Catherine Ashton celebrates her birthday on this day

Catherine Ashton is an English politician, former Vice-President of the European Commission. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 20 March?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

Catherine Ashton celebrates her birthday on this day

Catherine Ashton is an English politician, former Vice-President of the European Commission. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 20 March, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 20 MARCH

2015 | Seven years ago, a Solar eclipse, equinox, and a Supermoon all occurred on the same day.

2014 | At least nine people were killed by four suspected Taliban members who attacked the luxurious Kabul Serena Hotel.

2012 | At least 52 people were killed and more than 250 injured in a wave of terror attacks across ten cities in Iraq.

2006 | More than 150 Chadian soldiers were killed in eastern Chad by members of the rebel UFDC. 

2003 | Iraq invasion: Early in the morning, the United States and three other countries (Britain, Australia, and Poland) launched a military operation in Iraq on this day.

1999 | Legoland California, the first Legoland outside of Europe was opened in Carlsbad, California.

BIRTHDAYS

1972 | English-Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer, Alex Kapranos.

1956 | English politician, Vice-President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton.

1968 | English football player and manager, Paul Merson.

1963 | English-French actor, director, and screenwriter, David Thewlis.

1949 | American blues singer-songwriter and pianist, Marcia Ball.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

1878 | German physician and physicist, Julius Robert von Mayer, 64.

1947 | Swedish actor and director, Sigurd Wallén, 63.

2005 | American-Finnish director and screenwriter, Armand Lohikoski, 93.

1971 | Turkish journalist and politician, Falih Rıfkı Atay, 77.

2010 | Indian-Nepalese politician, 30th Prime Minister of Nepal, Girija Prasad Koirala, 86.

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SPORTS

2021 | On this day, Brighton boosted their hopes of Premier League survival by beating Newcastle 3-0 at Amex Stadium.

ENTERTAINMENT

1998 | For the first time in the United States “Wild Things” was released on this day.

AFRICA FACT

The largest primate in the world lives in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).