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

  • 1740
    Maria Theresa takes the throne of Austria. France, Prussia, Bavaria and Saxony refuse to honour the Pragmatic Sanction and the War of the Austrian Succession begins.
  • 1818
    The Convention of 1818 signed between the United States and the United Kingdom which, among other things, settled the Canada – United States border on the 49th parallel for most of its length.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1968
    Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
  • 1971
    The Nepal Stock Exchange collapses.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on October 20?

  • 1711
    Timothy Ruggles, American politician (d. 1795)
  • 1923
    Robert Craft, American conductor
  • 1937
    Wanda Jackson, American rock and rockabilly singer
  • 1952
    Melanie Mayron, American actress
  • 1958
    Mark King, English musician and singer (Level 42)
  • 1959
    Mark Little, Australian actor and comedian
  • 1965
    Jil Caplan, French singer and songwriter
  • 1967
    Luck Mervil, Québécois actor and singer
  • 1977
    Sam Witwer, American actor
  • 1980
    Gary Jarman, English musician

Who died on October 20?

  • 460
    Aelia Eudocia, Byzantine Empress
  • 1139
    Henry X, Duke of Bavaria
  • 1570
    João de Barros, Portuguese historian (b. 1496)
  • 1865
    Champ Ferguson, Confederate guerrilla (b. 1821)
  • 1993
    Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese painter (b. 1909)
  • 1995
    Christopher Stone, American actor (b. 1942)
  • 1999
    Calvin Griffith, Former owner of Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins (b. 1911)
  • 2002
    Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2003
    Jack Elam, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 2007
    Max McGee, American football player (b. 1932)

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