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Events and Birthdays on 24 March

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Events on this day, 24 March

Punch, Britain's oldest satirical magazine, is to close after suffering crippling losses of ?1.5m a year.

An oil tanker, the Exxon Valdez, has run aground off the Alaskan coast, releasing crude oil into the sea.

Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs is rescued by Barbados police following his kidnapping.

Violent seas split the wreck of the super tanker destroying any hopes of salvaging any remaining oil.

Ranger 9 beams live pictures of the Moon to ordinary Americans as it hurtles down to crash on the surface.

Her Majesty Queen Mary, the Queen's grandmother, dies in her sleep after a lengthy illness.

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