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Monday 20 March 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Earliest date for the vernal equinox in the Northern hemisphere: - Sun-Earth Day (United States)
  • Great American Meatout (United States)
  • National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (United States)

Events

  • 2003 – Invasion of Iraq: In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries (the UK, Australia and Poland) begin military operations in Iraq.
  • 1999 – Legoland California, the first Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.
  • 1985 – Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
  • 1972 – The Troubles: The first Provisional IRA car bombing in Belfast kills seven people and injures 148 others in Northern Ireland.
  • 1952 – The United States Senate ratifies a peace treaty with Japan.
  • 1951 – Fujiyoshida, a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, in the center of the Japanese main island of Honshū is founded.
  • 1948 – With a Musicians Union ban lifted, the first telecasts of classical music in the United States, under Eugene Ormandy and Arturo Toscanini, are given on CBS and NBC.
  • 1942 – World War II: General Douglas MacArthur, at Terowie, South Australia, makes his famous speech regarding the fall of the Philippines, in which he says: "I came out of Bataan and I shall return".
  • 1923 – The Arts Club of Chicago hosts the opening of Pablo Picasso's first United States showing, entitled Original Drawings by Pablo Picasso, becoming an early proponent of modern art in the United States.
  • 1922 – The USS Langley is commissioned as the first United States Navy aircraft carrier.
  • 1888 – The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta is staged in Moscow, Russia.
  • 1854 – The Republican Party of the United States is organized in Ripon, Wisconsin.

