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

  • 1935
    The Long March ends.
  • 1944
    Liquid natural gas leaks from storage tanks in Cleveland, then explodes; the explosion and resulting fire level 30 blocks and kill 130.
  • 1944
    The Soviet Army and Yugoslav Partisans liberate Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia
  • 1951
    The “Johnny Bright Incident” occurs in Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 1968
    Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
  • 1970
    Siad Barre declares Somalia a socialist state.
  • 1973
    The Sydney Opera House opens.
  • 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.
  • 1982
    During the UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem, 66 people are crushed to death in the Luzhniki disaster.
  • 1991
    A 6.8 Mw earthquake strikes the Uttarkashi region of India, killing more than 1,000 people.

Who were born on October 20?

  • 1874
    Charles Ives, American composer (d. 1954)
  • 1889
    Margaret Dumont, American actress (d. 1965)
  • 1934
    Eddie Harris, American jazz saxophonist (d. 1996)
  • 1955
    Robert ten Brink, Dutch TV personality and actor
  • 1960
    Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (d. 2004)
  • 1967
    Luck Mervil, Québécois actor and singer
  • 1970
    Michelle Malkin, American political commentator and author
  • 1976
    Tom Wisniewski, American guitarist (MxPx)
  • 1980
    Gary Jarman, English musician
  • 1984
    Florent Sinama-Pongolle, French footballer

Who died on October 20?

  • 460
    Aelia Eudocia, Byzantine Empress
  • 1953
    Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (b. 1916)
  • 1957
    Michalis Dorizas, Greek Olympic medalist (b. 1890)
  • 1968
    Bud Flanagan, British wartime entertainer (b. 1896)
  • 1977
    Members of the American rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd killed in a plane crash: Cassie Gaines (b. 1948)
  • 1993
    Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese painter (b. 1909)
  • 2002
    Bernard Fresson, French actor (b. 1931)
  • 2005
    Shirley Horn, American singer (b. 1934)
  • 2008
    Gene Hickerson, American football player (b. 1935)
  • 2010
    Parthasarathy Sharma, Indian cricketer (b. 1948)

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