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3/20/2020 12:13:00 AM
Today In History - March 20
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Today in History in 1602 the United Dutch East Indian Company was formed; in 1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was published in Boston; and in 1942 General MacArthur vowed, “I shall return.”

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1602 - United Dutch East Indian Company (VOC) forms
  • 1616 - Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana
  • 1815 - Napoleon enters Paris after escape from Elba, begins 100-day rule
  • 1852 - Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" published (Boston)
  • 1868 - Jesse James Gang robs bank in Russelville, Kentucky, of $14,000
  • 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.
  • 1917 - After the sinking of 3 more American merchant ships, US President Wilson meets with cabinet, who agree that war in inevitable
  • 1933 - Dachau, 1st Nazi concentration camp, completed
  • 1942 - Gen MacArthur vows, "I shall return"
  • 2012 - Disney movie John Carter records one of the largest losses in cinema history with a $200 million dollar write down

1 - Jackie Dameron Farm Bureau

Famous Birthdays

  • 1828 - Henrik Ibsen, Norway, playwright (Peer Gynt, Hedda Gabler)
  • 1906 - Ozzie Nelson, American actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1922 - Carl Reiner, Bronx, comedian (2000 Year Old Man, Dick Van Dyke Show)
  • 1928 - Fred Rogers, Latrobe PA, children's TV host (Mr Rogers' Neighborhood)
  • 1931 - Hal Linden, [Harold Lipshitz], actor (Barney Miller, Blacke's Magic)
  • 1937 - Jerry Reed, singer/actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1957 - Spike Lee [Shelton Jackson Lee], Atlanta, Florida, American film director (Mo Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X)
  • 1958 - Holly Hunter, Conyers Georgia, American actress (Broadcast News, The Piano)

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
  • 1976 - Rocker Alice Cooper (28) weds choreographer Sheryl Goddard in Acapulco, Mexico
  • 1993 - Talk show host Morton Downey Jr (59) weds producer Lori Krebs (29) in Bellmore, New York

Famous Divorces

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

Famous Deaths

  • 1568 - Albert of Prussia, 1st Duke of Prussia, dies at 77
  • 1994 - Lewis Grizzard, American humorist (b. 1946)
  • 1997 - Grace Hefner, mother of Hugh Hefner (Playboy), dies at 101
  • 2004 - Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (b. 1909)

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