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, 419,016 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 ‘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

  • 1781
    Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, is approved in Habsburg Monarchy.
  • 1827
    Battle of Navarino – a combined Turkish and Egyptian armada is defeated by British, French, and Russian naval force in the port of Navarino in Pylos, Greece.
  • 1904
    Chile and Bolivia sign the Treaty of Peace and Friendship, delimiting the border between the two countries.
  • 1910
    The hull of the RMS Olympic, sister-ship to the ill-fated RMS Titanic, is launched from the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • 1935
    The Long March ends.
  • 1939
    Pope Pius XII publishes his first major encyclical entitled Summi Pontificatus.
  • 1968
    Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
  • 1973
    The Sydney Opera House opens.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    The Oakland Hills firestorm kills 25 and destroys 3,469 homes and apartments, causing more than $2 billion in damage.

Who were born on October 20?

  • 1873
    Nellie McClung, Canadian feminist (d. 1951)
  • 1891
    James Chadwick, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1974)
  • 1913
    J. Michael Hagopian, Turkish-born American documentarian (d. 2010)
  • 1923
    Robert Craft, American conductor
  • 1932
    Rosey Brown, American football player (d. 2004)
  • 1935
    Barrie Chase, American dancer
  • 1946
    Lewis Grizzard, American writer and humorist (d. 1994)
  • 1961
    Michie Tomizawa, Japanese voice actress
  • 1966
    Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Jordanian militant and Al-Qaeda figure (d. 2006)
  • 1976
    Tom Wisniewski, American guitarist (MxPx)

Who died on October 20?

  • 460
    Aelia Eudocia, Byzantine Empress
  • 1842
    Grace Darling, English heroine (b. 1815)
  • 1900
    Naim Frashëri, Albanian poet (b. 1846)
  • 1926
    Eugene Debs, American labor leader and Socialist presidential candidate (b. 1855)
  • 1968
    Bud Flanagan, British wartime entertainer (b. 1896)
  • 1983
    Yves Thériault, French Canadian author (b. 1915)
  • 1984
    Paul Dirac, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1999
    Calvin Griffith, Former owner of Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins (b. 1911)
  • 2005
    Eva Svankmajerova, Czech artist (b. 1940)
  • 2010
    Parthasarathy Sharma, Indian cricketer (b. 1948)

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