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
Chile and Bolivia sign the Treaty of Peace and Friendship, delimiting the border between the two countries.
The Military Revolutionary Committee of the Petrograd Soviet, in charge of preparation and carrying out the Russian Revolution, holds its first meeting.
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.
The Soviet Army and Yugoslav Partisans liberate Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia
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.
Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
The Nepal Stock Exchange collapses.
The Sydney Opera House opens.
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.
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?
Claude, Duke of Guise, French soldier (d. 1550)
Arthur Rimbaud, French poet (d. 1891)
James F. Hinkle, American politician (d. 1951)
Frederic Dannay, American novelist (d. 1982)
Wanda Jackson, American rock and rockabilly singer
Al Greenwood, American rock musician (Foreigner)
David Profumo, English novelist
Julie Payette, Canadian astronaut
Nikos Tsiantakis, Greek footballer
James Sutton, British racing driver
Who died on October 20?
Michael William Balfe, Irish composer (b. 1808)
Gunnar Asplund, Swedish architect (b. 1885)
Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (b. 1916)
Yoshida Shigeru, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1878)
Bud Flanagan, British wartime entertainer (b. 1896)
Joel McCrea, American actor (b. 1905)
Calvin Griffith, Former owner of Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins (b. 1911)
Miodrag Petrović, Serbian actor (b. 1924)
Chuck Hiller, American baseball player (b. 1934)
Max McGee, American football player (b. 1932)
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