March 20


1854 – The Republican Party was organized in Ripon, WI. About 50 slavery opponents began the political group.

1865 – A plan by John Wilkes Booth to abduct President Abraham Lincoln was ruined when Lincoln changed his plans and did not appear at the Soldier’s Home near Washington, DC.

1885 – John Matzeliger of Suriname patented the shoe lacing machine.

1886 – The first AC power plant in the U.S. began commercial operation.

1891 – The first computing scale company was incorporated in Dayton, OH.

1897 – The first intercollegiate basketball game that used five players on each team was held. The game was between Yale and Pennsylvania. Yale won by a score of 32-10.

1914 – The first international figure skating championship was held in New Haven, CT.

1916 – Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity.

1922 – The USS Langley (CV-1) was commissioned. It was the first aircraft carrier for the U.S. Navy.

1963 – The first “Pop Art” exhibit began in New York City.

1972 – 19 mountain climbers were killed on Japan’s Mount Fuji during an avalanche.

1976 – Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her role in the hold up of a bank in San Francisco, CA.

1980 – The U.S. made an appeal to the International Court concerning the American Hostages in Iran.

1984 – The Senate rejected an amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools.

1985 – For the first time in its 99-year history, Avon representatives received a salary. Previously, they had been paid only commissions.

1985 – Libby Riddles won the 1,135-mile Anchorage-to-Nome dog race becoming the first woman to win the Iditarod.

1986 – Fallon Carrington and Jeff Colby were wed on the TV drama “The Colby’s”. “The Colby’s” was an spin-off of the television show “Dynasty”.

1987 – The Food and Drug Administration approved AZT. The drug was proven to slow the progress of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

1989 – It was announced that Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose was under investigation.

1990 – The Los Angeles Lakers retired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s #33.

1990 – Gloria Estefan and her band are injured in a bus accident near Scranton, PA.

1991 – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that employers could not exclude women from jobs where exposure to toxic chemicals could potentially damage a fetus.

1991 – Eric Clapton’s 4 year old son, Conor, died after falling from a 53rd story New York City apartment window.

1992 – Model Janice Pennington was awarded $1.3 million for an accident on the set of the television game show “The Price is Right”.

1996 – In Los Angeles, brothers Erik and Lyle Menendez were found guilty of first-degree murder for killing their parents.

1996 – The U.K. announced that humans could catch CJD (Mad Cow Disease) after the disease killed 10 people.

1997 – Brian Grazer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1997 – Liggett Group, the maker of Chesterfield cigarettes, settled 22 state lawsuits by admitting the industry marketed cigarettes to teenagers and agreed to place a warning on every pack that smoking is addictive.

1999 – Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones became the first men to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon. The non-stop trip began on March 3 and covered 26,500 miles.

1999 – Legoland California, the first Legoland outside of Europe, opened Carlsbad, CA.

2000 – 52 missing Oscar statuettes were found in a trash bin.

2002 – Actress Pamela Anderson disclosed that she had hepatitis C.

2002 – Arthur Andersen pleaded innocent to charges that it had shredded documents and deleted computer files related to the energy company Enron.

2003 – Cisco Systems Inc. announced it was buying The Linksys Group Inc. for $500 million in stock.

2003 – The war in Iraq begins as the United States launches operation “Iraqi Freedom”. The predawn air strike targeted Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi leaders in Baghdad.

2005 – After sexually explicit audio recordings of Pat O’Brien appeared on the Internet, the host of the television show “The Insider” announced he was checking himself into an alcohol rehab facility.

2006 – Donald Trump’s third wife gave birth to his fifth child, a boy they name Barron William Trump.



Dame Vera Lynn 1917 – Singer

Larry Elgart 1922 -Bandleader (recorded the original rendition of “Bandstand Boogie”, theme to the long-running TV show “American Bandstand”)

Carl Reiner 1922 – Director, producer, actor (TV’s “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, “The Jerk”, “The Man With Two Brains”, “Ocean’s Eleven”, “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid”)

Hal Linden 1931 – Actor (TV’s “Barney Miller”)

Robin Luke 1942 – Singer (“Susie Darlin'”)

Paul Junger Witt 1943 – Producer (TV’s “Here Come the Brides”, “The Partridge Family”, “The Golden Girls”, “Soap”, “Benson”, “Empty Nest”, “Blossom”, movies “Dead Poets Society”, “Three Kings”, “Insomnia”)

Pat Riley 1945 – Basketball player, coach

Ranger Doug 1946 – Musician (Riders in the Sky)

Bobby Orr 1948 – Hockey player

Carl Palmer 1950 – Musician (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia)

William Hurt 1950 – Actor (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”, “Broadcast News”, “Children of a Lesser God”, “A History of Violence”, “Robin Hood”, “The Incredible Hulk”, “The Accidental Tourist”, “Lost in Space”, “Into the Wild”, “Changing Lanes”, “The Big Chill”, “Body Heat”, “Altered States”, TV’s “Damages”)

Jimmy Vaughn 1951 – Musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds)

Spike Lee 1957 – Movie director (“Do the Right Thing”, “Inside Man”, “She’s Gotta Have It”, “25th Hour”, “The Original Kings of Comedy”, “Bamboozled”, “Malcolm X”, “Jungle Fever”, “School Daze”)

Theresa Russell 1957 – Actress (“Black Widow”, “Kafka”, “Spider-Man 3”, “Wild Things”, “The Box”, “The Believer”)

Vanessa Bell Calloway 1957 – Actress (“Coming to America”, “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, “The Inkwell”, “Crimson Tide”, “Daylight”, TV’s “Under One Roof”, “Hawthorne”, “Shameless”)

Holly Hunter 1958 – Actress (“The Piano”, “Broadcast News”, “Thirteen”, “The Firm”)

Slim Jim Phantom 1961 – Musician (The Stray Cats)

Kathy Ireland 1963 – Model, actress

Liza Snyder 1968 – Actress (TV’s “Yes, Dear”)

Michael Rapaport 1970 – Actor (TV’s “Boston Public”, “Prison Break”, “The War at Home”, movies “Small Time Crooks”, “Mighty Aphrodite”, “Higher Learning”, “Zebrahead”)

Alexander Chaplin 1971 – Actor (TV’s “Spin City”, “Scrubs”)

Chester Bennington 1976 – Singer (Linkin Park)

Bianca Lawson 1979 – Actress (TV’s “Queen Sugar”, “Saved by the Bell: The New Class”, “Goode Behavior”, “Pretty Little Liars”, “Rogue”, “Sister, Sister”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “The Steve Harvey Show”, “Dawson’s Creek”, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, “The Vampire Diaries”, “Teen Wolf”, “Witches of East End”)



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