Mar 24, Tudor Queen Elizabeth I (69), the “Virgin Queen,” died. She had reigned from 1558-1603. Scottish King James VI, son of Mary, became King James I of England in the union of the crowns. Each country retained its own parliament until 1707. In 2006 Leanda de Lisle authored “After Elizabeth.”
Mar 24, Emile Griffith knocked out Benny Paret (b.1937) in the 12th round at Madison Square Garden. 10 days later on April 3 Paret died from the beating. Referee Ruby Goldstein was blamed by many for not stopping the fight soon enough.
Mar 24, U.S. skater Michelle Kwan won her fourth World Figure Skating title; Irina Slutskaya of Russia was second, and American Sarah Hughes earned the bronze.
Mar 24, The 74th annual Academy Awards were held at the Kodak theater in LA. Halle Berry for “Monster’s Ball” became the 1st black woman to be named best actress; Denzel Washington became the second black actor, after Sidney Poitier, to win in the best actor category, for “Training Day,” “A Beautiful Mind” won for best picture and gathered 4 awards as did “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.”
Mar 24, In the southern Philippines, Marlene Garcia Esperat (45), a columnist for a weekly newspaper, was shot dead in her home in front of her children. Her husband told a radio station that his wife had “many enemies because of her exposes,” mostly on corruption and other issues of governance.
Mar 24, In Selmer, Tenn., Mary Winkler was charged with shooting to death her minister husband, Matthew Winkler, in the parsonage of their church. In 2007 Mary Winkler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter.
Mar 24, In Iowa City, Iowa, a woman and her 4 children were found dead. The burned body of Steven Sueppel (42), the husband and father, was found soon after in a wrecked van. Sueppel had been indicted last month on charges of stealing some $560,000 from Hills Bank
Mar 24, Chechnya’sfirst lady, MedniKadyrova, displayed her Islamic fashion collection to a captivated audience in Dubai, faithful to the politics of her husband who has sought to impose Islamic dress codes in the Caucasus republic.