Today in History for 20th March 2020

Historical Events

1890 – General Federation of Womens’ Clubs founded
1902 – France and Russia issue a joint declaration that approves the Anglo-Japanese Alliance, but stipulates that they have the right to protect interests in China and Korea
1954 – 1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia Pennsylvania)
1956 – Union workers ended a 156-day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corp
1965 – 27th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Michigan, 91-80; Bruins’ back-to-back National titles; Gail Goodrich 42 points
2000 – Pope John Paul II visits Holy Land – Jordan, Israel, Palestine

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Famous Birthdays

1502 – Pierino Belli, Italian soldier and jurist (d. 1575)
1774 – John Braham, English tenor singer and composer, born in London (d. 1856)
1906 – Oswald “Ozzie” Nelson, American actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1975)
1916 – Pierre Messmer, PM (France)
1945 – Pat Riley, NBA coach (Lakers, Knicks, Heat), born in Schenectady, New York
1957 – Spike Lee [Shelton Jackson Lee], American film director (Mo Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X), born in Atlanta, Georgia

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Famous Deaths

1646 – Matthew Vossius, historian (Annales Holland Zelandiaeque), dies at 35
1866 – Rikard Nordraak, Norwegian composer, dies at 23
1925 – George N Curzon, British Foreign minister (1919-22), dies at 66
1964 – Jean Rogister, Belgian virtuoso violist and composer, dies at 84
1996 – Victor Zorza, journalist/Russian specialist, dies at 71
2012 – Mel Parnell [Melvin], American Major League Baseball pitcher, dies from cancer at 89

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