March 20. There are 286 days left this year. Here’s what we have for today…
1760 – The “Great Fire” of Boston, Massachusetts, destroys 349 buildings.
1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin is published.
1914 – In New Haven, Connecticut, the first international figure skating championship takes place.
1916 – Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity.
1922 – The USS Langley (CV-1) is commissioned as the first United States Navy aircraft carrier.
1923 – The Arts Club of Chicago hosts the opening of Pablo Picasso‘s first United States showing, entitled Original Drawings by Pablo Picasso, becoming an early proponent of modern art in the United States.
1933 – Giuseppe Zangara is executed in Florida‘s electric chair for fatally shooting Anton Cermak in an assassination attempt against President-Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1942 – World War II: General Douglas MacArthur, at Terowie, South Australia, makes his famous speech regarding the fall of the Philippines, in which he says: “I came out of Bataan and I shall return”.
1952 – The United States Senate ratifies a peace treaty with Japan.
1987 – The Food and Drug Administration approves the anti-AIDS drug, AZT.
1990 – Ferdinand Marcos‘s widow, Imelda Marcos, goes on trial for bribery, embezzlement, and racketeering.
2000 – Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a former Black Panther once known as H. Rap Brown, is captured after murdering Georgia sheriff’s deputy Ricky Kinchen and critically wounding Deputy Aldranon English.
2003 – 2003 invasion of Iraq: In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries begin military operations in Iraq.
1811 – Napoleon II, Emperor of the French and King of Rome (d. 1832)
1922 – Carl Reiner, American film director
1925 – John Ehrlichman, American political figure (d. 1999)
1928 – Fred Rogers, American TV host (d. 2003)
1931 – Hal Linden, American actor
1937 – Jerry Reed, American singer and actor (d. 2008)
1945 – Pat Riley, American basketball player and coach
1950 – William Hurt, American actor
1957 – Spike Lee, American film director
1958 – Holly Hunter, American actress
1963 – Kathy Ireland, American model and actress
1970 – Michael Rapaport, American actor
1413 – King Henry IV of England (b. 1367)