What Happened on September 20

Historical Events

  • 451 Roman General Flavius Aetius defeats Attila the Hun at The Battle of the Catalaunian Plainsat (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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