Historical Events on March 20 (Part 2)

  • 2013 First Breakthrough Prizes, world's most generous science prize worth $3 million, awarded in Mathematics, Life Sciences and Physics established by Julia and Yuri Milner
  • 2013 Pierre Deligne wins the 2013 Abel Prize in mathematics

Obama Visits Cuba

2016 Barack Obama becomes the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a 3 day tour

  • 2017 Indian rivers Yamuna and the Ganges declared "living entities" by court in the state of Uttarakhand

Film & TV History

2018 Actress Cynthia Nixon announces she will run for New York Governor

Meeting of Interest

2018 Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with US President Donald Trump at the White House

  • 2019 A woman who can smell Parkinson's disease has helped researchers identify molecules on the skin of people with the disease in Manchester, England
  • 2019 Finland is the world's happiest country, South Sudan is world's least happy, according to annual World Happiness Report
  • 2019 Four men arrested in South Korea for secretly filming 1,600 hotel guests and selling the footage via a website
  • 2019 Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts calls the state's flooding "the most widespread destruction we have ever seen in our state's history"

Film & TV History

2019 The Walt Disney Company acquires Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox entertainment business for $71 billion

Sports History

2020 After 20 years with the New England Patriots, six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady officially agrees to move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a 2-year $50m guaranteed deal

  • 2020 India hangs four men for 2012 gang rape and murder of woman on a bus in New Delhi, country's first hanging since 2013
  • 2020 Smoke from Australian bushfires killed more people than the fires - 417 vs 33 according to new study published in "Medical Journal of Australia"
  • 2021 Miami Beach imposes a state of emergency and a curfew as large crowds descend on the area for spring break
  • 2021 Overseas spectators will not be allowed to attend the Tokyo Summer Olympics due to the pandemic Japanese organizers confirm
  • 2021 Severe one-in-a-hundred-year flooding in Sydney and the surrounding state of New South Wales prompts evacuation orders
  • 2022 Intense fighting in Ukrainian city of Mariupol continues as Russian forces encircle the city, trapping 300,000 people [1]

Xi Visits Putin

2023 Chinese leader Xi Jinping visits Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Moscow, the first between the two since Russia invaded Ukraine a year ago [1]

  • 2023 Somalian drought may have killed 43,000 people in 2022, half of them children under five, according to new research presented by UNICEF in Mogadishu [1]
  • 2023 Sri Lanka receives bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) worth $2.9bn, amid its worst financial crisis since independence in 1948 [1]
  • 2023 UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says world has less than a decade to stop catastrophic warming: must reduce greenhouse gases by half by 2030, and cease adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by early 2050s [1]