What are the important events that happened on July 20? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
July 20: Facts & Myths About This Day
July 20 is the 201st day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 164 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 7, 2021 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,626,739,200 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 ‘dihectahenagon’ day.
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Cancer is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 196 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 3,133 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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July 20 Historical Events
Canadian explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de La Vérendrye reaches the western shore of Lake Michigan.
American Civil War: Battle of Peachtree Creek – Near Atlanta, Georgia, Confederate forces led by General John Bell Hood unsuccessfully attack Union troops under General William T. Sherman.
The Football Association legalizes professionalism in football under pressure from the British Football Association.
The League of Nations awards mandates of Togoland to France and Tanganyika to the United Kingdom.
The United States Department of Justice files suit in New York City against the motion picture industry charging violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act in regards to the studio system. The case would eventually result in a break-up of the industry in 1948.
Soviet leader Joseph Stalin consolidates the Commissariats of Home Affairs and National Security to form the NKVD and names Lavrenti Beria its chief.
French military forces break the Tunisian siege of Bizerte.
The American Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars.
Johnstown, Pennsylvania is hit by a flash flood that kills eighty and causes $350 million in damage.
Falun Gong is banned in the People’s Republic of China, and a large scale crackdown of the practice is launched.
Who were born on July 20?
Destutt de Tracy, French philosopher (d. 1836)
Lord Reith, British broadcast executive (d. 1971)
Eric Rowan, South African cricketer, Wisden COY 1952 (d. 1993)
Jacques Delors, French President of the European Commission
Rajendra Kumar, Indian actor (d. 1999)
Nam June Paik, Video artist (d. 2006)
Thomas Friedman, American journalist
Dean Winters, American actor
Miklós Fehér, Hungarian footballer (d. 2004)
Alexi Casilla, Dominican baseball player
Who died on July 20?
Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March, English noble (b. 1374)
Claude of France, wife of Francis I of France (b. 1499)
Bernhard Riemann, German mathematician (b. 1826)
Demetrius Vikelas, Greek author (b. 1835)
Roy Hamilton, American singer (b. 1929)
Okot p'Bitek, Ugandan poet (b. 1931)
Frank Reynolds, American television news anchor (b. 1923)
Richard Egan, American actor (b. 1921)
June Byers, American professional wrestler (b. 1922)
Kayo Hatta, American film director (b. 1958)
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