March 20

Zidovudine, the first drug designed to fight the virus (HIV) that causes AIDS, was approved by the FDA in 1987. A year’s supply of the drug cost over $10,000; the price has now dropped to $2,000 a year, though the need to use a combination of drugs makes HIV and AIDS expensive to treat.

832 American sailors died when the USS Franklin was hit by Japanese bombs in the course of a naval battle in the Pacific, 1945.

New York City police put a stop to a two-day riot in Harlem, 1935.

Dr. Rudolph Kuehnald tested radar equipment for the German Navy, 1934.

Nazi police in Germany had arrested so many Communists and Social Democrats that they had run out of room in the jails to house them, 1933. Munich Police Commissioner Heinrich Himmler suggested a new form of incarceration: the concentration camp. The Nazis planned to convert an old explosives factory at Dachau into their first concentration camp.

Several schools in Illinois were firebombed, 1932. Four people were killed by a bomb at a high school in Springfield.

A blue-ribbon committee presented a plan to enclose irrigation ditches that meandered through the downtown district of Boise, 1909.

Greatest flood to date of the Mississippi River at New Orleans, 1903. The river was 19 feet and 8 inches above the usual level.

U.S. Marines from the USS Alert went in to Corinto, Nicaragua to protect American citizens during an uprising against the government, 1896.

The first Southern Pacific train arrived in Tucson, Arizona, 1880. Tracks had been completed to connect New Mexico and Arizona with the Pacific coast.

An army unit fought Indians at the mouth of the Rogue River in Oregon, 1856, killing eight warriors.

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, went on sale, 1852.

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Any beast can cry over the misfortunes of its own child. It takes a mensch to weep for others' children. -- Sam Levenson

Acts 8: 14-17 (American Standard Version)

   Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John:  who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:  (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
   Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

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