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, 24,615,360 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 ‘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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1944
    General Douglas MacArthur fulfills his promise to return to the Philippines when he commands an Allied assault on the islands, reclaiming them from the Japanese during the Second World War.
  • 1944
    Liquid natural gas leaks from storage tanks in Cleveland, then explodes; the explosion and resulting fire level 30 blocks and kill 130.
  • 1962
    China launches simultaneous offensives in Ladakh and across the McMahon Line, beginning the Sino-Indian War.
  • 1971
    The Nepal Stock Exchange collapses.
  • 1973
    The Sydney Opera House opens.
  • 1976
    The ferry George Prince‘’is struck by a ship while crossing the Mississippi River between Destrehan and Luling, Louisiana. Seventy-eight passengers and crew die and only 18 people aboard the ferry survive.
  • 1982
    During the UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem, 66 people are crushed to death in the Luzhniki disaster.

Who were born on October 20?

  • 1463
    Alessandro Achillini, Italian philosopher (d. 1512)
  • 1620
    Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch painter (d. 1691)
  • 1740
    Isabelle de Charrière, Dutch writer (d. 1805)
  • 1822
    Thomas Hughes, English novelist (d. 1896)
  • 1935
    Barrie Chase, American dancer
  • 1942
    Earl Hindman, American actor (d. 2003)
  • 1961
    Michie Tomizawa, Japanese voice actress
  • 1980
    Jose Veras, Dominican baseball player
  • 1986
    Wanlop Saechio, Thai footballer
  • 1989
    Colin Wilson, Canadian-American ice hockey player

Who died on October 20?

  • 1907
    Said Pasha Kurd, Kurdish statesman (b. 1834)
  • 1940
    Gunnar Asplund, Swedish architect (b. 1885)
  • 1977
    Members of the American rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd killed in a plane crash: Ronnie Van Zant (b. 1948)
  • 1977
    Members of the American rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd killed in a plane crash: Steve Gaines (b. 1949)
  • 1983
    Peter Dudley, British actor (b. 1935)
  • 1983
    Yves Thériault, French Canadian author (b. 1915)
  • 1994
    Burt Lancaster, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 2002
    Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2002
    Bernard Fresson, French actor (b. 1931)
  • 2005
    Shirley Horn, American singer (b. 1934)

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