On This Day in History for March 20 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 148 of 148

  • 1979 Columbia flies on Shuttle carrier aircraft to Kennedy Space Center
  • 1980 The Mi Amigo ship containing England's pirate Radio Caroline sinks
  • 1980 US appeals to International Court on hostages in Iran
  • 1981 Argentine ex-president Isabel Peron sentenced to 8 years
  • 1981 Jean Harris sentenced 15-to-life for slaying of Scarsdale Diet Dr
  • 1982 1st-class debut of Richie Richardson, Leeward Is v Barbados
  • 1982 France performs nuclear test
  • 1982 Rev A Treurnicht forms Conservative Party of South Africa
  • 1984 Andy Kaufman & Fred Blassie's "My Breakfast With Blassie" premieres
  • 1984 Senate rejects amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools
  • 1985 Libby Riddles is 1st woman to win Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race
  • 1986 228 KPH gust of wind strikes Cairngorm (UK record)
  • 1986 Jacques Chirac forms French government
  • 1986 New York City passes its first lesbian and gay rights legislation
  • 1987 FDA approves sale of AZT (AIDS treatment)
  • 1987 NASA launches Palapa B2P
  • 1987 Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies' world record 5 km (7:20.36)
  • 1988 David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly," premieres in NYC
  • 1988 Eritrean War of Independence: Having defeated the Nadew Command, the Eritrean People's Liberation Front enters the town of Afabet, victoriously concluding the Battle of Afabet.
  • 1989 Richard J Kerr replaces Robert M Gates as deputy director of CIA
  • 1991 Court awards Peggy Lee $3 million in suit against Disney
  • 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

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1992 Noriega's wife Felicidad arrested for stealing buttons from dresses

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 1993 Dan Jansen skates world record 500m (36.02 sec)
  • 1993 IRA-bomb kills 3 year old in Warrington England
  • 1994 El Salvador's 1st pres election following 12-year-old civil war
  • 1994 Mashonaland U-24 beat Matabeleland on 1st inn to win Logan Cup
  • 1994 Wrestlemania X at Madison Square Garden NY, Bret Hart pins Yokozuna
  • 1994 Zulu-king Goodwill Zwelithini founds realm in South Africa
  • 1995 Dow-Jones hits 4083.68 (record)
  • 1995 Poison Gas released in Tokyo subway 12 killed, 4,700 injured
  • 1996 Erik & Lyle Menendez found guilty of killing their parents
  • 1996 UK admits humans can catch CJD (Mad Cow Disease)
  • 1997 Liggett admits cigarettes are addictive
  • 1997 Mens Figure Skating Championship in Lausanne won by Elvis Stojko (CAN)
  • 1999 Legoland California, the first and only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.
  • 2000 Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a former Black Panther once known as H. Rap Brown, is captured after a gun battle that leaves a Georgia sheriff's deputy dead.

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2000 Pope John Paul II visits Holy Land - Jordan, Israel, Palestine

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 2001 Petrobras 36 Oil Platform, the world's largest oil rig, sinks with 400,000 US gallons of fuel and crude oil aboard, after suffering three explosions on March 15

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2004 Stephen Harper wins the leadership of the newly created Conservative Party of Canada, becoming the party's first leader.

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • 2005 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Fukuoka, Japan, its first major quake in over 100 years. One person is killed, hundreds are injured and evacuated.
  • 2006 Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country's banana crop.
  • 2006 Over 150 Chadian soldiers are killed in eastern Chad by members of the rebel UFDC. The rebel movement sought to overthrow Chadian president Idriss Deby.
  • 2012 50 people are killed and 240 injured in a wave of terror attacks across 10 cities in Iraq
  • 2013 Pierre Deligne wins the 2013 Abel Prize in mathematics

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2016 Barak Obama becomes the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a 2 day tour

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 102 of 102

  • 1974 Andrzej Pilipiuk, Polish writer
  • 1984 Justine Ezarik, American Internet personality

Weddings in History

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Deaths in History

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