March 20 Events in History - March 20 Birthdays - March 20 Deaths



2013 Zillur Rahman, age 84, the President of Bangladesh, dies in office after a long illness at a hospital in Singapore; the government declared three days of mourning
2012 The movie 'John Carter' becomes one of the biggest losses in film history; Disney takes a $200 million writedown on the film
2012 A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes near the border of Mexico's states Guerrero and Oaxaca
2011 In Morocco, thousands rally to demand and end to corruption and more civil rights for the Moroccan people
2011 Exiles in Tibet vote for a new Prime Minister, and also for 43 members of the Tibetan parliament
2010 Nepal declares a national day of mourning in honor of Girija Prasad Koirala, the 'elder statesman of South Asia' who dies in Kathmandu at age 86
2005 Magnitude 7 earthquake strikes west of Kyushu Island, Japan
2003 United States, Briain, Australia and Poland invade Iraq without United Nations sanction
1997 "Play On!," opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater New York City for 61 performances
1997 Liggett admits cigarettes are addictive
1997 Mens Figure Skating Championship in Lausanne won by Elvis Stojko (CAN)
1996 "Love Thy Neighbor," opens at Booth Theater New York City
1996 Erik and Lyle Menendez found guilty of killing their parents
1996 U.K. admits humans can catch CJD (Mad Cow Disease)
1995 Dow-Jones hits 4083.68 (record)
1995 Poison Gas released in Tokyo subway 12 killed, 4,700 injured
1995 Beatles song, "Baby It's You," with late John Lennon as lead singer, is released, 1st Fab Four single in more than 30 years
1994 "Cyrano - The Musical" closes at Neil Simon New York City after 137 performances
1994 "Flowering Peach" opens at Lyceum Theater New York City for 41 performances
1994 "No Man's Land" closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 61 performances
1994 14th Golden Raspberry Awards: Indecent Proposal wins
1994 Brett Hart wins WWF championship at Wrestlemania X
1994 El Salvador's 1st President election following 12-year-old civil war
1994 Laura Davies wins LPGA Standard Register Ping Golf Tournament
1994 Mashonaland U-24 beat Matabeleland on 1st inn to win Logan Cup
1994 Wrestlemania X at MSG NY, Bret Hart pins Yokozuna
1994 Zulu-king Goodwill Zwelithini founds realm in South Africa
1993 Dan Jansen skates world record 500m (36.02 sec)
1993 IRA-bomb kills 3 year old in Warrington England
1993 Morton Downey, Jr. weds Lori Krebs
1992 Janice Pennington is awarded $1.3M for accident on Price is Right set
1992 Noriega's wife Felicidad arrested for stealing buttons from dresses
1991 Court awards Peggy Lee $3 million in suit against Disney
1991 Michael Jackson signs $65M 6 album deal with Sony records
1991 Supreme Court rules unanimously employers can't exclude women from jobs where exposure to toxic chemicals could potentially damage fetus
1991 U.S. forgives $2 billion in loans to Poland
1990 Los Angeles Lakers retires Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's #33
1990 Singer Gloria Estefan breaks her collarbone in a bus accident
1989 Baseball announces Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation
1989 Richard J. Kerr replaces Robert M. Gates as deputy director of CIA
1988 David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly," premieres in New York City
1988 Laura Davies wins Circle K LPGA Tucson Golf Open
1988 Mike Tyson KOs Tony Tubbs in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
1987 FDA approves sale of AZT (AIDS treatment)
1987 NASA launches Palapa B2P
1987 Soap opera "Capitol" final episode
1987 Soviet filmmakers arrive in Hollywood for an entertainment summit
1987 Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies world record 5 km (7:20.36)
1986 228 KPH gust of wind strikes Cairngorm (U.K. record)
1986 Jacques Chirac forms French government
1985 Libby Riddles is 1st woman to win Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race
1984 Andy Kaufman and Fred Blassie's "My Breakfast With Blassie" premieres
1984 Senate rejects amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools
1983 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
1982 1st-class debut of Richie Richardson, Leeward Is vs. Barbados
1982 France performs nuclear test
1982 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" goes #1 for 7 wks
1982 Reverend A Treurnicht forms Conservative Party of South Africa
1981 Argentine ex-president Isabel Peron sentenced to 8 years
1981 Jean Harris sentenced 15-to-life for slaying of Scarsdale Diet Dr
1980 U.S. appeals to International Court on hostages in Iran
1979 Columbia flies on Shuttle carrier aircraft to Kennedy Space Center
1978 Flyers' Rick MacLeash scores on 6th penalty shot against Islanders
1977 Communists/socialists win French municipal elections
1977 Parisians elect former Prime Minister Jacques Chirac as 1st mayor in a century
1977 Premier Indira Gandhi loses election in India
1976 Jevgeni Kulikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.70)
1976 Patricia Hearst convicted of armed robbery
1973 Roberto Clemente elected to Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death
1972 19 mountain climbers killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche
1972 S Mansholt succeeds Malfatti as chairman of European Committee
1971 Boston Bruins win 13th straight NHL game
1969 Abebe Bikila's auto-accident, near Addis Ababa
1969 Beatle John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar
1969 U.S. president Nixon proclaims he will end Vietnam war in 1970
1968 Lyndon Baines Johnson signs a bill removing gold backing from U.S. paper money
1968 Military intervene in South-Yemen (leftist ministers resign)
1967 Supremes release "The Happening"
1967 WOET (now WPTD) TV channel 16 in Dayton, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
1966 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA St. Petersburg Women's Golf Open
