What happened this day in history

Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,060 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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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 293rd day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 72 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 7, 2019 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,571,529,600 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 ‘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 97 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 2,494 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 20 Historical Events

  • 1941
    World War II: Thousands of civilians in Kragujevac in German-occupied Serbia are killed in the Kragujevac massacre.
  • 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
    The Soviet Army and Yugoslav Partisans liberate Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia
  • 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?

  • 1894
    Olive Thomas, American actress (d. 1920)
  • 1962
    David M. Evans, American screenwriter and film director
  • 1968
    Susan Tully, English actress (Eastenders)
  • 1970
    Chavo Guerrero, Jr., American professional wrestler
  • 1992
    Ksenia Semenova, Russian gymnast

Who died on October 20?

  • 1570
    João de Barros, Portuguese historian (b. 1496)
  • 1967
    Yoshida Shigeru, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1878)
  • 1993
    Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese painter (b. 1909)
  • 2003
    Miodrag Petrović, Serbian actor (b. 1924)
  • 2011
    Muammar Gaddafi, Ruler of Libya (b. 1942)

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