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

  • 1781
    Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, is approved in Habsburg Monarchy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1917
    The Military Revolutionary Committee of the Petrograd Soviet, in charge of preparation and carrying out the Russian Revolution, holds its first meeting.
  • 1939
    Pope Pius XII publishes his first major encyclical entitled Summi Pontificatus.
  • 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
    The Soviet Army and Yugoslav Partisans liberate Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia
  • 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.
  • 1973
    The Sydney Opera House opens.

Who were born on October 20?

  • 1656
    Nicolas de Largillière, French painter (d. 1746)
  • 1660
    Robert Bertie, 1st Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (d. 1723)
  • 1780
    Pauline Bonaparte, sister of Napoleon Bonaparte (d. 1825)
  • 1907
    Arlene Francis, American actress and television personality (d. 2001)
  • 1942
    Earl Hindman, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1954
    Steve Orich, American composer
  • 1957
    Chris Cowdrey, English cricketer
  • 1958
    Viggo Mortensen, American actor
  • 1965
    Norman Blake, Scottish musician
  • 1980
    Gary Jarman, English musician

Who died on October 20?

  • 1640
    John Ball, English Puritan clergyman (b. 1585)
  • 1890
    Sir Richard Francis Burton, British explorer and writer (b. 1821)
  • 1967
    Yoshida Shigeru, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1878)
  • 1972
    Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (b. 1885)
  • 1983
    Peter Dudley, British actor (b. 1935)
  • 2001
    Ted Ammon, American financier (b. 1949)
  • 2002
    Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    Paul Raven, British bass-player (Killing Joke, Ministry) (b. 1961)
  • 2008
    Gene Hickerson, American football player (b. 1935)
  • 2011
    Muammar Gaddafi, Ruler of Libya (b. 1942)

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