1965 27th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Michigan 91-80
1965 Venkataraghavan takes 8-72 vs. New Zealand at Delhi
1964 ESRO established, European Space Research Organization
1963 1st "Pop Art" exhibition (New York City)
1963 Sikkim crown prince Paldan Thondup Namgyal marries Hope Cooke
1962 Sjoukje Dijkstra becomes world champion figure skater
1958 50" snow across the Mason-Dixon line
1958 Clandestine Burasi Bizim Radio (communist) begins transmitting
1958 Greek Clandestine Radio (communist), Voice of Truth 1st transmission
1957 Britain accepts NATO offer to mediate in Cyprus, but Greece rejects it
1956 156-day strike against Westinghouse ends
1956 E Ochab succeeds Beirut as 1st secretary of Polish CP
1956 Mount Bezymianny on Kamchatka Peninsula (U.S.S.R.) explodes
1956 Tunisia gains independence from France
1956 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
1956 Union workers ended a 156-day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corp
1955 KXTV TV channel 10 in Sacramento, California (CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 "King and I" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 1246 performances
1954 16th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: La Salle beats Bradley 92-76
1954 1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia Pennsylvania)
1952 24th Academy Awards - "American in Paris," H Bogart and Vivian Leigh win
1952 Final ratification of peace treaty restoring sovereignty to Japan
1952 U.S. senate ratifies peace treaty with Japan
1951 Indonesian army offensive against Darul Islam on Java
1948 1st live televised musical Eugene Ormandy on CBS followed in 90
1948 20th Academy Awards - "Gentleman's Agreement," L Young, R Colman win minutes by 2nd live televised musical Arturo Toscvanni on NBC
1947 180-metric ton blue whale (record) caught in South Atlantic
1946 Belgian government of Spaak, resigns
1945 U.S. 70th Infantry division/7th Armour division attack Saar
1944 Bus falls off bridge into Passaic River New Jersey, killing 16
1944 Mount Vesuvius, Italy explodes
1943 British offensive against Mareth-line
1943 German U-384 bombed and sinks
1942 Convoy PQ13 departs Reykjavik Iceland to Russia
1942 General MacArthur vows, "I shall return"
1942 Major German assault on Malta
1941 Nazi-German/Yugoslav pact drawn
1940 Paul Reynoud becomes French premier
1939 7,000 Jews flee German occupied Memel Lithuania
1937 Franco-offensive at Guadalajara Spain
1935 "Your Hit Parade" made its debut on radio
1934 Rudolf Kuhnold demonstrates radar in Kiel Germany
1934 Test of practical radar apparatus made by Rudolf Kuhnold in Germany
1934 Female Babe Didrickson pitches hitless inning for Philadelphia A's in exhibition game against Brooklyn Dodgers
1933 Dachau, 1st concentration camp, completed
1932 Kara-Kalpak Autonomous Region in RSFSR becomes Kara-Kalpak ASSR
1931 Bishop Schreiber warns against national-socialism in Berlin
1930 Clessie Cummins sets diesel engine speed record of 129.39 kph
1924 Finnair begins scheduled flight of Helsinki-Tallinn
1924 Stanley Cup: Mont Canadiens (NHL) sweep Vanc Millionaires (PCHA) in 2
1923 Bavarian minister of Interior refuses to forbid Nazi SA
1923 Belgian Senate rejects Dutch University in Ghent
1922 USS Langley is commissioned, Navy's 1st aircraft Carrier
1922 WIP-AM in Philadelphia Pennsylvania begins radio transmissions
1920 1st flight from London to South Africa lands (1 month)
1920 U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld
1920 U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
1916 Allies attack Zeebrugge Belgium
1914 1st international figure-skating tournament held in U.S., New Haven
1911 National Squash Tennis Association forms (New York City)
1911 Winter Garden Theater opens at 1634 Broadway New York City
1906 George B. Shaws "Captain Brassbound's Conversion," premieres in London
1897 1st U.S. orthodox Jewish Rabbinical seminary (RIETS) incorporates in New York
1897 1st known intercollegiate basketball game, Yale beats Penn 32-10
1897 France signs treaty with emperor Menelik II of Abyssinia
1896 Marines land in Nicaragua to protect U.S. citizens
1896 Uprising in Matabeleland
1890 General Federation of Womans' Clubs founded
1890 German emperor Wilhelm II fires republic chancellor Otto Von Bismarck
1888 Start of the Sherlock Holmes Adventure, "A Scandal in Bohemia"
1886 1st AC power plant in U.S. begins commercial operation, Massachusetts
1885 John Matzeliger of Suriname patents shoe lacing machine
1885 Yiddish theater opens in New York with Golldfaden operetta
1883 Unity treaty of Paris signed: protects industrial property
1868 Jesse James Gang robs bank in Russelville Kentucky of $14,000
1865 2nd day of Battle of Bentonville North Carolina
1865 Michigan authorizes workers' cooperatives
1863 Battle of Pensacola Florida - evacuated by Federals
1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" published (Boston)
1848 King Louis I of Bayern abdicates to marry dancer Lola Montez
1833 U.S. and Siam sign commercial treaty
1816 U.S. Supreme Court affirms its right to review state court decisions
1815 Napoleon enters Paris after escape from Elba, begins 100-day rule
1814 Prince Willem Frederik becomes monarch of Netherlands
1800 French army defeats Turks at Helipolis Turkey, and advance to Cairo
1760 Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings
1697 Willem de Vlamingh returns to Batavia after exploring "South Land"
1627 France and Spain signs accord for fighting protestantism
1616 Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana
1602 United Dutch East Indian Company (VOC) forms
1598 French king Henri IV and duke van Mercour sign treaty
1569 Duke van Alva leads "tenth penning" in Ponts the Ce
1525 Paris' parliament begins pursuit of Protestants
1345 Saturn/Jupiter/Mars-conjunction: thought "cause of plague epidemic"
141 6th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet











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