Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Today in History

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Today in History

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TODAY is Friday, March 20, the 79th day of 2009. There are 286 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

* 1727 - Death of Sir Isaac Newton, British scientist and mathematician, noted for his discoveries including that of gravity.

* 1815 - Napoleon arrives back in Paris from Elba to reclaim power at the start of 'The Hundred Days' before defeat at Waterloo.

* 1846 - The foundation stone of Melbourne's Princes Bridge is laid.

* 1933 - First concentration camp is opened in Germany, at Dachau.

* 1945 - Death of Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas, British editor and poet, whose close association with Oscar Wilde eventually led to the Irish writer's imprisonment for homosexual practices.

* 1964 - Death of Brendan Behan, Irish writer, drinker and one-time IRA member.

* 1969 - Beatle John Lennon weds Japanese artist Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.

* 1982 - Australian film The Man From Snowy River premieres in Mansfield, Victoria.

* 1995 - A religious sect spreads nerve gas through Tokyo's crowded subway system, killing 12 and sickening more than 5,500. …

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