This was 293rd day of the year and 72 days remained in the year.

October 20 Birthdays

Sir Christopher Wren
1632–1723, English architect.

Arthur Rimbaud
poet (1854)

John Dewey
philosopher, educator (1859)

Charles Ives
composer (1874)

Bela Lugosi
actor (1882)

Jelly Roll Morton
musician (1890)

Arlene Francis
actor, TV personality (1907)

Art Buchwald
humorist (1925)

Mickey Mantle
baseball player (1931)

Elfriede Jelinek
novelist and playwright (1946)

Tom Petty
musician (1950)

Viggo Mortensen
actor (1958)

Snoop Doggy Dogg
rap artist (1972)

October 20 in History


The Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.


Gen. Douglas MacArthur returned to the Philippines, 30 months after he said "I shall return."


The U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee opened meetings about alleged Communist infiltration in the Hollywood film industry.


The 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover, died in New York at age 90.


Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis.


During the Watergate scandal, Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus resigned and special prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed by President Nixon in what came to be known as the "Saturday Night Massacre."


The Sydney Opera House was opened by Queen Elizabeth II.


Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi is killed by rebel troops in Surt, Libya, his hometown.

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