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Today in history: March 20

/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Palm Sunday, March 20th, the 79th day of 2005. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 7:34 a.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 1985, Libby Riddles of Teller, Alaska, became the first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race.

In 1990, Namibia became an independent nation as the former colony marked the end of 75 years of South African rule.

In 1999, Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland and Brian Jones of Britain became the first aviators to fly a hot-air balloon around the world nonstop.

Ten years ago: In Tokyo, 12 people were killed, more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin leaked on five separate subway trains. Commentator Pat Buchanan formally launched his presidential campaign in New Hampshire.

Five years ago: Pope John Paul the Second embarked on a strenuous and spiritual tour of the Holy Land, beginning with a stop in Jordan. President Clinton arrived in Bangladesh on the first such visit by an American president. Former Black Panther Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, once known as H. Rap Brown, was captured in Alabama; he was wanted in the fatal shooting of a sheriff’s deputy. (Al-Amin was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole.)

One year ago: Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide rallied against the U.S.-led war in Iraq on the first anniversary of the start of the conflict. The U.S. military charged six soldiers with abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison. The Reverend Karen Dammann, a lesbian Methodist pastor, was acquitted of violating church doctrine in a trial held in Bothell, Wash. Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian narrowly won re-election. Former Dutch Queen Juliana died at age 94.

Today’s Birthdays: Producer-director-comedian Carl Reiner is 83. Actor Hal Linden is 74. Singer Jerry Reed is 68. Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney is 66. Country singer Don Edwards is 66. TV producer Paul Junger Witt is 62. Country singer-musician Ranger Doug (Riders in the Sky) is 59. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Orr is 57. Blues singer-musician Marcia Ball is 56. Actor William Hurt is 55. Rock musician Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 55. Rock musician Jimmie Vaughan is 54. Country musician Jimmy Seales (Shenandoah) is 51. Movie director Spike Lee is 48. Actress Theresa Russell is 48. Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway is 48. Actress Holly Hunter is 47. Rock musician Slim Jim Phantom (The Stray Cats) is 44. Actress-model Kathy Ireland is 42. Rock musician Adrian Oxxal (James) is 40. Actress Liza Snyder is 37. Actor Michael Rapaport (“Boston Public”) is 35. Actor Alexander Chaplin is 34. Rock singer Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) is 29. Actor Michael Genadry is 27. Actress Bianca Lawson is 26.

Thought for Today: “I am I plus my circumstances.” — Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher (1883-1955).