Tuesday, March 20, 2012

20th of March

It is the 79th day of the year, with only 286 days remaining.

1616 - Sir Walter Raleigh is freed from the Tower of London after 13 years of imprisonment.

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.

1916 - Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity.

1922 - The USS Langley (CV-1) is commissioned as the first United State 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 U.S.

1942 - General Douglas MacArthur, at Terowie, South Australia, makes his famous speech regarding the fall of the Phillipines, in which he says, "I came out of Bataan and I shall return."

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

1985 - Canadian paraplegic athlete and humanitarian Rick Hansen begins his circumnavigation of the globe in a wheelchair in the name of spinal cord injury medical research.

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