Today in History: March 20

Today in History: March 20

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1413

Henry IV of England is succeed by his son Henry V.

1739

In India, Nadir Shah of Persia occupies Delhi and takes possession of the Peacock throne.

1760

The Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings.

1792

In Paris, the Legislative Assembly approves the use of the guillotine.

1815

Napoleon Bonaparte enters Paris and begins his 100-day rule.

1841

Edgar Allan Poe's The Murders in the Rue Morgue, considered the first detective story, is published.

1852

Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin is published.

1906

Army officers in Russia mutiny at Sevastopol.

1915

The French call off the Champagne offensive on the Western Front.

1918

The Bolsheviks of the Soviet Union ask for American aid to rebuild their army.

1922

President Warren G. Harding orders U.S. troops back from the Rhineland.

1932

The German dirigible, Graf Zepplin, makes the first flight to South America on regular schedule.

1939

President Franklin D. Roosevelt names William O. Douglas to the Supreme Court.

1940

The British Royal Air Force conducts an all-night air raid on the Nazi airbase at Sylt, Germany.

1943

The Allies attack Field Marshall Erwin Rommel's forces on the Mareth Line in North Africa.

1965

President Lyndon B. Johnson orders 4,000 troops to protect the Selma-Montgomery civil rights marchers.

1969

Senator Edward Kennedy calls on the United States to close all bases in Taiwan.

1976

Patty Hearst is convicted of armed robbery.

1982

U.S. scientists return from Antarctica with the first land mammal fossils found there.

1987

The United State approves AZT, a drug that is proven to slow the progress of AIDS.