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Calendar for March 20th, 2012

Vernal Equinox, 6:45 P.M. EDT

The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning "equal night." The vernal, or spring, equinox is the point at which the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator from south to north, signaling the beginning of nature's renewal in the Northern Hemisphere.
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Every Year

  • Born : Big Bird (character from Sesame Street)

  • Born : Ovid (Roman poet, born in 43 B.C.)

  • 1410s

  • Died 1413: King Henry IV of England

  • 1540s

  • Died 1549: Sir Thomas Seymour (brother of Queen Jane, uncle to Prince Edward)

  • 1720s

  • Died 1727: Sir Isaac Newton (physicist)

  • 1820s

  • Born 1828: Henrik Ibsen (poet & playwright)

  • 1830s

  • Born 1834: Charles William Eliot (educator)

  • 1850s

  • 1852: Uncle Tom's Cabin, written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, was published

  • 1880s

  • 1880: American Bell Telephone Co. was organized

  • 1900s

  • Born 1906: Ozzie Nelson (actor)

  • Born 1908: Sir Michael Redgrave (actor)

  • 1910s

  • 1911: The first Farm Bureau in U.S. formed in Binghamton, N.Y.

  • Born 1918: Jack Barry (game show host)

  • 1920s

  • 1920: The first flight between England and South Africa was completed by Col. H.A. van Rejneveld and Maj. C.J. Brand of the South African Air Force

  • Born 1922: Ray Goulding (comedian)

  • Born 1922: Carl Reiner (actor & director)

  • Born 1928: Fred Rogers (educator, minister, host of children's television show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1937: Jerry Reed (actor)

  • 1940s

  • 1945: USS Midway launched, Newport News, Virginia

  • 1945: British troops captured Japanese-held Mandalay (WWII)

  • Born 1948: Bobby Orr (hockey player)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1950: William Hurt (actor)

  • Born 1950: Carl Palmer (musician)

  • 1952: The peace treaty restoring Japanese sovereignty was ratified by U.S. Senate, ending American occupation of Japan

  • Born 1958: Holly Hunter (actress)

  • 1960s

  • 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married in a civil ceremony in Gibraltar

  • 1970s

  • 1970: Communications satellite NATO 1 launched

  • 1980s

  • Born 1984: Christy Carlson Romano (actress)

  • 1985: Libby Riddles of Teller, AK, became the first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Dog Race, from Anchorage to Nome

  • 2010s

  • 2012: A magnitude-7.6 earthquake located 120 miles east of Acapulco shook southern Mexico

  • 2015: Total Eclipse of the Sun

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