Today is Friday, March 20th. It’s World Frog Day, World Oral Health Day, National Ravioli Day, Alien Abduction Day, International Day of Happiness, National Kiss Your Fiancé Day, National Preschool Teachers Appreciation Day and Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day

There are 23 days until Easter
There are 66 days until Memorial Day

Today is the day that…

— in 1800, Alessandro Volta reports his discovery of the electric battery

— in 1868, The Jesse James Gang robs a bank in Russellville, Kentucky, of $14,000

— in 1928, Mister Rodgers’ Neighborhood star Fred Rogers is born

— in 1930, Kentucky Fried Chicken is founded by Colonel Harland Sanders in North Corbin, Kentucky

— in 1954, The first newspaper vending machine is used in Columbia, Pennsylvania

— in 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signs a bill removing gold backing from U.S. paper money

— in 1969, John Lennon marries Yoko Ono at the Rock of Gibraltar

— in 1971, Nearly six months after her death, Janis Joplin’s “Me And Bobby McGee” hits #1 in the US for the first of two weeks.

— in 1973, Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, eleven weeks after his death in a plane crash

— in 1982, The duo Buckner & Garcia appear on American Bandstand to perform their novelty hit single “Pac-Man Fever”

— in 1984, The US Senate rejects an amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools

— in 1987, the Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of AZT, a drug shown to prolong the lives of some AIDS patients

— in 1989, Major League Baseball announces that Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation for gambling on games

— also in 1989, After 37 years on the air, Dick Clark announces he will discontinue hosting American Bandstand

— in 1990, On the way to a show in Syracuse, Miami Sound Machine’s tour bus is hit by a tractor trailer on a snowy highway. Gloria Estefan suffers a serious spinal injury requiring four hours of surgery and months of recovery.

— in 1991, Michael Jackson signed a record $1 billion contract with Sony

— also in 1991, Eric Clapton’s 4-year-old son, Conor, dies after falling out of a window at his mother’s apartment. Conor’s death inspires Eric to write “Tears In Heaven”.

— in 1996, brothers Erik and Lyle Menendez were found guilty of killing their parents

— in 1999, Legoland opened in California

— in 2002, the accounting firm Arthur Andersen plead innocent to charges it shredded documents and deleted computer files related to Houston-based energy company Enron

— in 2002, Pamela Anderson disclosed that she had hepatitis C

— in 2003, on the day the Iraq war begins, Bruce Springsteen opens his Melbourne, Australia, show with an acoustic version of “Born In The U.S.A.” followed by a cover of Edwin Starr’s “War.”

— in 2004, the U.S. military charged six soldiers with abusing inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq

— in 2006, Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, gave birth to a baby boy named Barron William Trump

— in 2008, Rolling Stone magazine endorses Barack Obama by putting him on the first of three covers

— in 2012, former Indianapolis Colts star Peyton Manning signed a 5-year, $96 million deal with the Denver Broncos

— in 2012, TMZ announced that Jersey Shore star The Situation checked into rehab

— in 2015, The series finale of Glee, titled “Dreams Come True,” airs on FOX.

— in 2019, Golf Week claimed former President George W Bush scored a hole in one while golfing in Dallas

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