What Happened on March 20

Significant Events

  • 1602 United Dutch East Indian Company (VOC) forms
  • 1800 Alessandro Volta reports his discovery of the electric battery in a letter to Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society of London
  • 1815 Napoleon enters Paris after escape from Elba, begins 100-day rule
  • 1890 German Emperor Wilhelm II fires 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 the first Nazi concentration camp, is completed
  • 2016 Barack Obama becomes the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a 2 day tour
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Did You Know?

Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" published in Boston

On March 20, 1852

Would You Believe?

Indian rivers Yamuna and the Ganges declared "living entities" by court in the state of Uttarakhand

On March 20, 2017

Famous Weddings

  • 1848 King Louis I of Bayern abdicates to marry dancer Lola Montez
  • 1878 53rd UK Prime Minister Archibald Primrose (31) weds heiress Hannah de Rothschild (27) at the Board of Guardians in Mount Street, London
  • 1934 Vietnam emperor Bảo Đại (20) weds empress Nam Phương (19) at the imperial city of Huế
  • 1963 Sikkim crown prince Paldan Thondup Namgyal marries Hope Cooke
  • 1969 Beatle John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar

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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