Today in History March 20

1760  The Great Fire of Boston
141 – 6th recorded 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
1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’sUncle Tom’s Cabin” published
1861 – An earthquake completely destroys Mendoza, Argentina.
1890 – German emperor Wilhelm II fires republic Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck
1896 – Marines land in Nicaragua to protect US citizens
1920 – First flight from London to South Africa lands. The journey took 1½ months.
1934 – Rudolf Kuhnold demonstrates radar in Kiel Germany
1944 – Mount Vesuvius, Italy, erupts
1947 – 180 tonne blue whale (a record) caught in South Atlantic
1954 – First newspaper vending machine used (Columbia, Pennsylvania)
1968 – LBJ signs a bill removing gold backing from US paper money
1969 – Nixon proclaims he will end Vietnam war in 1970
1976 – Patricia Hearst convicted of armed robbery
1997 – Liggett admits cigarettes are addictive
Ovid

Births

43 BC – Ovid, Roman poet (d. 17)
1828 – Henrik Ibsen, Norway, playwright (Peer Gynt, Hedda Gabler)
1873 – Sergei V Rachmaninov, Russian/US pianist/composer (Aleko)
1906 – Abraham Beame, (Mayor-D-NYC)
1922 – Carl Reiner, (2000 Year Old Man, Dick Van Dyke Show)
1925 – John D Erlichman, Nixon aide
1952 – Geoff Brabham, Australian racing driver
Deaths
1413 – King Henry IV of England (1399-1413) dies at 45
1933 – Giuseppe Zangara, electrocuted for assassination attempt on FDR
1962 – Andrew E Douglass, Dendrochronologer (Study of Tree Rings), dies
Various internet sources and searches are used in the making of this document.

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