20 OCTOBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Sir Christopher Wren, 1632
  • Lord Palmerston (Henry John Temple), 1784
  • Arthur Rimbaud, 1854
  • Charles Ives, 1874
  • Bela Lugosi, 1884
  • Margaret Dumont, 1889
  • Dame Anna Neagle, 1904
  • Arlene Francis, 1908
  • Art Buchwald, 1925
  • Mickey Mantle, 1931
  • Jerry Orbach, 1935
  • Juan Marichal, 1938
  • Tom Petty, 1953
  • Viggo Mortensen, 1958
  • Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, 1966

Died On This Day:

  • Sir Richard Burton, 1890
  • Charles Dudley Warner, 1900
  • Eugene V. Debs, 1926
  • Herbert Hoover, 1964
  • Merle Travis, 1983
  • Sir Anthony Quayle, 1989
  • Joel McCrea, 1990
  • Burt Lancaster, 1994
  • Jane Wyatt, 2006
  • Bob Guccione, 2010
  • Muammar Gaddafi killed, 2011
  • Oscar de la Renta, 2014

Today's Events:

  • 480 BC - History's first major naval battle - Battle of Salamis. Greek fleet under Themistocles defeats much larger Persian naval forces.
  • 1600 - Tokugawa Family army defeats Ishida in Battle of Sekigahara.
  • 1774 - Continental Congress prohibits entertainment in the colonies including horse racing and theatricals.
  • 1818 - U.S. & Britain agree to definition of borders between US and Canada as 49th parallel.
  • 1822 - Sunday Times first published in England.
  • 1827 - Victory of British/French/Russian fleet over Egyptian/Turkish fleet in Greek War Independence.
  • 1883 - Treaty of Ancon ends War of Pacific between Chile and Peru.
  • 1894 - Nicholas II, last Russian Emperor, ascends to throne of Russia on death of father Alexander III. Crowned 5/14/96
  • 1922 - Mussolini seizes power in Italy after march on Rome.
  • 1927 - First Model A Ford rolls off the production line. (Goes on sale in four colors on 12/2.)
  • 1939 - Frank Capra's film triumph 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' opens in NY starring Jimmy Stewart.
  • 1944 - U.S. troops under Gen. Douglas MacArthur begin invasion of Philippines. WWII
  • 1947 - House Un-American Activities Committee begins investigations of Hollywood Communism.
  • 1952 - Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, East Africa against British rule begins, quickly suppressed.
  • 1955 - Ira Levin's 'No Time for Sergeants' starts 796 performance run on Broadway.
  • 1968 - Jaqueline Kennedy, 39, marries Aristotle Onassis, 68, on Greek island of Skorpios.
  • 1971 - 'Jesus Christ Superstar' opens at Mark Hellinger Theatre, NY.
  • 1973 - Sydney Opera House opens in Australia.
  • 1982 - Soccer disaster in Moscow during Soviet vs. Dutch crushes 340 fans; Affair hushed up for 7 years.
  • 1984 - World's largest aquarium at Monterey Bay, California opens for business.
  • 1991 - Fire in hills of Oakland, California cause $1.75 billion damage.
  • 2005 - 1918 'Jenny' 24 cent block of 4 stamps with inverted airplane reaches world record $2,970,000 in New York. (see 7/19/79)
  • 2011 - Fall of Sirte and killing of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya finally brings 42 year-old regime to an end.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Bertilla Boscardin
  • John of Kanti
  • Acca
  • Artemius
  • Capracius of Agen
  • Andrew of Crete

Holiday:

  • National Heroes Day in Jamaica
  • Revolution Day in Guatemala
  • Kenyatta Day celebrated in Kenya

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • CHUSOK (Korea) on day of full moon of eighth lunar month.
  • DURGA-PUJA (Hindu festival of Goddess Durga)
  • PITRA PASKSHA and AMAVASYA, Hindu Feast of the Dead.
  • LAKSHMI PUJA, Hindu Festival of the Goddess of Fortune
  • CHUNG CHI'U CHIEH (Chinese mid-autumn festival) 15th day of 8th lunar month.
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • RAMADAN, Muslim holy month
  • CHILD HEALTH DAY - first Monday in October in USA
  • COLUMBUS DAY - first Monday in October
  • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS - last Sunday in October set clocks back
  • MOTHER-IN-LAW DAY - celebrated fourth Sunday in October in US
  • NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY - second Sunday in October in USA
  • THANKSGIVING DAY IN CANADA - second Monday in October

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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