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, 419,016 hours 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

  • 1720
    Caribbean pirate Calico Jack is captured by the Royal Navy.
  • 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.
  • 1873
    Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers universities draft the first code of American football rules.
  • 1904
    Chile and Bolivia sign the Treaty of Peace and Friendship, delimiting the border between the two countries.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 1947
    United States of America and Pakistan establish diplomatic relations for the first time.
  • 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.

Who were born on October 20?

  • 1822
    Thomas Hughes, English novelist (d. 1896)
  • 1904
    Anna Neagle, English actress (d. 1986)
  • 1931
    Richard Caliguiri, American politician (d. 1988)
  • 1937
    Juan Marichal, Dominican baseball player
  • 1940
    Robert Pinsky, American poet and Poet Laureate of the United States
  • 1965
    William Zabka, American actor
  • 1976
    Nicola Legrottaglie, Italian footballer
  • 1978
    Virender Sehwag, Indian cricketer
  • 1979
    Paul Ifill, Barbadian footballer
  • 1985
    James Sutton, British racing driver

Who died on October 20?

  • 1631
    Michael Maestlin, German astronomer and mathematician (b. 1550)
  • 1740
    Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1685)
  • 1940
    Gunnar Asplund, Swedish architect (b. 1885)
  • 1953
    Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (b. 1916)
  • 1967
    Yoshida Shigeru, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1878)
  • 1968
    Bud Flanagan, British wartime entertainer (b. 1896)
  • 1977
    Members of the American rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd killed in a plane crash: Cassie Gaines (b. 1948)
  • 1983
    Peter Dudley, British actor (b. 1935)
  • 1990
    Joel McCrea, American actor (b. 1905)
  • 2003
    Miodrag Petrović, Serbian actor (b. 1924)

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