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

  • 1781
    Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, is approved in Habsburg Monarchy.
  • 1873
    Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers universities draft the first code of American football rules.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1962
    China launches simultaneous offensives in Ladakh and across the McMahon Line, beginning the Sino-Indian War.
  • 1968
    Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
  • 1973
    The Sydney Opera House opens.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 1882
    Bela Lugosi, Hungarian-born American actor (d. 1956)
  • 1894
    Olive Thomas, American actress (d. 1920)
  • 1895
    Rex Ingram, American actor (d. 1969)
  • 1946
    Lewis Grizzard, American writer and humorist (d. 1994)
  • 1952
    Melanie Mayron, American actress
  • 1965
    William Zabka, American actor
  • 1972
    Will Greenwood, England rugby union player
  • 1983
    Takayuki Yamada, Japanese actor
  • 1984
    Andrew Trimble, Northern Irish rugby player

Who died on October 20?

  • 1631
    Michael Maestlin, German astronomer and mathematician (b. 1550)
  • 1652
    Antonio Coello, Spanish writer (b. 1611)
  • 1935
    Arthur Henderson, Scottish politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1863)
  • 1964
    Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States (b. 1874)
  • 1989
    Anthony Quayle, English actor (b. 1913)
  • 1993
    Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese painter (b. 1909)
  • 2004
    Chuck Hiller, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 2007
    Max McGee, American football player (b. 1932)
  • 2011
    Moatassem Gaddafi, Son of Moammar Gaddafi and National Security Adviser of Libya (b. 1977)
  • 2011
    Tone Pavček, Slovenian poet and translator (b. 1928)

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