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On This Day in History - 20th March


1828Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright and poet
1890Benjamino Gigli, World renowned Italian operatic tenor
1908Sir Michael Redgrave, Actor of stage and screen
1917Dame Vera Lynn, Singer and wartime 'Forces Sweetheart'
1937Jerry Reed, Country music guitarist
1950William Hurt, American film actor
1956Philip Oppenheim, Conservative politician
1961Slim Jim Phantom, Of the Pop group 'Stray Cats'


1602The Dutch East India Company was founded
1727Isaac Newton, discoverer of the 'Laws of Gravity', died and was buried in Westminster Abbey
1806The foundation stone of Dartmoor prison was laid
1956Tunisia gained independence from France
1969John Lennon, of the Beatles, married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar
1974An gunman tried (and failed) to kidnap Princess Anne from her car
1980The Pirate radio ship, Radio Caroline, sank
1990Namibia became an independent country after 105 years
1995The Queen began a visit to South Africa, the first royal visit since the end of apartheid