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

  • 1818
    The Convention of 1818 signed between the United States and the United Kingdom which, among other things, settled the Canada – United States border on the 49th parallel for most of its length.
  • 1904
    Chile and Bolivia sign the Treaty of Peace and Friendship, delimiting the border between the two countries.
  • 1917
    The Military Revolutionary Committee of the Petrograd Soviet, in charge of preparation and carrying out the Russian Revolution, holds its first meeting.
  • 1939
    Pope Pius XII publishes his first major encyclical entitled Summi Pontificatus.
  • 1947
    The House Un-American Activities Committee begins its investigation into Communist infiltration of Hollywood, resulting in a blacklist that prevents some from working in the industry for years.
  • 1952
    Governor Evelyn Baring declares a state of emergency in Kenya and begins arresting hundreds of suspected leaders of the Mau Mau Uprising, including Jomo Kenyatta, the future first President of Kenya.
  • 1970
    Siad Barre declares Somalia a socialist state.
  • 1991
    A 6.8 Mw earthquake strikes the Uttarkashi region of India, killing more than 1,000 people.
  • 1991
    The Oakland Hills firestorm kills 25 and destroys 3,469 homes and apartments, causing more than $2 billion in damage.
  • 2011
    The former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, and his son Moatassem Gaddafi are killed shortly after the battle of Sirte (2011) while in the custody of NTC fighters.

Who were born on October 20?

  • 1923
    Robert Craft, American conductor
  • 1938
    Iain Macmillan, Scottish photographer (d. 2006)
  • 1940
    Kathy Kirby, British singer (d. 2011)
  • 1951
    Claudio Ranieri, Italian football player and manager
  • 1952
    Melanie Mayron, American actress
  • 1963
    Julie Payette, Canadian astronaut
  • 1963
    Nikos Tsiantakis, Greek footballer
  • 1965
    William Zabka, American actor
  • 1967
    Marco Ngai, Hong Kong actor
  • 1985
    James Sutton, British racing driver

Who died on October 20?

  • 1631
    Michael Maestlin, German astronomer and mathematician (b. 1550)
  • 1842
    Grace Darling, English heroine (b. 1815)
  • 1865
    Champ Ferguson, Confederate guerrilla (b. 1821)
  • 1926
    Eugene Debs, American labor leader and Socialist presidential candidate (b. 1855)
  • 1984
    Paul Dirac, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1992
    Werner Torkanowsky, German conductor (b. 1926)
  • 2001
    Ted Ammon, American financier (b. 1949)
  • 2004
    Chuck Hiller, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 2006
    Jane Wyatt, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 2010
    Parthasarathy Sharma, Indian cricketer (b. 1948)

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