Uncle Tom’s Cabin, one of the largest urban fires in American history, the start of the Iraq War and Einstein’s theory of relativity are all part of the shock and awe of March 20th.
Mar-20: A Day of Shock and Awe
Uncle Tom’s Cabin first published. Legend has it when President Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe, the book’s author, he said, ‘so you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war”.
The Great Boston Fire of 1872 was Boston’s largest urban fire and still ranks as one of the most costly fire-related property losses in American history. The conflagration began at 7:20 p.m. on November 9, 1872, in the basement of a commercial warehouse at 83-87 Summer Street. The fire was finally contained 12 hours later, after it had consumed about 65 acres (26 ha) of Boston’s downtown, 776 buildings and much of the financial district, and caused $73.5 million in damage. At least 30 people are known to have died in the fire.
The fire occurred less than six months after the famous Chicago fire.
Albert Einstein publishes his theory of relativity.
THE SLAP. Sondra Gotlieb, wife of Canada’s then-ambassador to the USA Alan Gotlieb, slaps an aide in public during a reception for Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and causes an international stir.
Things went downhill from there for the former Prime Minister (who was born on this day) as he is now the subject of a parody opera.
A sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway kills 12 and wounds 1,300 persons.
“Shock and Awe” begins, as US launches missile strikes against Iraq.