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This Day in History – March 20, 2011




0141 6th predicted perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet 1345 Saturn/Jupiter/Mars-conjunction; thought “cause of plague epidemic” 1760 Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings 1815 Napoleon enters Paris after escape from Elba, begins 100-day rule 1816 US Supreme Court affirms its right to review state court decisions 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 1897 1st known intercollegiate basketball game, Yale beats University of Pennsylvania 32-10 1920 1st flight from London to South Africa lands (1½ months) 1922 USS Langley is commissioned, Navy’s 1st aircraft Carrier 1933 Dachau, 1st concentration camp, completed 1934 Female Babe Didrickson pitches hitless inning for Philadelphia A’s in exhibition game against Brooklyn Dodgers 1942 General MacArthur vows, “I shall return” 1944 Mount Vesuvius, Italy explodes 1952 US Senate’s final ratification of peace treaty restoring sovereignty to Japan 1953 Senator Edwin C Johnson offers a bill to give clubs the sole right to ban radio-TV broadcasts of major league games in their own territory 1954 1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia Pennsylvania) 1958 50″ snow across the Mason-Dixon line 1968 President Lyndon Johnson signs a bill removing gold backing from US paper money 1969 Beatle John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar 1969 US President Nixon proclaims he will end Vietnam war in 1970 1976 Patricia Hearst convicted of armed robbery 1980 The Mi Amigo ship containing England’s pirate Radio Caroline sinks 1982 Joan Jett & Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” goes #1 for 7 weeks 1984 Senate rejects amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools 1989 Baseball announces Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation 1990 Los Angeles Lakers retire Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s #33 1990 Singer Gloria Estefan breaks her collarbone in a bus accident 1991 Michael Jackson signs $65M six 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 US forgives $2 billion in loans to Poland 1992 Janice Pennington is awarded $1.3M for accident on Price is Right set 1994 Wrestlemania X at Madison Square Garden New York, Bret Hart pins Yokozuna to win WWF championship 1995 Beatles song, “Free As A Bird”, with late John Lennon as lead singer, is released, 1st Fab Four single since their 1970 breakup 1996 UK admits humans can catch CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease aka Mad Cow Disease) 1997 Liggett admits cigarettes are addictive]]]]> ]]>

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