About March 20

March 20, 2021 is the 79th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 286 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Pisces is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 318 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On March 20

  • 1602
    The Dutch East India Company is established.
  • 1760
    The “Great Fire” of Boston, Massachusetts, destroys 349 buildings.
  • 1815
    After escaping from Elba, Napoleon enters Paris with a regular army of 140,000 and a volunteer force of around 200,000, beginning his “Hundred Days” rule.
  • 1852
    Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin is published.
  • 1861
    An earthquake completely destroys Mendoza, Argentina.
  • 1913
    Sung Chiao-jen, a founder of the Chinese Nationalist Party, is wounded in an assassination attempt and dies 2 days later.
  • 1916
    Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity.
  • 1922
    The USS Langley is commissioned as the first United States Navy aircraft carrier.
  • 1933
    Giuseppe Zangara is executed in Florida’s electric chair for fatally shooting Anton Cermak in an assassination attempt against President 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”.
  • 1951
    Fujiyoshida, a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, in the center of the Japanese main island of Honshū is founded.
  • 1956
    Tunisia gains independence from France.
  • 1964
    The precursor of the European Space Agency, ESRO (European Space Research Organization) is established per an agreement signed on June 14, 1962.
  • 1974
    Ian Ball attempts, but fails, to kidnap Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips in The Mall, outside Buckingham Palace, London.
  • 1980
    The Radio Caroline ship, Mi Amigo founders in a gale off the English coast.
  • 1985
    Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
  • 1988
    Eritrean War of Independence: Having defeated the Nadew Command, the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front enters the town of Afabet, victoriously concluding the Battle of Afabet.
  • 1990
    Ferdinand Marcos’s widow, Imelda Marcos, goes on trial for bribery, embezzlement, and racketeering.
  • 1993
    An IRA bomb explodes, killing two children in Warrington, Northwest England.
  • 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.

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