On This Day: March 20th

This is 79th day of the year and 286 days remain in the year.

in history
The Dutch East India Company was established. During its 196-year history, it became one of the world's most powerful companies.
English physicist/astronomer Sir Isaac Newton died in London at age 84.
Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was published.
Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod.
Namibia becomes an independent nation.
Two members of the Japanese cult Aum Sinrikyo released poisonous gas in a Tokyo subway stop during rush hour, killing 12 people and sending over 5,000 to the hospital for treatment.
Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones became the first to fly a hot-air balloon nonstop around the world.
Ground troops entered Iraq and a second round of air strikes against Baghdad was launched.
March 20 BirthdaysHenrik IbsenPronunciation: [hen´rik ib´sun]
1828–1906, Norwegian dramatist and poet.
B. F. Skinnerpsychologist
Bobby Orrhockey player
Spike Leefilmmaker
Alfonso Garcia Roblesstatesman, Nobel Prize winner
Holly Hunteractress
Frederick W. Taylorindustrial engineer
Fred Rogerstelevision personality
Carl Reineractor, writer, director
William Hurtactor

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