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, 25,140,960 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 ‘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

  • 1548
    The city of Nuestra Señora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace) is founded by Alonso de Mendoza by appointment of the king of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V.
  • 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.
  • 1803
    The United States Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1952
    Governor Evelyn Baring declares a state of emergency in Kenya and begins arresting hundreds of suspected leaders of the Mau Mau Uprising, including Jomo Kenyatta, the future first President of Kenya.
  • 1967
    A purported bigfoot is filmed by Patterson and Gimlin.

Who were born on October 20?

  • 1801
    Melchior Berri, Swiss architect (d. 1854)
  • 1913
    Grandpa Jones, American banjo player and singer (d. 1998)
  • 1932
    William Christopher, American actor
  • 1940
    Robert Pinsky, American poet and Poet Laureate of the United States
  • 1951
    Patrick Hall, British politician
  • 1966
    Patrick Volkerding, American computer operating systems developer
  • 1967
    Luck Mervil, Québécois actor and singer
  • 1967
    Marco Ngai, Hong Kong actor
  • 1979
    John Krasinski, American actor
  • 1985
    James Sutton, British racing driver

Who died on October 20?

  • 460
    Aelia Eudocia, Byzantine Empress
  • 1910
    David B. Hill, Governor of New York (b. 1843)
  • 1936
    Anne Sullivan, American teacher (b. 1866)
  • 1983
    Peter Dudley, British actor (b. 1935)
  • 1983
    Yves Thériault, French Canadian author (b. 1915)
  • 1990
    Joel McCrea, American actor (b. 1905)
  • 1999
    Calvin Griffith, Former owner of Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins (b. 1911)
  • 2003
    Jack Elam, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 2004
    Chuck Hiller, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 2010
    Parthasarathy Sharma, Indian cricketer (b. 1948)

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