonesboro, Arkansas as two students, aged 11 and 13, fired upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School. Five people were killed and ten more were wounded.

This year’s NCAA Tournament is still in its early stages, but this day has marked the “one shining moment” for a few teams.

  • 1962: Cincinnati defeated Ohio State (71-59)
  • 1974: North Carolina State defeated Marquette (76-64)
  • 1980: Louisville defeated UCLA (59-54)

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