On This Day in History, March 20

The Great American Meat-Out Day is celebrated on the 20th of March each year. It normally falls on the first day of Spring. You are encouraged to try veganism, that avoiding animal products for just two days will save 28 animals and 190,000 gallons of water per year.

Read more about the events of March 20 in History.

  • 1616 -Walter Raleigh was released from the Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana.
  • 1627 -France & Spain signed an accord for fighting Protestantism.
  • 1814 -Prince Willem Frederik became the monarch of the Netherlands.
  • 1885 -John Matzeliger of Suriname patented the shoe lacing machine.
  • 1891 -The first computing scale company was incorporated.
  • 1911 -The National Squash Tennis Association was formed in New York City.
  • 1914 -The first international figure skating championship happened in New Haven, CT.
  • 1918 -The Bolsheviks of the Soviet Union asked for American aid to rebuild their army.
  • 1934 -In Kiel, Germany, Rudolf Kuhnold gave a demonstration of the radar.
  • 1947 -A blue whale weighing 180-metric tons was caught in the South Atlantic.
  • 1972 -19 mountain climbers were killed on Japan’s Mount Fuji during an avalanche.
  • 1982 -The U.S. scientists’ returned from Antarctica with the first land mammal fossils.
  • 1985 – Avon representatives received a salary for the first time in history.
  • 1990 -Namibia became an independent nation, ending 75 years of South African rule.
  • 1991 -The U.S. forgave $2 billion in loans to Poland.
  • 1991 -Janice Pennington was awarded $1.3 million for an accident on the set of the “Price is Right” TV show.
  • 1997 -Brian Grazer received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2003 -Cisco Systems Inc. announced its plans to buy The Linksys Group Inc. for $500 million in stock.
  • 2019 -Google was fined $1.7 billion by Europe’s antitrust regulators,  for freezing out rivals in the online advertising business.
  • 2019 -Disney acquired the rights to 21st Century Fox.

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