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20 Mar

Today in History

1937 :

Sombat Metanee, Thai film actor and director, born in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

1923 :

Barbara Graham, American criminal convicted of murder, born in Oakland, California (d. 1955)

1892 :

Pearl S. Buck, American author (Good Earth-Nobel 1938), born in Hillsboro, West Virginia (d. 1973)

1887 :

Anthony Gustav de Rothschild, British philanthropist, born in London (d. 1961)

1987 :

Glen Hall, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1965), commits suicide

1958 :

Martinus Ballings, Flemish jesuit/author (Vocation), dies at 93

1958 :

George Orton, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)

1848 :

Stevenson Archer, American judge and Congressmen from Maryland, dies at 61

1797 :

Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow, though farmers fear effects of iron on soil

1718 :

Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great's son, mysteriously dies after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him.

1498 :

Toothbrush invented in China using boar bristles

1284 :

According to the Lüneburg manuscript, a piper leads 130 children of Hamelin away

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