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On This Day: October 20th

This is 293rd day of the year and 72 days remain in the year.

in history
1803
The Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.
1944
Gen. Douglas MacArthur returned to the Philippines, 30 months after he said "I shall return."
1947
The U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee opened meetings about alleged Communist infiltration in the Hollywood film industry.
1964
The 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover, died in New York at age 90.
1973
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."
1973
The Sydney Opera House was opened by Queen Elizabeth II.
2011
Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi is killed by rebel troops in Surt, Libya, his hometown.
October 20 BirthdaysSir Christopher Wren1632–1723, English architect.
Mickey Mantlebaseball player
Tom Pettymusician
Bela Lugosiactor
Jelly Roll Mortonmusician
Arlene Francisactor, TV personality
Viggo Mortensenactor
Snoop Doggy Doggrap artist
John Deweyphilosopher, educator
Charles Ivescomposer
Art Buchwaldhumorist
Elfriede Jelineknovelist and playwright
Arthur Rimbaudpoet



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