1942 General MacArthur vows, “I shall return”.
2003 A subdued Saddam Hussein appeared on state-run television after the initial U.S. air strike on Baghdad, accusing the United States of a “shameful crime” and urging his people to “draw your sword” against the invaders. American combat units rumbled across the desert into Iraq from the south and U.S. and British forces bombed limited targets in Baghdad. The start of war in Iraq triggered one of the heaviest days of anti-government protesting in years, leading to thousands of arrests across the United States and prompting pro-war counter-demonstrations.
1993 IRA-bomb kills 3 year old in Warrington England.
1995 In Tokyo, 12 people were killed, more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin were leaked on five separate subway trains by Aum Shinrikyo cult members.
1760 Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings.
1972 19 mountain climbers killed on Japan’s Mount Fuji during an avalanche.
1998 A tornado in rural northeast Georgia killed at least 13 people and injured 100.
1988 8-year-old DeAndra Anrig found herself airborne when the string of her kite was snagged by an airplane flying over Shoreline Park in Mountain View, Calif. (DeAndra was lifted 10 feet off the ground and carried some 100 feet until she let go; she was not seriously hurt.)
??? Big Bird muppet was born today on in an unknown year.(Sesame Street)
1992 Manuel Noriega’s (Panama) wife Felicidad arrested for stealing buttons from dresses.
1994 Wrestlemania X at Madison Square Garden New York, Bret “The Hitman” Hart pins Yokozuna to win WWF championship.
1885 John Matzeliger of Suriname patents shoe lacing machine.
1954 1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia Pennsylvania).
1996 Erik & Lyle Menendez found guilty of killing their parents.
1815 Napoleon Bonaparte returned to Paris after escaping his exile on Elba, beginning his “Hundred Days” rule.
1998 President Clinton’s lawyer, appearing before a federal court in Little Rock, Ark., declared that Paula Jones’ evidence of sexual harassment was “garbage” unworthy of a trial.
1980 US appeals to International Court on hostages in Iran.
1939 7,000 Jews flee German occupied Memel Lithuania.
1969 John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.
2007 Saddam Hussein’s former deputy, Taha Yassin Ramadan, was hanged in Baghdad, the fourth man to be executed in the killings of 148 Shiites.
1984 Senate rejects amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools.
2007 Rescuers found Michael Auberry, a 12-year-old Boy Scout, who was dehydrated and disoriented after four days in the wooded mountains of North Carolina.
1902 Edgar Buchanan Humansville MO, actor (Uncle Joe-Petticoat Junction).
1906 Ozzie Nelson Jersey City NJ, actor (Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet).
1908 American broadcasting pioneer Frank Stanton, the president of CBS for 26 years, was born in Muskegon, Mich.
Producer-director-comedian Carl Reiner is 86. Actor Hal Linden is 77. Singer Jerry Reed is 71. Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney is 69. Country singer Don Edwards is 69. TV producer Paul Junger Witt is 65. Country singer-musician Ranger Doug (Riders in the Sky) is 62. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Orr is 60. Blues singer-musician Marcia Ball is 59. Actor William Hurt is 58. Rock musician Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 58. Rock musician Jimmie Vaughan is 57. Country musician Jimmy Seales (Shenandoah) is 54. Movie director Spike Lee is 51. Actress Theresa Russell is 51. Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway is 51. Actress Holly Hunter is 50. Rock musician Slim Jim Phantom (The Stray Cats) is 47. Actress-model Kathy Ireland is 45. Actor David Thewlis is 45. Rock musician Adrian Oxaal (James) is 43. Actress Liza Snyder is 40. Actor Michael Rapaport is 38. Actor Alexander Chaplin is 37. Rock singer Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) is 32. Actor Michael Genadry is 30. Actress Bianca Lawson is 29.
1727 Sir Issac Newton English physicist/astronomer, dies in London at 84.
1991 Conor Clapton Eric Clapton’s son, falls out of 53rd floor window at 4.
March 20, the 80th day of 2008. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring’s arrival: 1:48 a.m. Eastern time.