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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, 410,256 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 ‘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

  • 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.
  • 1947
    United States of America and Pakistan establish diplomatic relations for the first time.
  • 1973
    “Saturday Night Massacre”: President Richard Nixon fires U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus after they refuse to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who is finally fired by Robert Bork.
  • 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.
  • 2011
    The former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, and his son Moatassem Gaddafi are killed shortly after the battle of Sirte (2011) while in the custody of NTC fighters.

Who were born on October 20?

  • 1463
    Alessandro Achillini, Italian philosopher (d. 1512)
  • 1934
    Eddie Harris, American jazz saxophonist (d. 1996)
  • 1958
    Ivo Pogorelic, Croatian pianist
  • 1961
    Ian Rush, Welsh footballer
  • 1978
    Paul Wilson, Scottish bass player (Snow Patrol)

Who died on October 20?

  • 1570
    João de Barros, Portuguese historian (b. 1496)
  • 1935
    Arthur Henderson, Scottish politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1863)
  • 1989
    Anthony Quayle, English actor (b. 1913)
  • 2004
    Anthony Hecht, American poet (b. 1923)
  • 2006
    Jane Wyatt, American actress (b. 1910)

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