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Births, Deaths, and Events for 20 March

About This Day

     This is day 79 of the year 2019.
     There are 286 days left to 2019.

Thought For The Day

     "Let he who takes the plunge remember to return it by Tuesday."



1811   Napoleon Bonaparte II - Napoleon's son/King of Rome
1828   Henrik Ibsen - Norway, dramatist (Peer Gynt, Hedda Gabler)
1902   Edgar Buchanan - Humansville, MO, actor (Uncle Joe-Petticoat Junction)
1902   Kathryn Forbes - short story writer (Mama's Bank Account)
1904   B(urrhus) F(rederic) Skinner - Susquehanna, PA, Behaviorism pioneer (Skinner box)
1906   Ozzie Nelson - Jersey City, NJ, actor (Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet)
1918   Jack Barry - Lindenhurst, NY, game show emcee (Joker's Wild)
1920   Werner Klemperer - Cologne, Germany, actor (Colonel Klink-Hogan's Heroes)
1920   Marian McPartland - jazz pianist (Bill Mayer, Jimmy McPartland)
1922   Carl Reiner - Bronx, NY, comedian/actor (2000 Year Old Man, Dick Van Dyke Show)
1925   John D. Erlichman - Politician (Nixon aide, Watergate conspirator)
1928   Mr. [Fred McFeely] Rogers - Latrobe, PA, children's television host (Mr Roger's Neighborhood)
1931   Hal Linden [Harold Lipshitz] - Bronx, NY, actor (Barney Miller, Blacke's Magic, Rothchild)
1937   Jerry Reed - Atlanta, GA, singer/actor ('Gator, Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit)
1947   Carl Palmer - drummer (Asia-Heat of the Moment, Emerson Lake & Palmer)
1950   William Hurt - Washington, D.C., actor (Big Chill, Children of a Lesser God)
1957   Spike Lee - Atlanta, GA, director (Mo Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X)
1958   Holly Hunter - Conyers, GA, actress (The Piano, Broadcast News, Roe vs Wade)



1727   Sir Issac Newton - English physicist/astronomer, dies in London at 84
1933   Giuseppe [Joe] Zangara - electrocuted for assassination attempt on FDR
1967   A.J.F. Moody - 1st US Army General to die in Vietnam
1974   Chet Huntley - newscaster (NBC Huntley-Brinkley Report), dies at 62
1991   Conor Clapton - Eric Clapton's son, falls out of 53rd floor window at 4
1993   Jonathan Ball - English youngster, killed by IRA at 3



   Proposal Day and Festival Of Extraterrestrial Abductions Day
1345   Saturn/Jupiter/Mars-conjunction; thought "cause of plague epidemic"
1616   Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana
1815   Napoleon enters Paris after escape from Elba, begins 100-day rule
1852   Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin published (Boston)
1868   Jesse James Gang robs bank in Russelville, KY, of $14,000
1886   1st AC power plant in US begins commercial operation, Massachusetts
1933   Dachau, 1st concentration camp, completed
1942   General MacArthur vows, "I shall return" (he does)
1944   Mount Vesuvius, Italy, explodes
1952   US Senate's final ratification of peace treaty restoring sovereignty to Japan
1954   1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia, Pennsylvania)
1964   ESRO established, European Space Research Organization
1968   President Lyndon Johnson signs a bill removing gold backing from US paper money
1969   US President Nixon proclaims he will end Vietnam war in 1970
1969   Beatle John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar
1976   Patricia Hearst convicted of armed robbery
1979   Columbia flies on Shuttle carrier aircraft to Kennedy Space Center
1980   US appeals to International Court on hostages in Iran
1981   Argentine ex-President Isabel Perón sentenced to 8 years
1986   Jacques Chirac become Prime Minister of French government
1987   FDA approves sale of AZT (AIDS treatment)
1990   Singer Gloria Estefan breaks her collarbone in a bus accident
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
1995   Beatles song, "Free As A Bird", with late John Lennon as lead singer, is released, 1st Fab Four single since their 1970 breakup
1995   Poison Gas released in Tokyo subway 12 killed, 4,700 injured
1996   Erik & Lyle Menendez found guilty of killing their parents
1996   UK admits humans can catch CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease aka Mad Cow Disease)



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