Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 20

  • March 20, 1413
    Henry IV, King of England, dies in the house of the Abbot of Westminster and is succeeded by Henry V
  • March 20, 1602
    The Dutch East India Company, a powerful company, possessing quasi-governmental powers, is chartered by the States-General of the Netherlands to carry out trade and colonial activities in Asia
  • March 20, 1727
    Sir Isaac Newton, physicist, mathematician and astronomer, dies in London
  • March 20, 1739
    In India, Nader Shah of Persia defeats the Mughals at the Battle of Delhi, then occupies and sacks Delhi taking possession of the Peacock Throne, a famous jeweled throne of the Mughal emperors
  • March 20, 1760
    Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings
  • March 20, 1799
    Napoleon Bonaparte begins the siege of Acre defended by Turks, which becomes the turning point of Napoleon's invasion of Egypt and Syria
  • March 20, 1815
    Napoleon Bonaparte with his veterans enters Paris after escape from imprisonment on the island of Elba, beginning his Hundred Days rule
  • March 20, 1848
    King Ludwig I of Bavaria abdicates in favour of his eldest son Maximilian, with beginning of revolutions in the German states
  • March 20, 1852
    Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, a novel based on the theme that slavery is incompatible with Christianity, is first published in book form after being serialized
  • March 20, 1854
    The Republican Party is founded when former members of the Whig political party met to establish a new political party that would oppose the spread of slavery into the western territories
  • March 20, 1890
    Young German emperor Wilhelm II fires republic chancellor Otto Von Bismarck
  • March 20, 1964
    European Space Research Organization is established by 10 European nations for scientific research in space
  • March 20, 1995
    Members of the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult release sarin gas on five separate railway trains in Tokyo, killing 12 and injuring 4700

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