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 September 20? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

September 20: Facts & Myths About This Day

September 20 is the 263rd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 102 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 7, 2021 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 27,201,600 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 ‘dihectahexacontatrigon’ day.

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Virgo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Sapphire is the modern birthstone for this month. Agate is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 134 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 3,195 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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September 20 Historical Events

  • 1187
    Saladin begins the Siege of Jerusalem.
  • 1792
    French troops stop allied invasion of France, during the War of the First Coalition at Valmy.
  • 1893
    Charles Duryea and his brother road-test the first American-made gasoline-powered automobile.
  • 1971
    Having weakened after making landfall in Nicaragua the previous day, Hurricane Irene regains enough strength to be renamed Hurricane Olivia, making it the first known hurricane to cross from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific.
  • 2007
    Between 15,000 and 20,000 protesters marched on Jena, Louisiana, in support of six black youths who had been convicted of assaulting a white classmate.

Who were born on September 20?

  • 1935
    David Pegg, English footballer (d. 1958)
  • 1935
    Keith Roberts, British science fiction author (d. 2000)
  • 1957
    Michael Hurst, New Zealand actor
  • 1969
    Tim Rogers, Australian musician
  • 1976
    Yui Horie, Japanese seiyuu

Who died on September 20?

  • 1884
    Leopold Fitzinger, Austrian zoologist (b. 1802)
  • 1908
    Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist and composer (b. 1844)
  • 1971
    Giorgos Seferis, Greek poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1900)
  • 1998
    Muriel Humphrey Brown, American politician (b. 1912)
  • 2005
    Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian Nazi hunter (b. 1908)

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