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This Day in History – March 20

  • 03/19/2017
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This Day In History1760 – Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings.

1816 – US Supreme court affirms its right to review state court decisions.

1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” published (Boston)

1868 – Jesse James Gang robs bank in Russelville, Kentucky, of $40,000.

1897 – 1st known intercollegiate basketball game, Yale beats Penn 32-10.

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

1934 – Female Babe Didrickson pitches hitless inning for Philadelphia A’s in exhibition game against Brooklyn Dodgers.

1942 – Gen. MacArthur vows, “I shall return”

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

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

1958 – 50″ snow across the Mason-Dixon line.

1967 – The Supremes release “The Happening”

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

1969 – US president Nixon proclaims he will end Vietnam war in 1970.

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

1982 – Joan Jett & Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll goes #1 for 7 weeks.

1986 – New York City passes its first lesbian and gay rights legislation.

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

1997 – Liggett admits cigarettes are addictive.

2016 – Barack Obama becomes the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a 2 day tour.

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