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

  • 1803
    The United States Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 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.
  • 1941
    World War II: Thousands of civilians in Kragujevac in German-occupied Serbia are killed in the Kragujevac massacre.
  • 1947
    United States of America and Pakistan establish diplomatic relations for the first time.
  • 1968
    Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
  • 1973
    The Sydney Opera House opens.
  • 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
    A 6.8 Mw earthquake strikes the Uttarkashi region of India, killing more than 1,000 people.
  • 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?

  • 1496
    Claude, Duke of Guise, French soldier (d. 1550)
  • 1620
    Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch painter (d. 1691)
  • 1677
    Stanisław I Leszczyński, King of Poland (d. 1766)
  • 1935
    Jerry Orbach, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1940
    Robert Pinsky, American poet and Poet Laureate of the United States
  • 1955
    Aaron Pryor, American boxer
  • 1958
    Valerie Faris, American film director
  • 1971
    Dannii Minogue, Australian singer
  • 1979
    John Krasinski, American actor
  • 1982
    Becky Brewerton, Welsh golfer

Who died on October 20?

  • 1870
    Michael William Balfe, Irish composer (b. 1808)
  • 1957
    Michalis Dorizas, Greek Olympic medalist (b. 1890)
  • 1972
    Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (b. 1885)
  • 1984
    Carl Ferdinand Cori, Austrian-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1896)
  • 1987
    Andrey Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1903)
  • 1993
    Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese painter (b. 1909)
  • 2002
    Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2003
    Miodrag Petrović, Serbian actor (b. 1924)
  • 2004
    Chuck Hiller, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 2005
    Eva Svankmajerova, Czech artist (b. 1940)

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