What Happened On This Day – 20. März
2003 The United States invade Iraq, assisted by the United Kingdom, Australia, and Poland
The Iraq War, which was termed illegal by then UN Secretary, Kofi Annan, caused hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths.
1995 Japanese terrorists release poisonous gas in the Tokyo subway
12 people died and thousands are wounded after members of the religious cult, Aum Shinrikyo, had places containers leaking sarin on 5 different trains.
1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono marry
After the wedding in Gibraltar, the artists spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam with a Bed-In for Peace, which lasted a whole week.
1916 Albert Einstein presents his general theory of relativity
The revolutionary theory describes the interdependency of matter on the one hand and space and time on the other. It is one of the most influential theories in Physics.
1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin
The anti-slavery story played an important role in setting the scene for the American Civil War.
Births On This Day – 20. März
1984 Fernando Torres
1957 Spike Lee
American actor, director, screenwriter, producer
1939 Brian Mulroney
Canadian politician 18th Prime Minister of Canada
1828 Henrik Ibsen
Norwegian poet, playwright, director
Deaths On This Day – 20. März
2004 Juliana of the Netherlands
1925 George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston
English politician, Governor-General of India
1897 Apollon Maykov
1793 William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
Scottish judge, politician
1726 Isaac Newton
English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, theologian