spotlight Today in history: March 24 Mar 24, 2020 Mar 24, 2020 0 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1955: "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" In 1955, the Tennessee Williams play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opened on Broadway. AP 1958: Elvis Presley 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.) AP 1975: Muhammad Ali In 1975, Muhammad Ali defeated Chuck Wepner with a technical knockout in the 15th round of a fight in Richfield, Ohio. (Wepner, a journeyman known as the "Bayonne Bleeder," inspired Sylvester Stallone to make his "Rocky" films.) AP 1976: Argentina In 1976, the president of Argentina, Isabel Peron, was deposed by her country's military. AP 1976: Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery In 1976, British war hero Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery, 88, died in Alton, Hampshire, England. AP 1980: Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero In 1980, one of El Salvador's most respected Roman Catholic Church leaders, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, was shot to death by a sniper as he celebrated Mass in San Salvador. AP 1988: Oliver North and John Poindexter 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.) AP 1989: Exxon Valdez 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. AP 1995: Belfast In 1995, after 20 years, British soldiers stopped routine patrols in Belfast, Northern Ireland. AP 1999: Mont Blanc In 1999, thirty-nine people were killed when fire erupted in the Mont Blanc tunnel in France and burned for two days. AP 1999: Yugoslavia In 1999, NATO launched airstrikes against Yugoslavia, marking the first time in its 50-year existence that it had ever attacked a sovereign country. YUGOSLAV TV 2001: Michelle Kwan In 2001, U.S. skater Michelle Kwan won her fourth World Figure Skating title in Vancouver, British Columbia; Irina Slutskaya of Russia got the silver, and American Sarah Hughes earned the bronze. AP 2010: Barack Obama Ten years ago: Keeping a promise he'd made to anti-abortion Democratic lawmakers to assure passage of his historic health care legislation, President Barack Obama signed an executive order against using federal funds to pay for elective abortions covered by private insurance. AP 2015: Afghanistan Five years ago: President Barack Obama received Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the White House, where Obama agreed to slow the U.S military pullout from Afghanistan at the request of its new government but insisted the delay would not jeopardize his commitment to end America's longest war before leaving office. AP 2015: French Alps Five years ago: 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. AP 2019: Rob Gronkowski One year ago: New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced that he was retiring from the NFL after nine seasons, which had included three Super Bowl victories. Invision 2019: William Barr One year ago: Attorney General William Barr reported that special counsel Robert Mueller did not find evidence that President Donald Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election, but reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice; Democrats pointed out that Mueller had found evidence for and against obstruction, and they demanded to see his full report. (The report would be released in April.) 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