What happened this day in history July 20

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

  • 1738
    Canadian explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de La Vérendrye reaches the western shore of Lake Michigan.
  • 1864
    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.
  • 1885
    The Football Association legalizes professionalism in football under pressure from the British Football Association.
  • 1922
    The League of Nations awards mandates of Togoland to France and Tanganyika to the United Kingdom.
  • 1938
    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.
  • 1941
    Soviet leader Joseph Stalin consolidates the Commissariats of Home Affairs and National Security to form the NKVD and names Lavrenti Beria its chief.
  • 1961
    French military forces break the Tunisian siege of Bizerte.
  • 1976
    The American Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars.
  • 1977
    Johnstown, Pennsylvania is hit by a flash flood that kills eighty and causes $350 million in damage.
  • 1999
    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?

  • 1754
    Destutt de Tracy, French philosopher (d. 1836)
  • 1889
    Lord Reith, British broadcast executive (d. 1971)
  • 1909
    Eric Rowan, South African cricketer, Wisden COY 1952 (d. 1993)
  • 1925
    Jacques Delors, French President of the European Commission
  • 1929
    Rajendra Kumar, Indian actor (d. 1999)
  • 1932
    Nam June Paik, Video artist (d. 2006)
  • 1953
    Thomas Friedman, American journalist
  • 1964
    Dean Winters, American actor
  • 1979
    Miklós Fehér, Hungarian footballer (d. 2004)
  • 1984
    Alexi Casilla, Dominican baseball player

Who died on July 20?

  • 1398
    Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March, English noble (b. 1374)
  • 1524
    Claude of France, wife of Francis I of France (b. 1499)
  • 1866
    Bernhard Riemann, German mathematician (b. 1826)
  • 1908
    Demetrius Vikelas, Greek author (b. 1835)
  • 1969
    Roy Hamilton, American singer (b. 1929)
  • 1982
    Okot p'Bitek, Ugandan poet (b. 1931)
  • 1983
    Frank Reynolds, American television news anchor (b. 1923)
  • 1987
    Richard Egan, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 1998
    June Byers, American professional wrestler (b. 1922)
  • 2005
    Kayo Hatta, American film director (b. 1958)

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