Births

  • 1993 – Sloane Stephens, American tennis player
  • 1985 – Ronnie Brewer, American basketball player
  • 1984 – Christy Carlson Romano, American actress and singer
  • 1980 – Jamal Crawford, American basketball player
  • 1976 – Chester Bennington, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (d. 2017)
  • 1971 – Touré, American journalist and author
  • 1970 – Edoardo Ballerini, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1970 – Michael Rapaport, American actor, podcast host, and director
  • 1968 – A. J. Jacobs, American journalist and author
  • 1967 – Mookie Blaylock, American basketball player
  • 1963 – Kathy Ireland, American model, actress, and furniture designer
  • 1963 – Paul Annacone, American tennis player and coach
  • 1962 – Stephen Sommers, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1961 – Slim Jim Phantom, American rock drummer
  • 1960 – Norm Magnusson, American painter and sculptor
  • 1959 – Mary Roach, American author
  • 1959 – Sting (wrestler), American wrestler
  • 1958 – Holly Hunter, American actress and producer
  • 1958 – Rickey Jackson, American football player
  • 1957 – Chris Wedge, American animator, producer, screenwriter, and voice actor
  • 1957 – Spike Lee, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1957 – Theresa Russell, American actress
  • 1957 – Vanessa Bell Calloway, American actress
  • 1956 – Anne Donahue, American lawyer and politician
  • 1955 – Nina Kiriki Hoffman, American author
  • 1954 – Mike Francesa, American radio talk show host and television commentator
  • 1954 – Paul Mirabella, American baseball player
  • 1951 – Jimmie Vaughan, American blues-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1950 – William Hurt, American actor
  • 1949 – Marcia Ball, American blues singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1948 – John de Lancie, American actor
  • 1947 – John Boswell, American historian, philologist, and academic (d. 1994)
  • 1946 – Douglas B. Green, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1945 – Henry Bartholomay, American soldier and pilot (d. 2015)
  • 1945 – Pat Riley, American basketball player and coach
  • 1944 – Camille Cosby, American author, producer, and philanthropist
  • 1943 – Douglas Tompkins, American businessman, co-founded The North Face and Esprit Holdings (d. 2015)
  • 1943 – Gerard Malanga, American poet and photographer
  • 1943 – Paul Junger Witt, American director and producer
  • 1941 – Pat Corrales, American baseball player and manager
  • 1940 – Giampiero Moretti, Italian race car driver and businessman, founded the Momo company (d. 2012)
  • 1940 – Mary Ellen Mark, American photographer and journalist (d. 2015)
  • 1939 – Don Edwards, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1939 – Gerald Curran, American lawyer and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1937 – Jerry Reed, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 2008)
  • 1937 – Lois Lowry, American author
  • 1936 – Lee "Scratch" Perry, Jamaican singer, songwriter, music producer, and inventor
  • 1935 – Bettye Washington Greene, American chemist (d. 1995)
  • 1935 – Ted Bessell, American actor and director (d. 1996)
  • 1934 – Willie Brown, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 41st Mayor of San Francisco
  • 1933 – George Altman, American baseball player
  • 1931 – Hal Linden, American actor, singer, and director
  • 1928 – Fred Rogers, American television host and producer (d. 2003)
  • 1928 – James P. Gordon, American physicist and engineer (d. 2013)
  • 1928 – Jerome Biffle, American long jumper and coach (d. 2002)
  • 1925 – John Ehrlichman, American lawyer, 12th White House Counsel (d. 1999)
  • 1922 – Carl Reiner, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1922 – Larry Elgart, American saxophonist and bandleader
  • 1922 – Ray Goulding, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1990)
  • 1920 – Pamela Harriman, English-American diplomat, 58th United States Ambassador to France (d. 1997)
  • 1918 – Jack Barry, American game show host and producer, co-founded Barry & Enright Productions (d. 1984)
  • 1918 – Marian McPartland, English-American pianist and composer (d. 2013)
  • 1915 – Sister Rosetta Tharpe, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1973)
  • 1914 – Wendell Corey, American actor and politician (d. 1968)
  • 1912 – Ralph Hauenstein, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2016)
  • 1906 – Abraham Beame, American accountant and politician, 104th Mayor of New York City (d. 2001)
  • 1906 – Ozzie Nelson, American actor and bandleader (d. 1975)
  • 1904 – B. F. Skinner, American psychologist and author (d. 1990)
  • 1903 – Edgar Buchanan, American actor (d. 1979)
  • 1895 – Fredric Wertham, German-American psychologist and author (d. 1981)
  • 1890 – Lauritz Melchior, Danish-American tenor and actor (d. 1973)
  • 1888 – Amanda Clement, American baseball player, umpire, and educator (d. 1971)
  • 1884 – Philipp Frank, Austrian-American physicist, mathematician, and philosopher (d. 1966)
  • 1882 – Harold Weber, American golfer (d. 1933)
  • 1876 – Payne Whitney, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1927)
  • 1856 – Frederick Winslow Taylor, American tennis player and engineer (d. 1915)
  • 1836 – Ferris Jacobs, Jr., American general, lawyer, and politician (d. 1886)
  • 1834 – Charles William Eliot, American mathematician and academic (d. 1926)
  • 1831 – Solomon L. Spink, American lawyer and politician (d. 1881)
  • 1821 – Ned Buntline, American journalist, author, and publisher (d. 1886)
  • 1811 – George Caleb Bingham, American painter and politician, State Treasurer of Missouri (d. 1879)
  • 1612 – Anne Bradstreet, Puritan American poet (d. 1672)

Deaths

  • 2017 – David Rockefeller, American billionaire and philanthropist (b. 1915)
  • 2014 – Tonie Nathan, American politician (b. 1923)
  • 2010 – Ai, American poet and academic (b. 1947)
  • 2010 – Stewart Udall, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 37th United States Secretary of the Interior (b. 1920)
  • 2005 – Armand Lohikoski, American-Finnish director and screenwriter (b. 1912)
  • 2001 – Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican-American baseball player (b. 1949)
  • 2000 – Gene Eugene, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1961)
  • 1994 – Lewis Grizzard, American writer and humorist (b. 1946)
  • 1993 – Polykarp Kusch, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
  • 1981 – Gerry Bertier, American football player (b. 1953)
  • 1974 – Chet Huntley, American journalist (b. 1911)
  • 1972 – Marilyn Maxwell, American actress (b. 1921)
  • 1966 – Johnny Morrison, American baseball player (b. 1895)
  • 1965 – Daniel Frank, American long jumper (b. 1882)
  • 1946 – Amadeus William Grabau, American-Chinese geologist, paleontologist, and academic (b. 1870)
  • 1945 – Dorothy Campbell, Scottish-American golfer (b. 1883)
  • 1933 – Giuseppe Zangara, Italian-American assassin of Anton Cermak (b. 1900)
  • 1930 – Arthur F. Andrews, American cyclist (b. 1876)
  • 1918 – Lewis A. Grant, American general and lawyer (b. 1828)
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