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Today in History-March 20 Menendez brothers guilty, Tokyo subway gassed

Lyle and Erik Menendez Mugshots
Lyle and Erik Menendez Mugshots
Beverley Hills Police Department

March 20th was the day in history when…

1996: Erik and Lyle Menendez were found guilty of killing their parents. In 1989 the brothers made a 911 call saying they had come home to find their parents had been murdered. Authorities quickly became suspicious of their story. The boys were eventually arrested and on this date they were found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole.

1995: Poison Gas released in Tokyo subway 12 killed, 4,700 injured. Aum Shinrikyo was a religious cult whose initial acts of terror caused damage but no deaths. That changed on this date when five operatives released sarin gas into subway cars in a coordinated attack. Twelve people perished and thousands were sickened.

1981: Jean Harris sentenced 15-to-life for slaying of the Scarsdale Diet Doctor. Harris was the headmistress of a private school when she began dating well known cardiologist, Herman Tarnower, best known for creating the Scarsdale Diet. The two had a relationship that lasted 14 years. Tarnower had many affairs throughout the years, many of which Harris knew about. On March 10, 1980 Harris went to Tarnower’s home with a loaded gun in her bag. She claimed that she had planned to commit suicide. Harris claimed that Tarnower tried to wrestle the gun away from her and it went off accidently. After a lengthy trial, Harris was found guilty of second-degree murder.

Famous Birthdays:

1958: Holly Hunter – actress
1957: Spike Lee – movie director
1950: William Hurt – actor
1948: Bobby Orr – NHL defenseman
1928: Fred Rogers – TV host, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
1811: Napoleon FKJ Bonaparte II – Napoleon's son/King of Rome

Notable People Lost:

1997: Carlo Fassi – figure skating coach
Conor Clapton – Eric Clapton's son, fell out of 53rd floor window at 5
: Isaac Newton – English physicist/astronomer

Odd Holidays (There's Always Something to Celebrate!):

Teenager's Day
National Agriculture Day
First Day of Spring
National Proposal Day
Snowman Burning Day

Thought for the day: Why does triangularly cut bread taste better than square bread?

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