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.
  • 1827
    Battle of Navarino – a combined Turkish and Egyptian armada is defeated by British, French, and Russian naval force in the port of Navarino in Pylos, Greece.
  • 1939
    Pope Pius XII publishes his first major encyclical entitled Summi Pontificatus.
  • 1941
    World War II: Thousands of civilians in Kragujevac in German-occupied Serbia are killed in the Kragujevac massacre.
  • 1944
    The Soviet Army and Yugoslav Partisans liberate Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia
  • 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.
  • 1961
    The Soviet Union performs the first armed test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, launching an R-13 from a Golf class submarine.
  • 1970
    Siad Barre declares Somalia a socialist state.
  • 1981
    Two police officers and an armored car guard are killed during an armed robbery in Rockland County, NY, carried out by members of the Black Liberation Army and Weather Underground.
  • 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?

  • 1922
    John Anderson, American actor (d. 1992)
  • 1950
    Tom Petty, American musician
  • 1951
    Ken Ham, Australian evangelist and businessman
  • 1953
    Keith Hernandez, American baseball player
  • 1955
    Robert ten Brink, Dutch TV personality and actor
  • 1955
    Thomas Newman, American composer
  • 1961
    Michie Tomizawa, Japanese voice actress
  • 1979
    Paul O'Connell, Irish rugby union player
  • 1982
    Kristian Bak Nielsen, Dutch footballer
  • 1983
    Luis Saritama, Ecuadorian footballer

Who died on October 20?

  • 1870
    Michael William Balfe, Irish composer (b. 1808)
  • 1910
    David B. Hill, Governor of New York (b. 1843)
  • 1936
    Anne Sullivan, American teacher (b. 1866)
  • 1940
    Gunnar Asplund, Swedish architect (b. 1885)
  • 1964
    Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States (b. 1874)
  • 1972
    Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (b. 1885)
  • 2002
    Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    Paul Raven, British bass-player (Killing Joke, Ministry) (b. 1961)
  • 2008
    Gene Hickerson, American football player (b. 1935)
  • 2010
    Bob Guccione, American publisher (Penthouse magazine) (b. 1930)

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