ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ MARCH 20
1906 - Ozzie Nelson, Jersey City NJ, actor (Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet) is born
1911 - Winter Garden Theater opens at 1634 Broadway NYC
1917 - Vera Lynn, singer (Anniversary Waltz) is born
1918 - Jack Barry, Lindenhurst NY, game show emcee (Joker's Wild) is born
1920 - 1st flight from London to South Africa lands (took 1½ months)
1922 - Carl Reiner, Bronx, comedian (2000 Year Old Man, Dick Van Dyke Show)is born
1922 - USS Langley is commissioned, Navy's 1st aircraft Carrier
1928 - Fred Rogers, Latrobe PA, children TV host (Mr Rogers' Neighborhood) is born
1931 - Hal Linden, [Harold Lipshitz], actor (Barney Miller, Blacke's Magic) is born
1933 - Dachau, 1st concentration camp, completed
1934 - Rudolf Kuhnold demonstrates radar in Kiel Germany
1935 - "Your Hit Parade" made its debut on radio
1937 - Jerry Reed, Atlanta GA, singer/actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit) is born
1942 - Gen MacArthur vows, "I shall return"
1943 - German U-384 bombed & sinks
1948 - 20th Academy Awards - "Gentleman's Agreement," L Young, R Colman win minutes by 2nd live televised musical Arturo Toscvanni on NBC
1948 - Disney wins 2 Oscars for the film, Song of the South.
1952 - US senate ratifies peace treaty with Japan
1954 - "King & I" closes at St James Theater NYC after 1246 performances
1954 - 1st newspaper vending machine used (Columbia Pennsylvania)
1958 - Holly Hunter, Conyers Georgia, American actress (Broadcast News, The Piano) is born
1959 - Bobby Rydell makes his first TV appearance, on "American Bandstand."
1961 - Ricky Nelson records, "Hello Mary Lou."
1963 – Kathy Ireland, actress / model, is born
1967 - Supremes release "The Happening"
1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono are married in Gibraltar.
1970 - David Bowie and Angela Barnett are married.
1973 - Roberto Clemente elected to Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death
1976 - Patricia Hearst convicted of armed robbery
1976 - "Young Blood" by Bad Company is released.
1979 - Columbia flies on Shuttle carrier aircraft to Kennedy Space Center
1980 - US appeals to International Court on hostages in Iran
1982 - Buckner & Garcia perform "Pac-Man Fever" on "American Bandstand."
1982 - Joan Jett & Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" goes #1 for 7 wks
1984 - Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) marries Britt Ekland.
1987 - FDA approves sale of AZT (AIDS treatment)
1989 - Baseball announces Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation
1990 - LA Lakers retires Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's #33
1990 - Gloria Estefan and her band are injured in a bus accident near Scranton, PA.
1991 - Court awards Peggy Lee $3 million in suit against Disney
1991 - Michael Jackson signs $65M 6 album deal with Sony records
1991 - Eric Clapton's 4 year old son, Conor, dies after falling from a 53rd story New York City apartment window.
1992 - Janice Pennington is awarded $1.3M for accident on Price is Right set
1992 - Noriega's wife Felicidad arrested for stealing buttons from dresses
1995 - Beatles song, "Baby It's You," with late John Lennon as lead singer, is released, 1st Fab Four single in more than 30 years
1996 - Erik & Lyle Menendez found guilty of killing their parents
1999 - Legoland California, the first and only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.