On this day..... March 20

1st Day of Spring

MARCH 20TH

  • TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL RAVIOLI DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • OVID (43 BC-18 AD)
  • OZZIE NELSON (1906-1975)
  • CARL REINER (1922, 96)
  • FRED ROGERS (1928-2003)
  • BOBBY ORR (1948, 70)
  • WILLIAM HURT (1950, 68)
  • SPIKE LEE (1957, 61)
  • HOLLY HUNTER (1958, 60)
  • KATHY IRELAND (1963, 55)
  • CHESTER BENNINGTON (1976-2017)
  • RUBY ROSE (1986, 32)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1727, SIR ISSAC NEWTON DIES AT 65
  • IN 1760, 350 BUILDINGS ARE DESTROYED IN THE GREAT FIRE OF BOSTON
  • IN 1774, THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT PASSES THE BOSTON PORT ACT WHICH CLOSES BOSTON HARBOR AS PUNISHMENT FOR THE BOSTON TEA PARTY
  • IN 1815, NAPOLEON RETURNS TO PARIS AFTER ESCAPING HIS PRISON ON ELBA AND TEMPORARILY REGAINS CONTROL OF FRANCE FOR 100 DAYS
  • IN 1841, EDGAR ALLAN POE RELEASES “THE MURDER IN THE RUE MORGUE”, CONSIDERED TO BE THE FIRST DETECTIVE NOVEL
  • IN 1852, HARRIET BEACHER STOWE PUBLISHES “UNCLE TOM’S CABIN” IN BOSTON
  • IN 1865, THE BATTLE OF BENTONVILLE IN NORTH CAROLINA ENTERS ITS SECOND DAY
  • IN 1897, YALE BEATS PENN IN THE FIRST KNOWN COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAME 32-10
  • IN 1899, MARTHA PLACE IS THE FIRST WOMAN EXECUTED VIA ELECTRIC CHAIR FOR MURDERING HER STEP DAUGHTER
  • IN 1907, TYPHOID MARY IS ARRESTED IN NEW YORK AFTER CAUSING 53 CASES OF TYPHOID WHILE WORKING AS A COOK
  • IN 1914, NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT HOSTS THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL FIGURE SKATING TOURNAMENT
  • IN 1930, COLONEL HARLAND SANDERS OPENS THE KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN COMPANY IN NORTH CORBIN, KENTUCKY
  • IN 1934, FAMED FEMALE GOLFER BABE DIDRICKSON PITCHES ONE HITLESS INNING IN AN EXHIBITION GAME BETWEEN THE PHILADELPHIA A’S AND THE BROOKLYN DODGERS
  • IN 1952, THE SENATE RATIFIES A PEACE TREATY RESTORING SOVEREIGNTY TO JAPAN
  • IN 1954, “THE KING & I” CLOSES ON BROADWAY AFTER A FOUR YEAR RUN
  • IN 1964, THE TEMPTATIONS RELEASE THEIR SELF TITLED DEBUT ALBUM
  • IN 1968, PRESIDENT JOHNSON REMOVES THE U.S. FROM THE GOLD STANDARD
  • IN 1969, JOHN LENNON MARRIES YOKO ONO IN GIBRALTAR, SPAIN
  • IN 1970, DAVID BOWIE MARRIES HIS FIRST WIFE ANGIE AT AGE 23
  • IN 1971, JANIS JOPLIN HITS #1 WITH “ME AND BOBBY MCGEE”
  • IN 1973, ROBERTO CLEMENTE IS ELECTED TO THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME ELEVEN WEEKS AFTER HIS DEATH
  • IN 1973, NBC DEBUTS “POLICE STORY”
  • IN 1976, PATTY HEARST IS CONVICTED OF ARMED ROBBERY
  • IN 1982, JOAN JETT BEGINS A SEVEN WEEK RUN AT #1 WITH “I LOVE ROCK & ROLL”
  • IN 1984, THE SENATE REJECTS A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED TO ALLOW SPOKEN PRAYERS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
  • IN 1986, NEW YORK CITY IS THE FIRST IN THE NATION TO PASS A GAY AND LESBIAN RIGHTS ORDINANCE
  • IN 1987, THE FDA APPROVES AZT AS A TREATMENT FOR HIV/AIDS
  • IN 1988, “M. BUTTERFLY” DEBUTS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1989, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ANNOUNCES THAT PETE ROSE IS BEING INVESTIGATED
  • IN 1990, GLORIA ESTEFAN AND HER BAND ARE IN A BUS ACCIDENT WHICH BREAKS HER COLLARBONE
  • IN 1991, ERIC CLAPTON’S FOUR YEAR OLD SON CONOR FALLS OUT OF A WINDOW ON THE 53RD FLOOR OF A BUILDING TO HIS DEATH
  • IN 1991, PEGGY LEE SUCCESSFULLY SUES DISNEY FOR OVER $3 MILLION FOR RELEASING “LADY AND THE TRAMP” ON VIDEOCASSETTE WITHOUT HER PERMISSION OR PAYING HER ROYALTIES
  • IN 1991, MICHAEL JACKSON SIGNS A $65 MILLION SIX ALBUM DEAL WITH SONY
  • IN 1991, THE SUPREME COURT RULES THAT IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL TO DENY WOMEN THE RIGHT TO WORK IN CONDITIONS WHERE TOXIC CHEMICALS COULD POTENTIALLY DAMAGE A FETUS
  • IN 1992, MODEL JANICE PENNINGTON WINS $1.3 MILLION IN A LAWSUIT AGAINST “THE PRICE IS RIGHT” FOR DAMAGES FROM AN ACCIDENT ON SET
  • IN 1992, MANUEL NOREIGA’S WIFE IS ARRESTED FOR STEALING BUTTONS OFF DRESSES
  • IN 1995, 12 PEOPLE ARE KILLED AND 4,500 ARE INJURED BY POISON GAS RELEASED ON A JAPANESE SUBWAY
  • IN 1996, THE MENENDEZ TWINS ARE FOUND GUILTY OF MURDERING THEIR PARENTS
  • IN 1996, BRITISH AUTHORITIES ADMIT HUMANS CAN CATCH MAD COW DISEASE
  • IN 1999, THE FIRST AMERICAN LEGO LAND OPENS IN CALIFORNIA
  • IN 2012, DISNEY RELEASES “JOHN CARTER” WHICH GOES ON TO LOSE OVER $200 MILLION, ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOVIE FLOPS IN HISTORY
  • IN 2016, PRESIDENT OBAMA ARRIVES IN CUBA, THE FIRST AMERICAN PRESIDENT TO VISIT THE ISLAND SINCE 1928
  • IN 2018, “SEX IN THE CITY” ACTRESS CYNTHIA NIXON ANNOUNCES SHE WILL RUN FOR GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK

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