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, 24,615,360 minutes 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

  • 1883
    Peru and Chile sign the Treaty of Ancón, by which the Tarapacá province is ceded to the latter, bringing an end to Peru’s involvement in the War of the Pacific.
  • 1935
    The Long March ends.
  • 1939
    Pope Pius XII publishes his first major encyclical entitled Summi Pontificatus.
  • 1944
    General Douglas MacArthur fulfills his promise to return to the Philippines when he commands an Allied assault on the islands, reclaiming them from the Japanese during the Second World War.
  • 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.
  • 1973
    “Saturday Night Massacre”: President Richard Nixon fires U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus after they refuse to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who is finally fired by Robert Bork.
  • 1977
    A plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashes in Mississippi, killing lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines along with backup singer Cassie Gaines, the road manager, pilot, and co-pilot.
  • 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.

Who were born on October 20?

  • 1620
    Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch painter (d. 1691)
  • 1893
    Charley Chase, American comedian (d. 1940)
  • 1914
    Fayard Nicholas, American dancer (d. 2006)
  • 1932
    Rosey Brown, American football player (d. 2004)
  • 1953
    Keith Hernandez, American baseball player
  • 1958
    Mark King, English musician and singer (Level 42)
  • 1958
    Viggo Mortensen, American actor
  • 1965
    Mikhail Shtalenkov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1977
    Leila Josefowicz, Canadian classical violinist
  • 1980
    Gary Jarman, English musician

Who died on October 20?

  • 1570
    João de Barros, Portuguese historian (b. 1496)
  • 1740
    Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1685)
  • 1900
    Naim Frashëri, Albanian poet (b. 1846)
  • 1935
    Arthur Henderson, Scottish politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1863)
  • 1957
    Michalis Dorizas, Greek Olympic medalist (b. 1890)
  • 1977
    Members of the American rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd killed in a plane crash: Cassie Gaines (b. 1948)
  • 2004
    Chuck Hiller, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 2005
    Shirley Horn, American singer (b. 1934)
  • 2006
    Jane Wyatt, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 2010
    Bob Guccione, American publisher (Penthouse magazine) (b. 1930)

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