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Today in history: March 20

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Monday, March 20, the 79th day of 2006. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 1:26 p.m. ET.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 20th, 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris, beginning his “Hundred Days” rule.

On this date:
In 1413, England’s King Henry the Fourth died; he was succeeded by Henry the Fifth.

In 1727, physicist, mathematician and astronomer Sir Isaac Newton died in London.

In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s influential novel about slavery, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” was first published.

In 1896, U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua to protect U.S. citizens in the wake of a revolution.

In 1956, union workers ended a 156-day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

In 1969, John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.

In 1976, kidnapped newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her part in a San Francisco bank holdup.

In 1981, former girls’ school headmistress Jean Harris was sentenced in White Plains, New York, to 15 years to life in prison for slaying “Scarsdale Diet” author Dr. Herman Tarnower. (Harris ended up serving almost 12 years.)

In 1985, Libby Riddles of Teller, Alaska, became the first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race.

In 1995, in Tokyo, 12 people were killed, more than 55-hundred others sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin were leaked on five separate subway trains by Aum Shinrikyo cult members.

Ten years ago: A jury in Los Angeles convicted Erik and Lyle Menendez of first-degree murder in the shotgun slayings of their millionaire parents. The British government said a rare brain disease that had killed ten people was probably linked to so-called “mad cow disease.”

Five years ago: The skipper of the U.S.S. Greeneville took the stand in a Navy court and accepted sole responsibility for the collision of his submarine with a Japanese trawler off Hawaii that killed nine Japanese. New York native Lori Berenson, accused of aiding guerrillas in Peru, received a retrial in civilian court (she was later convicted of “terrorist collaboration”). Power-strapped California saw a second day of rolling blackouts.

One year ago: A visibly frustrated Pope John Paul made a brief but silent appearance at his Vatican apartment window after missing his first Palm Sunday Mass in 26 years as pontiff. Liz Johnson became the first woman to advance to the championship match of a Professional Bowlers Association tour event, but lost by 27 pins to Tommy Jones in the final of the P.B.A. Banquet Open in Wyoming, Michigan.

Today’s Birthdays: Producer-director-comedian Carl Reiner is 84. Actor Hal Linden is 75. Singer Jerry Reed is 69. Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney is 67. Country singer Don Edwards is 67. T.V. producer Paul Junger Witt is 63. Country singer-musician Ranger Doug (Riders in the Sky) is 60. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Orr is 58. Blues singer-musician Marcia Ball is 57. Actor William Hurt is 56. Rock musician Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 56. Rock musician Jimmie Vaughan is 55. Country musician Jimmy Seales (Shenandoah) is 52. Movie director Spike Lee is 49. Actress Theresa Russell is 49. Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway is 49. Actress Holly Hunter is 48. Rock musician Slim Jim Phantom (The Stray Cats) is 45. Actress-model Kathy Ireland is 43. Rock musician Adrian Oxxal (James) is 41. Actress Liza Snyder is 38. Actor Michael Rapaport is 36. Actor Alexander Chaplin is 35. Rock singer Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) is 30. Actor Michael Genadry is 28. Actress Bianca Lawson is 27.

Thought for Today: “Spring makes everything young again except man.” — Jean Paul Richter, German author (1763-1825).