What Happened on March 20

Historical Events

  • 1602 United Dutch East Indian Company (VOC) forms
  • 1815 Napoleon enters Paris after escape from Elba, begins 100-day rule
  • 1890 German Emperor Wilhelm II fires republic chancellor Otto Von Bismarck
  • 1900 US Secretary of State John Hay announces that all nations to whom he sent notes calling for an 'open door' policy in China have essentially accepted his stand.
  • 1933 Dachau, 1st Nazi concentration camp, completed
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Did You Know?

Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" published (Boston)

On March 20, 1852

Famous Weddings

  • 1848 King Louis I of Bayern abdicates to marry dancer Lola Montez
  • 1963 Sikkim crown prince Paldan Thondup Namgyal marries Hope Cooke
  • 1969 Beatle John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar
  • 1970 Singer David Bowie (23) weds model Angie Bowie (20) at Bromley Register Office in Beckenham Lane, London
  • 1976 Rocker Alice Cooper (28) weds choreographer Sheryl Goddard in Acapulco, Mexico

Famous Divorces

  • 2009 "Dawson's Creek" actor Kerr Smith (37) divorces actress Harmoni Everett (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 6 years of marriage
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