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 293rd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 72 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 7, 2017 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,508,457,600 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 ‘dihectaenneacontatrigon’ 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 122 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 1,764 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 20 Historical Events

  • 1873
    Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers universities draft the first code of American football rules.
  • 1935
    The Long March ends.
  • 1943
    The cargo vessel Sinfra is attacked by Allied aircraft at Suda Bay, Crete, and sunk. 2,098 Italian prisoners of war drown with it.
  • 1947
    United States of America and Pakistan establish diplomatic relations for the first time.
  • 1951
    The “Johnny Bright Incident” occurs in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 1962
    China launches simultaneous offensives in Ladakh and across the McMahon Line, beginning the Sino-Indian War.
  • 1967
    A purported bigfoot is filmed by Patterson and Gimlin.
  • 1971
    The Nepal Stock Exchange collapses.
  • 1982
    During the UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem, 66 people are crushed to death in the Luzhniki disaster.
  • 1991
    The Oakland Hills firestorm kills 25 and destroys 3,469 homes and apartments, causing more than $2 billion in damage.

Who were born on October 20?

  • 1616
    Thomas Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and theologian (d. 1680)
  • 1808
    Karl Andree, German geographer (d. 1875)
  • 1925
    Art Buchwald, American humorist (d. 2007)
  • 1927
    Gunturu Seshendra Sarma, Indian poet (d. 2007)
  • 1951
    Al Greenwood, American rock musician (Foreigner)
  • 1958
    Ivo Pogorelic, Croatian pianist
  • 1965
    Mikhail Shtalenkov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1967
    Marco Ngai, Hong Kong actor
  • 1970
    Chavo Guerrero, Jr., American professional wrestler
  • 1986
    Priyanka Sharma, Indian actress

Who died on October 20?

  • 1139
    Henry X, Duke of Bavaria
  • 1652
    Antonio Coello, Spanish writer (b. 1611)
  • 1842
    Grace Darling, English heroine (b. 1815)
  • 1910
    David B. Hill, Governor of New York (b. 1843)
  • 1964
    Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States (b. 1874)
  • 1983
    Yves Thériault, French Canadian author (b. 1915)
  • 1989
    Anthony Quayle, English actor (b. 1913)
  • 1990
    Joel McCrea, American actor (b. 1905)
  • 2005
    Shirley Horn, American singer (b. 1934)
  • 2007
    Paul Raven, British bass-player (Killing Joke, Ministry) (b. 1961)

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