What Happened on September 20

Significant Events

  • 451 Roman General Flavius Aetius defeats Attila the Hun at The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (Chalons-sur-Marne), halting Hun invasion of Roman Gaul
  • 622 Islamic Prophet Muhammed/Abu Bakr arrives in Jathrib (Medina)
  • 1519 Spanish expedition led by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets off on the 1st successful circumnavigation of the globe (Magellan killed on route)
  • 1854 Battle of the Alma: first major battle of Crimean War. British and French alliance defeat the Russians
  • 1990 Both East and West Germany ratify reunification
  • 2001 In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror".
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Did You Know?

Maryland passes 1st anti-amalgamation law to stop intermarriage of English women & black men

On September 20, 1664

Famous Weddings

  • 1997 "CHiPs" actor Erik Estrada (48) weds Nanette Mirkovich
  • 2002 "Matrix" actor Laurence Fishburne (41) weds actress Gina Torres (33) at The Cloisters museum in New York City
  • 2002 "The Monkees" lead vocalist Micky Dolenz (57) weds Donna Quinter in Calabasas, California
  • 2003 "Will & Grace" actress Megan Mullally (44) weds actor Nick Offerman (32) in Los Angeles
  • 2012 Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's daughter Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah (32) weds Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini (29) at the Throne Hall of Istana Nurul Iman palace in Brunei

Famous Divorces

  • 1951 Actor Jackie Coogan (36) divorces Ann McCormack after 5 years of marriage
  • 1983 Actor James Woods (36) divorces costume designer Kathryn Morrison after 3 years of marriage
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Would You Believe?

Capture of Rome by Italian army, Pope Pius IX surrenders to King Victor Emmanuel which unifies Italy and ends 1,116 year reign of Papal States

On September 20, 1870