What happened this day in history October 20

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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 72 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 7, 2020 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,719,200 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 ‘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 115 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 2,860 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 20 Historical Events

  • 1904
    Chile and Bolivia sign the Treaty of Peace and Friendship, delimiting the border between the two countries.
  • 1917
    The Military Revolutionary Committee of the Petrograd Soviet, in charge of preparation and carrying out the Russian Revolution, holds its first meeting.
  • 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
  • 1952
    Governor Evelyn Baring declares a state of emergency in Kenya and begins arresting hundreds of suspected leaders of the Mau Mau Uprising, including Jomo Kenyatta, the future first President of Kenya.
  • 1968
    Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
  • 1971
    The Nepal Stock Exchange collapses.
  • 1973
    The Sydney Opera House opens.
  • 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.
  • 1982
    During the UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem, 66 people are crushed to death in the Luzhniki disaster.

Who were born on October 20?

  • 1496
    Claude, Duke of Guise, French soldier (d. 1550)
  • 1854
    Arthur Rimbaud, French poet (d. 1891)
  • 1864
    James F. Hinkle, American politician (d. 1951)
  • 1905
    Frederic Dannay, American novelist (d. 1982)
  • 1937
    Wanda Jackson, American rock and rockabilly singer
  • 1951
    Al Greenwood, American rock musician (Foreigner)
  • 1955
    David Profumo, English novelist
  • 1963
    Julie Payette, Canadian astronaut
  • 1963
    Nikos Tsiantakis, Greek footballer
  • 1985
    James Sutton, British racing driver

Who died on October 20?

  • 1870
    Michael William Balfe, Irish composer (b. 1808)
  • 1940
    Gunnar Asplund, Swedish architect (b. 1885)
  • 1953
    Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (b. 1916)
  • 1967
    Yoshida Shigeru, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1878)
  • 1968
    Bud Flanagan, British wartime entertainer (b. 1896)
  • 1990
    Joel McCrea, American actor (b. 1905)
  • 1999
    Calvin Griffith, Former owner of Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins (b. 1911)
  • 2003
    Miodrag Petrović, Serbian actor (b. 1924)
  • 2004
    Chuck Hiller, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 2007
    Max McGee, American football player (b. 1932)

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