Sir Isaac Newton – physicist, mathematician and astronomer – died in London.
Playwright Henrik Ibsen was born in Skien, Norway.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin first published. Legend has it when President Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe, the book’s author, he said, ‘so you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war”.
The Republican Party of the United States is organized in Ripon, Wisconsin.
It elected its first President six years later in 1860 with Abraham Lincoln.
The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property is signed
Albert Einstein publishes his theory of relativity.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono married in Gilbraltar near Span.
Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips escape an apparent kidnap attempt.
THE SLAP. Sondra Gotlieb, wife of Canada’s then-ambassador to the USA Alan Gotlieb, slaps an aide in public during a reception for Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and causes an international stir.
Things went downhill from there for the former Prime Minister (who was born on this day) as he is now the subject of a parody opera.
A sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway kills 12 and wounds 1,300 persons.
Liggett Group settled 22 state lawsuits by admitting the industry markets cigarettes to teenagers and agreeing to warn on every pack that smoking is addictive.
“Shock and Awe” begins, as US launches missile strikes against Iraq.
The U.S. military charged six soldiers with abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Birthdays and Celebrations
World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. It is celebrated every year on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, the first day of autumn equinox in the southern. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night. Participants tell each other about their events in order to share stories and inspiration, to learn from each other and create international contacts.
World Sparrow Day is a day designated to raise awareness of the House Sparrow and other common birds to urban environments, and of threats to their populations, observed on 20 March. It is an international initiative by the Nature Forever Society of India in collaboration with the Eco-Sys Action Foundation (France) and numerous other national and international organisations across the world
William Hurt – See Mickey Rourke Rule Below
For basketball fans (Knicks fans in particular), Lee is forever linked to Pacer star Reggie Miller.
40 and Under
Body Heat is an 1981 film noir classic written and directed by Lawrence Kasden. It was Kathleen Turner’s breakout performance as the William Hurt’s femme fatale.
While being worthwhile in its own right, I often cite the movie for what I call the “Mickey Rourke Rule” at 1:48. For those who take risks when it comes to compliance, the Rule is most instructive.