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Today in History-March 24 Exxon Valdez spilled, Mormon Joseph Smith beaten

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March 24th was the day in history when…

1991: The eleventh Golden Raspberry Awards: “Ford Fairlane” and “Ghosts Can't Do It” won. The award, also known as the Razzie, started in 1981. It is a ceremony held each year on the day before the Academy Awards. It mirrors the categories covered in the Oscars, but instead of the best, the Razzies recognize the year’s worst films and performances. On this date there was a tie for Worst Film between “Ford Fairlane” and “Ghosts Can’t Do It.”

1989: Exxon's Valdez spilled between 260,000 to 750,000 barrelsof oil off the coast of Alaska. The Valdez was an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, California. As it traveled through Prince William’s Sound the ship ran aground on Bligh Reef. The spill’s location made clean up especially difficult due to the fact that it was only accessible by boat or plane. Area wildlife was severely affected by the spill, with many birds and sea life washing up on shore covered in oil. The Valdez is known as one of the most severe accidents in U.S. history.

1832: Mormon Joseph Smith was beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio. Smith was the founder of the Mormon faith. He was the author of the “Book of Mormon” by transcribing the inscription engraved on golden plates which he said were given to him by an angel. While Smith lived in Kirkland, Ohio the ranks of his new congregation began to swell as people who converted to the new religion moved to the area. On this date Smith was attacked by a group of former congregation members who were upset about his increasing political power.

Famous Birthdays:

1976: Peyton Manning – athlete
1974: Alyson Hannigan – actress
1962: Star Jones – TV host
1944: Patti Labelle – singer
1940: Bob Mackie – fashion designer

Notable People Lost:

1964: Peter Lorre – actor
1905:
Jules Verne – science fiction author
1882
: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – poet

Odd Holidays (There's Always Something to Celebrate!):

National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
National Family Day

Thought for the day: Why are those little Styrofoam pieces called peanuts?

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