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Today:

1. 1602: The Dutch East India Company was established, with the goal of monopolizing trade between the Netherlands and Asia.

2. 1852: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was published in book form, having previously been serialized in an abolitionist newspaper.

3. 1916: Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity in a paper titled “Die Grundlage der allgemeinen Relativit√§tstheorie” (The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity).

4. 1922: The USS Langley (CV-1), the United States Navy’s first aircraft carrier, was commissioned.

5. 1952: The United States Senate ratified a peace treaty with Japan, formally ending World War II hostilities between the two countries.

6. 1985: Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, completing the 1,135-mile journey across Alaska in 18 days, 20 minutes, and 17 seconds.

7. 1995: A nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system killed 13 people and injured more than 1,000 others. The attack was carried out by members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult.

8. 2003: The United States invaded Iraq, marking the beginning of the Iraq War.

9. 2015: A solar eclipse, known as the total solar eclipse of March 20, was visible across Northern Europe, the Faroe Islands, and Svalbard.

10. 2019: Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report on Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections to Attorney General William Barr.