On this day: March 20

POSTED: 10:31 AM PDT Mar 15, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 19, 2016 

Napoleon returns to Paris, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is published, the Republican Party is born, John and Yoko get hitched, and Janis Joplin hits No. 1 posthumously, all on this day.

OTD March 20 - Pat Riley
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1945: Hall of Fame basketball coach Pat Riley, who led the Los Angeles Lakers to four NBA titles in the 1980s and won another in 2006 with the Miami Heat, is born in Rome, New York. Riley also played in the NBA with the San Diego Rockets, Lakers and Phoenix Suns, helping the Lakers to a NBA championship as a player in 1972. A two-sport star while in college at the University of Kentucky, he was also named the SEC Player of the Year his junior year and was drafted in both the NBA and NFL.


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