Historical Political Events for March 20

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Year Event
1815 Napoleon I enters Paris, France, and the “Hundred Days” (Napoleon's second period of rule) begin. Over the next two days he forms a government composed primarily of his former ministers. (from The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1815 Switzerland declares permanent neutrality in all wars.
1896 U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua {pdf} to protect U.S. citizens in the wake of a revolution.
1973 A US military base was built by Halliburton and commissioned on this date on the island of Diego Garcia after forcibly evacuating its residents. Exactly 30 years later, on March 20, 2003, the Shock and Awe bombing campaign was launched from Diego Garcia. The former residents ("slaves" according to the official version) have now taken legal action to get their island back. Good luck. More.
1976 U.S. heiress Patricia Hearst is found guilty of armed bank robbery. Clinton pardoned her in 2001.
1998 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (from the CBD): From the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, U.S. Navy: "REPRODUCTION OF OBSOLETE AUDIO RECORDINGS", AMT $1,049,660.00, TO The Cutting Corporation [Well, just because they are obsolete doesn't mean we can't spend money on them!]
2003 President Bush (R) begins the invasion of Iraq when US led "Coalition" forces send missiles into Baghdad in an effort to "take out" the Iraqi leaders. Ten Years After the Invasion: America Destroyed Iraq, War Crimes Remain Unacknowledged and Unpunished.
2006 President George W. Bush (R) signed into law a $781 billion increase in U.S. borrowing authority, making the Treasury Department's new debt limit $8.965 trillion.
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Quote of
the Day
I think we are welcomed. But it was not a peaceful welcome.
    — President Bush (R) to Brian Williams' question, "that we'd be welcomed as liberators [did not go as planned]?
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