On This Day in History, Mar. 24, 2021

  • 1826Matilda Joslyn Gage is born. She was a founding member of the National Woman Suffrage Association, a prolific author, an abolitionist, a freethinker, a women’s rights and Native American rights activist. She was written out of history by more conservative suffragists.
  • 1882 – German scientist Robert Koch discovers and describes the tubercle bacillus which causes tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis), and establishes germ theory.
  • 1912Dorothy Height is born. 
  • 1989 – Exxon Valdez crashes, causing one of the worst oil spills in history.
  • 1996 – Shannon Lucid becomes the first female US astronaut to live aboard a space station.
  • 1998 – Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Andrew Golden, 11, shoot their classmates and teachers in Jonesboro, Arkansas, killing five and wounding 10.