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On this day... October 20, 2017

Fun and historical facts for October 20th

Jim Clerkin
October 20, 2017 - 8:31 am
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OCTOBER 20TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BRANDIED FRUIT DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • BELA LUGOSI (1882-1956)

  • WILL ROGERS JR (1911-1993)
  • DR. JOYCE BROTHERS (1927-2013)

  • MICKEY MANTLE (1931-1995)
  • JERRY ORBACH (1935-2004)
  • CONNIE CHUNG (1946, 71)
  • TOM PETTY (1950-2017)

  • KEITH HERNANDEZ (1953, 64)
  • DANNY BOYLE (1956, 61)
  • VIGGO MORTENSEN (1958, 59)

  • KAMALA HARRIS (1964, 53)
  • MICHELLE MALKIN (1970, 47)
  • SNOOP DOGG (1971, 46)
  • JOHN KRASINSKI (1979, 38)

 

 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1097, THE FIRST CRUSADER ARRIVES IN ANTIOCH FOR THE FIRST CRUSADE
  • IN 1714, KING GEORGE I TAKES THE BRITISH CROWN
  • IN 1803, CONGRESS RATIFIES THE LOUISIANNA PURCHASE

  • IN 1818, THE US AND CANADA AGREE ON THE 49TH PARALLEL AS THEIR BORDER
  • IN 1864, PRESIDENT LINCOLN ESTABLISHES THANKSGIVING AS A NATIONAL HOLIDAY

  • IN 1873, PT BARNUM’S “GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH” OPENS
  • IN 1928, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DEBUTS THE SLOGAN “A CHICKEN IN EVERY POT”
  • IN 1930, “THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES” DEBUTS ON NBC RADIO
  • IN 1935, MAO ZEDONG’S COMMUNIST FORCES END THEIR “LONG MARCH” TO POWER
  • IN 1944, GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR AND HIS TROOPS LAND IN THE PHILLIPINES

  • IN 1945, THE US SUPREME COURT OPENS THE NUREMBURG TRIALS
  • IN 1947, CONGRESS BEGINS LOOKING INTO COMMUNIST INFLUENCE IN HOLLYWOOD
  • IN 1951, A BLACK PLAYER IN A COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME IS VIOLENTLY ASSAULTED DURING THE GAME AND CAUGHT ON FILM IN “THE JOHNNY BRIGHT INCIDENT”
  • IN 1954, “PETER PAN” OPENS ON BROADWAY

  • IN 1955, HARRY BELAFONTE RECORDS “THE BANANA BOAT SONG (DAY-O)”
  • IN 1955, JRR TOLKIEN PUBLISHES THE THIRD AND FINAL BOOK IN HIS TRILOGY, “THE LONG OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING”
  • IN 1957, WALTER CRONKITE BEGINS HOSTING HIS WEEKLY DOCUMENTARY SERIES
  • IN 1963, JIM BROWN SETS THE SINGLE SEASON RUSHING RECORD WITH 1,863 YARDS

  • IN 1963, NELSON MANDELA GOES ON TRIAL FOR CONSPIRACY IN SOUTH AFRICA
  • IN 1964, 150 ARE ARRESTED DURING A RIOT AT A ROLLING STONES CONCERT IN PARIS
  • IN 1964, SEVEN MEMBERS OF THE KKK ARE CONVICTED FOR MURDERING THREE CIVIL RIGHTS WORKERS IN MISSISSIPPI
  • IN 1965, THE BEATLES “YESTERDAY” GOES GOLD

  • IN 1967, TWO MEN CAPTURE “BIGFOOT” ON FILM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
  • IN 1968, JACQUELINE KENNEDY MARRIES ARISTOTLE ONASSIS
  • IN 1973, THE OPEC OIL EMBARGO BEGINS
  • IN 1973, PRESIDENT NIXON FIRES ARCHIBALD COX. SOLICITOR ROBERT BORK, ATTORNEY GENERAL ELLIOTT RICHARDSON AND DEPUTY AG RUCKELSHAUS RESIGN IN PROTEST.

  • IN 1975, THE SUPREME COURT RULES IT IS LEGAL FOR A TEACHER TO SPANK A STUDENT
  • IN 1976, CHARLIE’S ANGELS SHOWS PART OF JILL’S NIPPLE IN “ANGELS IN CHAINS”
  • IN 1977, SIX PEOPLE ARE KILLED WHEN LYNRD SKYNRD’S PLANE CRASHES
  • IN 1978, THE POLICE PERFORM THEIR FIRST CONCERT AT NYC’S CBGB
  • IN 1979, BOB DYLAN IS THE MUSICAL GUEST ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

  • IN 1979, THE JOHN F. KENNEDY LIBRARY OPENS IN BOSTON
  • IN 1981, THREE MEMBERS OF THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND ARE ARRESTED FOR ROBBING AN ARMORED TRUCK
  • IN 1982, 340 PEOPLE ARE CRUSHED WHEN A STAIRCASE COLLAPSES AT A SOCCER GAME IN MOSCOW
  • IN 1987, DONNA SUMMER’S “THE WANDERER” IS 1ST RELEASE ON GEFFEN RECORDS

  • IN 1988, A MAN ARMED WITH EXPLOSIVES BLOWS HIMSELF UP IN THE NYC SUBWAY
  • IN 1989, THE SENATE IMPEACHES DISTRICT COURT JUDGE ALCEE HASTINGS
  • IN 1990, 2 LIVE CREW IS ACQUITTED ON OBSENITY CHARGES IN FLORIDA
  • IN 1994, BURT LANCASTER DIES OF A HEART ATTACK AT 80
  • IN 2004, THE BOSTON RED SOX BEAT THE NY YANKEES 4-3 IN THE AL DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER BEING DOWN 3-0

  • IN 2011, MUAMMAR GADDAFI IS KILLED IN LIBYA
  • IN 2014, LAQUAN MCDONALD IS SHOT DEAD BY A CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER WHILE JAYWALKING. IT IS CAUGHT ON VIDEO.
  • IN 2015, VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN ANNOUNCES HE WILL NOT RUN FOR PRESIDENT
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