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  • Acre, Ottoman Empire (Present Day Acre, Israel)
    Wednesday Mar 20, 1799

    Napoleon

    Siege of Acre

    Acre, Ottoman Empire (Present Day Acre, Israel)
    Wednesday Mar 20, 1799

    Napoleon failed to reduce the fortress of Acre, so he marched his army back to Egypt in May.




  • Paris, France
    Wednesday Mar 20, 1811

    Napoleon

    Napoleon II

    Paris, France
    Wednesday Mar 20, 1811

    On 20 March 1811, Marie Louise gave birth to a baby boy, whom Napoleon made heir apparent and bestowed the title of King of Rome. His son never actually ruled the empire, but given his brief titular rule and cousin Louis-Napoléon's subsequent naming himself Napoléon III, historians often refer to him as Napoleon II.




  • Paris, France
    Monday Mar 20, 1815

    Napoleon

    Hundred Days

    Paris, France
    Monday Mar 20, 1815

    Napoleon arrived in Paris on 20 March and governed for a period now called the Hundred Days.




  • Paris, France
    Tuesday Mar 20, 1888

    Eiffel Tower

    Completion of the first level

    Paris, France
    Tuesday Mar 20, 1888

    Completion of the first level.




  • Pescadores, Taiwan
    Wednesday Mar 20, 1895

    First Sino-Japanese War

    Arriving at The Pescadores

    Pescadores, Taiwan
    Wednesday Mar 20, 1895

    The Japanese fleet arrived at the Pescadores during the night of March 20, but encountered stormy weather. Due to the poor weather, the landings were postponed until March 23, when the weather cleared.




  • Shanghai, China
    Thursday Mar 20, 1913

    Xinhai Revolution

    Song was Assassinated

    Shanghai, China
    Thursday Mar 20, 1913

    Song was assassinated in Shanghai on 20 March 1913, under the secret order of Yuan Shikai.




  • Hungary (then Kingdom of Hungary)
    Thursday Mar 20, 1919

    Hungarian–Romanian War

    Releasing Béla Kun

    Hungary (then Kingdom of Hungary)
    Thursday Mar 20, 1919

    The Károlyi government failed to manage both domestic and military issues and lost popular support. On 20 March 1919, Béla Kun, who had been imprisoned in the Markó Street prison, was released.


  • Cork, Ireland
    Saturday Mar 20, 1920

    Irish War of Independence

    Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork Death

    Cork, Ireland
    Saturday Mar 20, 1920

    In March 1920, Tomás Mac Curtain, the Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork, was shot dead in front of his wife at his home, by men with blackened faces who were seen returning to the local police barracks. The jury at the inquest into his death returned a verdict of wilful murder against David Lloyd George (the British Prime Minister) and District Inspector Swanzy, among others. Swanzy was later tracked down and killed in Lisburn, County Antrim. This pattern of killings and reprisals escalated in the second half of 1920 and in 1921.


  • U.S.
    Monday Mar 20, 1933

    Great Depression

    Economy Act of 1933

    U.S.
    Monday Mar 20, 1933

    The controversial Economy Act of 1933 is signed into law, slashing $243 million in government salaries and pensions, and veterans' benefits. Despite the economic crisis, super majorities of American economists, policymakers, and the general public believed that the federal government needed to balance the budget and avoid deficit spending, to avoid putting further strain on the bond market which would negatively affect government borrowing costs, banks, corporations, and foreign investors. From 1929 to 1933, the total debt owed by the U.S. government rose from $16.9 billion to over $23 billion.


  • Lithuania
    Monday Mar 20, 1939

    World War II

    1939 German ultimatum to Lithuania

    Lithuania
    Monday Mar 20, 1939

    Hitler also delivered 20 March 1939 ultimatum to Lithuania, forcing the concession of the Klaipėda Region, formerly the German Memelland.


  • China
    Saturday Mar 20, 1943

    Mao Zedong

    The Chairman of the Communist Party of China

    China
    Saturday Mar 20, 1943

    On 20 March 1943, Mao Zedong became the Chairman of the Communist Party of China, and to enhance the Red Army's military operations, Mao as the Chairman of the Communist Party of China, named his close associate General Zhu De to be its Commander-in-Chief.


  • Huế, South Vietnam
    Thursday Mar 20, 1975

    Vietnam War

    Thieu reversed himself and ordered Huế

    Huế, South Vietnam
    Thursday Mar 20, 1975

    On 20 March, Thieu reversed himself and ordered Huế, Vietnam's third-largest city, be held at all costs, and then changed his policy several times. As the North Vietnamese launched their attack, panic set in, and ARVN resistance withered.


  • Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Mar 20, 1989

    Hillsborough events

    Hillsborough was accepted as the FA Cup semi-final venue

    Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
    Monday Mar 20, 1989

    Meanwhile, Hillsborough was accepted as the FA Cup semi-final venue on 20 March 1989 by the Football Association.


  • Maglaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Sunday Mar 20, 1994

    Bosnian War

    An aid convoy with medical supplies and doctors reached Maglaj

    Maglaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Sunday Mar 20, 1994

    On 20 March an aid convoy with medical supplies and doctors reached Maglaj, a city of 100,000 people, which had been under siege since May 1993 and had been surviving off food supplies dropped by US aircraft. A second convoy on 23 March was hijacked and looted.


  • Iraq
    Thursday Mar 20, 2003

    George W. Bush

    Iraq invasion

    Iraq
    Thursday Mar 20, 2003

    More than 20 nations (most notably the United Kingdom), designated the "coalition of the willing" joined the United States in invading Iraq. They launched the invasion on March 20, 2003. The Iraqi military was quickly defeated.


  • Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
    Sunday Mar 20, 2005

    LeBron James

    Cleveland's new single game

    Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
    Sunday Mar 20, 2005

    On March 20, James scored 56 points against the Toronto Raptors, setting Cleveland's new single-game points record.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Mar 20, 2008

    Visa Inc.

    the IPO underwriters exercised their overallotment option

    U.S.
    Thursday Mar 20, 2008

    On March 20, 2008, the IPO underwriters (including JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs & Co., Bank of America Securities LLC, Citi, HSBC, Merrill Lynch & Co., UBS Investment Bank and Wachovia Securities) exercised their overallotment option, purchasing an additional 40.6 million shares, bringing Visa's total IPO share count to 446.6 million, and bringing the total proceeds to US$19.1 billion.


  • Rome, Italy
    Sunday Mar 20, 2011

    Francesco Totti

    The sixth player in Serie A history to score 200 goals

    Rome, Italy
    Sunday Mar 20, 2011

    On 20 March, Totti became the sixth player in Serie A history to score 200 goals, finding the target twice in a 2–2 draw against Fiorentina to total 201 league goals.


  • France
    Wednesday Mar 20, 2013

    Christine Lagarde

    Lagarde's apartment in Paris was raided by French Police

    France
    Wednesday Mar 20, 2013

    On 20 March 2013, Lagarde's apartment in Paris was raided by French police as part of the investigation.


  • Istanbul, Turkey
    Thursday Mar 20, 2014

    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

    The Twitter service Block

    Istanbul, Turkey
    Thursday Mar 20, 2014

    On 20 March, Erdoğan made a speech promising to "rip out the roots" of the Twitter service. Hours later the telecommunications regulator BTK blocked DNS service to the site, citing four court orders the Turkish government had made requiring them to remove content to preserve privacy that had not been heeded. Sources covering the story attributed this to the use of Twitter to share links to the Erdoğan recordings on YouTube. Erdoğan also threatened to ban Facebook.


  • Menlo Park, California, U.S.
    Thursday Mar 20, 2014

    Facebook, Inc.

    Facebook announced a New Open-Source Programming Language

    Menlo Park, California, U.S.
    Thursday Mar 20, 2014

    On March 20, 2014, Facebook announced a new open-source programming language called Hack. Before public release, a large portion of Facebook was already running and "battle tested" using the new language.


  • Vatican City, Italy
    Monday Mar 20, 2017

    Rwandan genocide

    Pope Francis

    Vatican City, Italy
    Monday Mar 20, 2017

    On 20 March 2017, Pope Francis acknowledged that while some Catholic nuns and priests in the country were killed during the genocide, others were complicit in it and took part in preparing and executing the genocide.


  • California, U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 20, 2018

    Java (programming language)

    Java SE 10

    California, U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 20, 2018

    On March 20, 2018, Oracle released Java SE 10.


  • United Kingdom
    Wednesday Mar 20, 2019

    Brexit

    Brexit postponed

    United Kingdom
    Wednesday Mar 20, 2019

    On 20 March 2019, the Prime Minister wrote to European Council President Tusk requesting that Brexit be postponed until 30 June 2019.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 20, 2019

    Marvel Studios

    Feige revealed that the majority of characters would be back with Marvel Studios

    U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 20, 2019

    In March 2018, Feige revealed that the majority of characters would be back with Marvel Studios, though there were still "some with a couple of other players involved that would have to be negotiated with." The deal was completed on March 20, 2019.


  • Mountain View, California, U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 20, 2019

    Google LLC

    The European Commission Imposed a €1.49 Billion Fine On Google

    Mountain View, California, U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 20, 2019

    On March 20, 2019, the European Commission imposed a €1.49 billion ($1.69 billion) fine on Google for preventing rivals from being able to “compete and innovate fairly” in the online advertising market.


  • United Kingdom
    Friday Mar 20, 2020

    Covid-19 Pandemic: 2020 Coronavirus outbreak

    Desperate measures in England

    United Kingdom
    Friday Mar 20, 2020

    On 20 March, the government announced that all leisure establishments (pubs, gyms, etc.) were to close as soon as possible, and promised to pay up to 80% of workers' wages, to a limit of £2,500 per month, to prevent unemployment in the crisis.


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