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This Day In History: March 20

Today is the 80th day of 2008 and the 1st day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1922, the first U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, USS Langley, was commissioned. In 1952, the U.S. Senate ratified a peace treaty returning sovereignty to Japan. In 1995, a Tokyo cult released sarin gas into the subway system, killing 12 and injuring thousands.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: B.F. Skinner (1904-90), psychologist; Sir Michael Redgrave (1908-95), actor; Fred Rogers (1928-2003), TV host; William Hurt (1950- ), actor, is 58; Spike Lee (1957- ), filmmaker, is 51; Holly Hunter (1958- ), actress, is 50.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1948, the National Boxing Federation adopted a 21-point safety program as an attempt to end a string of deaths in the ring.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten." - B.F. Skinner

TODAY'S FACT: The Japanese constitution, adopted in 1947, renounces war "forever."

TODAY'S NUMBER: $7 million - amount that Spike Lee's first feature film She's Gotta Have It grossed, far exceeding its $175,000 budget.

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (March 14) and full moon (March 21).


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