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This Day at Law

First woman executed by electric chair

On March 20, 1899, Martha Place, convicted of the murder of her step-daughter, became the first woman to die in the electric chair. The execution was carried out at New York's Auburn Prison. Review The Last Stop: Women in the Electric Chair, from Court TV.

Dutch East India Company established

On March 20, 1602, the States-General of the Netherlands established the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The creation edict granted VOC a monopoly over Dutch colonial activities in Asia for twenty-one years. During that time, VOC became the world's first multinational company and the first to issue stock.Read a history of the VOC and view the world's oldest share of stock, as issued by the VOC.

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