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This Day in History for March 20

This Day In History1816 – US Supreme Court affirms its right to review state court decisions.

1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” published in Boston.

1886 – 1st AC power plant in US begins commercial operation in Massachusetts.

1917 – After the sinking of 3 more American merchant ships, US President Woodrow Wilson meets with cabinet, who agree that war is inevitable.

1922 – USS Langley is commissioned, US Navy’s 1st aircraft carrier.

1930 – American fast food restaurant chain “KFC” [Kentucky Fried Chicken] is founded by Colonel Harland Sanders in North Corbin, Kentucky.

1942 – General MacArthur vows “I came through and I shall return” after escaping Japanese invaded Philippines.

1948 – 20th Academy Awards: “Gentlemen’s Agreement”, Loretta Young, Ronald Colman win.

1954 – “King & I” closes at St. James Theater NYC after 1246 performances.

1954 – 1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia, Pennsylvania)

1965 – Civil and Women’s Rights Activist Dorothy Height has her first column published in the weekly African-American newspaper called the “New York Amsterdam News”

1967 – The Supremes release “The Happening”

1968 – LBJ signs a bill removing gold backing from US paper money.

1973 – Roberto Clemente elected to Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death.

1980 – US appeals to International Court on hostages in Iran.

1984 – Senate rejects amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools.

1989 – Baseball announces Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation.

1991 – Michael Jackson signs $65M 6 album deal with Sony records.

1997 – Liggett admits cigarettes are addictive.

2012 – Disney movie John Carter records one of the largest losses in cinema history with a $200 million dollar write down.

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