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March 20th In Pop Culture History

1345 - According to scholars at the University of Paris, the Black Death was created today, from what they called "a triple conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars in the 40th degree of Aquarius, occurring on the 20th of March 1345." Actually, the bubonic plague came from infected fleas from sickened and dead rats.

1602 - The Dutch East India Company was established.

1852 - Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, was published.

1854 - In Ripon, Wisconsin, former members of the Whig Party formed the Republican Party.

1900 - Nikola Tesla received a US Patent (#645,576) for the wireless transmission of electric power.

1916 - Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity was published in Annalen der Physik.

1961 - #1 Hit March 20, 1961 - April 2, 1961: Elvis Presley - Surrender

March 20, 19** Birthday (fictional) Big Bird, Sesame Street

1971 - #1 Hit March 20, 1971 - April 2, 1971: Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee

1982 - Rock Guitarist Randy Rhodes died in a plane crash.

1982 - #1 Hit March 20, 1982 - May 7, 1982: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n' Roll

1985 - Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

1987 - The FDA approved the sale of AZT (azidothymidine)

1995 - The Aum Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth) cult released Sarin gas into the Tokyo subway system, killing a dozen people and sickening thousands.

2010 - #1 Hit March 20, 2010 - March 26, 2010: Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris - Break Your Heart

2014 - Broadway Show - Aladdin (Musical) March 20, 2014

March 20th
Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Holly Hunter (1958)
Spike Lee (1957)
Bobby Orr (1948)
Hal Linden (1931)
William Hurt (1950)
Carl Palmer (1950)
Mr. Fred Rogers (1928 - 2003)
David Thewlis (1963)
Jerry Reed (1937)
Carl Reiner (1922)
Typically the March equinox falls on this date, when both day and night are of equal length.


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