On This Day In History, 20 March


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World Events Today

  • After escaping from his exile in Elba, Napoleon entered the city of Paris today in 1815, the Hundred Days War started
  • The USS Langley, the United States Navy’s first ever aircraft carrier, was commissioned today in 1922
  • The Tokyo subway sarin attack occurred today in 1995, 12 were killed and over a thousand others were injured

Entertainment Events Today

  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin, an anti-slavery novel by the American author Harriet Beecher Stowe, was published today in 1852, it was an immediate best seller
  • After 1,246 performances, the musical The King And I, came to an end on Broadway today in 1954
  • The “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson, signed a 6 album deal with Sony records today in 1991

Family Events Today

  • English singer Dame Vera Margaret Lynn, “the Forces’ Sweetheart”, famous for singing We’ll Meet Again, was born today in 1917 in Essex
  • The Beatles legend John Lennon, married the Japanese artist Yoko Ono, in Gibraltar, today in 1969
  • John Malcolm Fraser, one of Australia’s longest serving Prime Ministers, died today in 2015 aged 84

Main Event Today

  • The American fast food restaurant chain KFC, also known as Kentucky Fried Chicken, was founded by Colonel Harland Sanders today in 1930

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Ravioli Day

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