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On This Day: March 20


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What do Michael Jackson, General Douglas Macarthur and Princess Anne have in common? A connection to March 20.

Important events that shaped the worlds of science, transport and entertainment took place on March 20. Learn more here: 

Colonel Sanders and General McArthur.

Colonel Sanders and General McArthur

  • Alessandro Volta reports his discovery of the electric battery in a letter to Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society of London (1800).
  • English explorer Matthew Flinders names the Spencer Gulf in South Australia (1802).
  • The first flight from London to South Africa lands (it took six weeks) (1920).
  • American fast-food restaurant Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is founded by Colonel Harland Sanders in Kentucky (1930).
  • US General Douglas Macarthur first makes his famous "I shall return" speech at Terowie, in South Australia (1942).
  • An attempt is made to kidnap Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II (1974).
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' smash hit, I Love Rock 'n Roll, goes to No.1 for 7 weeks (1982).
  • King of Pop Michael Jackson signs a $65 million, six-album deal with Sony records (1991).
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