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, 410,256 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 ‘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

  • 1781
    Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, is approved in Habsburg Monarchy.
  • 1935
    The Long March ends.
  • 1939
    Pope Pius XII publishes his first major encyclical entitled Summi Pontificatus.
  • 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
    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.
  • 1951
    The “Johnny Bright Incident” occurs in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 1961
    The Soviet Union performs the first armed test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, launching an R-13 from a Golf class submarine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    A 6.8 Mw earthquake strikes the Uttarkashi region of India, killing more than 1,000 people.

Who were born on October 20?

  • 1801
    Melchior Berri, Swiss architect (d. 1854)
  • 1882
    Bela Lugosi, Hungarian-born American actor (d. 1956)
  • 1925
    Roger Hanin, French actor
  • 1931
    Mickey Mantle, American baseball player (d. 1995)
  • 1946
    Richard Loncraine, British film director
  • 1957
    Chris Cowdrey, English cricketer
  • 1962
    Dave Wong, Hong Kong/Taiwanese singer-songwriter
  • 1965
    Jil Caplan, French singer and songwriter
  • 1969
    Laurie Daley, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1980
    Gary Jarman, English musician

Who died on October 20?

  • 1139
    Henry X, Duke of Bavaria
  • 1907
    Said Pasha Kurd, Kurdish statesman (b. 1834)
  • 1910
    David B. Hill, Governor of New York (b. 1843)
  • 1935
    Arthur Henderson, Scottish politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1863)
  • 1936
    Anne Sullivan, American teacher (b. 1866)
  • 1977
    Members of the American rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd killed in a plane crash: Cassie Gaines (b. 1948)
  • 1990
    Joel McCrea, American actor (b. 1905)
  • 1995
    Christopher Stone, American actor (b. 1942)
  • 2010
    Bob Guccione, American publisher (Penthouse magazine) (b. 1930)
  • 2011
    Muammar Gaddafi, Ruler of Libya (b. 1942)

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