Events of This Day in History, March 20th, Then and Now

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Historical events of this day, March 20th, have had great impact throughout history to today. Here is a list of significant happenings that have transpired on March 20th through time.

Historical events of this day, March 20th, have had great impact throughout history to today.  Here is a list of significant happenings that have transpired on March 20th through time.

In 1790 the disaster remembered as "the great fire of Boston" raged and destroyed nearly 350 buildings in the city. This tragic event reminds us of the current devastation of Japan from the ensuing damage from an 8.9 earthquake, rushing tsunami, and volcano have reeked tremendous effects. 

Keeping in line with the unfortunate events category this was also the date in 1861 that the city of Mendoza in Argentina was destroyed by an earthquake.  This is one of the most catastrophic events in Argentinean natural history.

On to better and brighter things that March 20th brought to world history as this is the day when Albert Einstein introduced his theory of relativity in 1916.  Indeed the beginnings of greatness in thought and science occurred on this day.  This is also the day the United States ratified the peace treaty with Japan to build better days of relationships.

In 1956 Tunisia achieved freedom from France which again became a news story this year sparking many  uprisings in the Middle East.  A 6.6 magnitude quake also hit Japan in 2006 killing over a hundred people bringing memories to modern day survivors.  Indeed the issues of imperial age and resolutions still have effects on modern day.

In popular culture this day marks the birth of beloved television host Fred Rogers.  He leaves a wonderful archive of media supporting peaceful relationships with everyone and building knowledge for children around the world.  He is among the best known children's show hosts in history and is still replayed to this day.

American basketball coach and owner Pat Riley was born on this day as he now hopes to lead his team and organization to an NBA championship this year as team president of the Miami Heat.  Canadian hockey legend Bobby Orr was also born on this day.  Orr spent 12 seasons as a defenseman in the National hockey League and is considered by many to be among the best hockey players of all time and was the youngest player inducted into the hall of fame at 31.

Now you know much more about March 20th through history which will grow and expand as time goes on.

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