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Tuesday, March 20th 2018

Today is the 79th day of 2018.  There are 286 days left in this year.

What Happened On This Day In History?

1815 Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris, beginning his ''Hundred Days'' rule.
1816 The Supreme Court affirmed its right to review state court decisions.
1856 Harriet Beecher Stowe's influential novel about slavery, ``Uncle Tom's Cabin,'' was first published.
1896 U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua to protect U.S. citizens in the wake of a revolution.
1899 Martha M. Place of Brooklyn, N.Y., became the first woman to be executed in the electric chair. She was put to death at Sing Sing for the murder of her stepdaughter.
1969 John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.
1976 Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her part in a San Francisco bank holdup.
1987 The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of AZT, a drug shown to prolong the lives of some AIDS patients.
1990 Namibia became an independent nation, marking the end of 75 years of South African rule.
1993 Russian President Boris Yeltsin declared emergency rule, setting a referendum on whether the people trusted him or the hard-line Congress to govern.
1995 In Tokyo, 12 people were killed, more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin leaked on five separate subway trains.
1996 A jury in Los Angeles convicted Erik and Lyle Menendez of first-degree murder in the shotgun slayings of their millionaire parents.
1997 Liggett Group, the maker of Chesterfield cigarettes, settled 22 state lawsuits by agreeing to warn on every pack that smoking is addictive and admitting the industry markets cigarettes to teen-agers.
1999 Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland and Brian Jones of Britain became the first aviators to fly a hot-air balloon around the world nonstop.
1999 The Yugoslav army, taking advantage of the departure of international monitors from Kosovo, launched a furious offensive against outgunned ethnic Albanian rebels.
2000 Former Black Panther Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, once known as H. Rap Brown, was captured in Alabama; he was wanted in the fatal shooting of a sheriff's deputy.

Died on this day

1413 England's King Henry IV died; he was succeeded by Henry V.
1727 Sir Isaac Newton - physicist, mathematician and astronomer - died in London.
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