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Today is Monday, March 24, the 84th day of 2008. There are 282 days left in the year.

Highlight in History: In 1958, rock-and-roll singer Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army in Memphis, Tenn. (After nearly six months of basic training at Fort Hood, Texas, Presley was posted to Friedberg, West Germany; he was honorably discharged in 1960.)

The Valley Then: In 1936, sightseers caused traffic jams on Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, as the bridge re-opened following a devastating flood.

On this date: In 1765, Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.

In 1882, German scientist Robert Koch announced in Berlin that he had discovered the bacillus responsible for tuberculosis.

In 1934, President Roosevelt signed a bill granting future independence to the Philippines.

In 1944, in occupied Rome, the Nazis executed more than 300 civilians in reprisal for an attack by Italian partisans the day before that had killed 32 German soldiers.

In 1989, the nation’s worst oil spill occurred as the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and began leaking 11 million gallons of crude.

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