What Happened on October 20

Historical Events

  • 1097 1st Crusaders arrive in Antioch during the First Crusade
  • 1603 Chinese uprising in Philippines fails after 23,000 killed
  • 1803 US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase
  • 1864 US President Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday
  • 1935 Communist forces end their Long March at Yan'an, in Shaanxi, China, bringing Mao Zedong to prominence
  • 1973 Queen Elizabeth II opens Sydney Opera House
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Did You Know?

Publication of "The Return of the King", the 3rd and final volume of "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London

On October 20, 1955

Famous Weddings

  • 1853 23rd US President Benjamin Harrison (20) weds music teacher Caroline Scott (21)
  • 1943 British Children's writer Enid Blyton marries 2nd husband surgeon Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters at City of Westminster registry office, London
  • 1949 Constitutional lawyer Phyllis Schlafly (25) weds attorney John Fred Schlafly, Jr.
  • 1968 Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis on the island of Scorpios
  • 1973 Canadian actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Marcy Lafferty
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