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

  • 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.
  • 1873
    Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers universities draft the first code of American football rules.
  • 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.
  • 1970
    Siad Barre declares Somalia a socialist state.
  • 1971
    The Nepal Stock Exchange collapses.
  • 1982
    During the UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem, 66 people are crushed to death in the Luzhniki disaster.
  • 1991
    The Oakland Hills firestorm kills 25 and destroys 3,469 homes and apartments, causing more than $2 billion in damage.
  • 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?

  • 1919
    Tracy Hall, American inventor (d. 2008)
  • 1956
    Danny Boyle, English film director
  • 1958
    Lynn Flewelling, American fantasy author
  • 1967
    Luck Mervil, Québécois actor and singer
  • 1967
    Marco Ngai, Hong Kong actor
  • 1972
    Pie Geelen, Dutch swimmer
  • 1976
    Tom Wisniewski, American guitarist (MxPx)
  • 1987
    Raphael Hackl, German rugby player
  • 1988
    Candice Swanepoel, South African model
  • 1988
    Risa Niigaki, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)

Who died on October 20?

  • 1139
    Henry X, Duke of Bavaria
  • 1870
    Michael William Balfe, Irish composer (b. 1808)
  • 1953
    Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (b. 1916)
  • 1977
    Members of the American rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd killed in a plane crash: Steve Gaines (b. 1949)
  • 2002
    Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2003
    Jack Elam, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 2006
    Jane Wyatt, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 2007
    Max McGee, American football player (b. 1932)
  • 2011
    Moatassem Gaddafi, Son of Moammar Gaddafi and National Security Adviser of Libya (b. 1977)
  • 2011
    Muammar Gaddafi, Ruler of Libya (b. 1942)

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