Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on October 20? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

October 20: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 20 is the 294th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 72 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 7, 2016 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,476,921,600 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaenneacontatetragon’ day.

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Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 100 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,399 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 20 Historical Events

  • 1904
    Chile and Bolivia sign the Treaty of Peace and Friendship, delimiting the border between the two countries.
  • 1951
    The “Johnny Bright Incident” occurs in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 1970
    Siad Barre declares Somalia a socialist state.
  • 1976
    The ferry George Prince‘’is struck by a ship while crossing the Mississippi River between Destrehan and Luling, Louisiana. Seventy-eight passengers and crew die and only 18 people aboard the ferry survive.
  • 1991
    A 6.8 Mw earthquake strikes the Uttarkashi region of India, killing more than 1,000 people.

Who were born on October 20?

  • 1632
    Sir Christopher Wren, English architect (d. 1723)
  • 1900
    Wayne Morse, American politician (d. 1974)
  • 1948
    Piet Hein Donner, Dutch politician and minister
  • 1958
    Lynn Flewelling, American fantasy author
  • 1976
    Tom Wisniewski, American guitarist (MxPx)

Who died on October 20?

  • 1957
    Michalis Dorizas, Greek Olympic medalist (b. 1890)
  • 1964
    Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States (b. 1874)
  • 1972
    Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (b. 1885)
  • 2007
    Max McGee, American football player (b. 1932)
  • 2011
    Moatassem Gaddafi, Son of Moammar Gaddafi and National Security Adviser of Libya (b. 1977)

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