Historical Events on 20th September

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  • 368 Emperor Valentinianus visits Nijmegen

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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

Roman General Flavius Aetius
Roman General
Flavius Aetius
  • 622 Islamic Prophet Muhammed/Abu Bakr arrives in Jathrib (Medina)
  • 1066 Battle of Fulford, Yorkshire: Harald III Hardrada of Norway defeats Northern Saxon Earls Edwin and Morcar

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1187 Saladin begins the Siege of Jerusalem.

1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria Saladin
1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria
Saladin
  • 1258 Salisbury Cathedral inaugurated
  • 1378 Cardinal Robert of Geneva starts term as anti-pope Clemens VII
  • 1378 Robert de Geneve, "butcher of Cesena" crowned anti-pope Clemens VII

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1519 Ferdinand Magellan starts 1st successful circumnavigation of the world

  • 1530 Luther advises protestant monarch compromise
  • 1565 Spaniards capture Fort Caroline Fla & massacre the French
  • 1596 Diego de Montemayor founded the city of Monterrey in New Spain.
  • 1604 Spanish army under Spinola recaptures Oostende
  • 1620 Battle at Jassy: Turks beat king Sigismund III of Poland

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1643 First Battle of Newbury (English civil war): King Charles I's forces beaten by a parliamentary army led by the Earl of Essex and Philip Stapleton

King Charles I
King
Charles I
  • 1664 Maryland passes 1st anti-amalgamation law to stop intermarriage of English women & black men
  • 1674 2nd West Indies Company forms
  • 1688 French troops occupies Palts
  • 1697 Peace of Saki (ends 9 years war)
  • 1737 Runner Edward Marshall completes his journey in the Walking Purchase forcing the cession of 1.2 million acres (4,860 km²) of Lenape-Delaware tribal land to the Pennsylvania Colony.
  • 1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie flees to France from Scotland
  • 1777 Battle of Paoli; British forces under Major General Charles Grey attacked Brigadier General Anthony Wayne's encampment. Claims that the British gave no quarter led to the engagement becoming known (from an American perspective) as the "Paoli Massacre."
  • 1787 Prince Willem V returns to Hague
  • 1792 French defeat Prussians at Valmy
  • 1793 British troops under Major-general Williamson lands on (French) Haiti
  • 1797 US frigate Constitution (Old Ironsides) launched in Boston
  • 1814 "Star Spangled Banner" published as a song, lyrics by Francis Scott Key, tune by John Stafford Smith
  • 1830 1st Negro Convention of Free Men agree to boycott slave-produced goods

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1833 Charles Darwin rides horse to Buenos Aires

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1835 Farroupilha's Revolution begins in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
  • 1839 1st railroad in Netherland opens (Amsterdam-Haarlem)
  • 1848 The American Association for the Advancement of Science is created.
  • 1850 Slave trade abolished in DC, but slavery allowed to continue
  • 1854 Battle of the Alma: first major battle of Crimean War. British and French alliance defeat the Russians
  • 1859 George Simpson patents electric range
  • 1860 First British royalty to visit US, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII)
  • 1861 Battle of Lexington, MI-captured by Union
  • 1863 Battle of Shepardstown VA
  • 1863 Civil War Battle of Chickamauga, near Chattanooga Tenn, ends

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1870 Italian army under Victor Emmanuel II seizes Rome from the French

King of Sardinia and Italy Victor Emmanuel II
King of Sardinia and Italy
Victor Emmanuel II

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1870 Mayor William Tweed accused of robbing NY treasury

Politician Boss Tweed
Politician
Boss Tweed
  • 1870 Pope Pius IX surrenders to King Victor Emmanuel
  • 1871 Bishop John Coleridge Patteson martyred on the island of Nukapu, a Polynesian outlier island now in the Temotu province of the Solomon Islands. He was the first bishop of Melanesia.
  • 1873 Panic sweeps NY Stock Exchange (railroad bond default/bank failure) NY shut banks for 10 days due to a bank scandal
  • 1876 Ottawa Football Club forms
  • 1877 Chase National Bank opens in NYC (later merges into Chase Manhattan)

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1879 Ulysses S. Grant and family go to SF for elaborate extended visit

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant

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1881 Chester A. Arthur sworn in as 21st president

21st US President Chester A. Arthur
21st US President
Chester A. Arthur
  • 1884 6.2 mile Arlberg railroad tunnel completed in Austria
  • 1884 Equal Rights Party nominates female candidates for Pres & VP
  • 1891 The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States.
  • 1902 Chicago White Sox Jim Callahan no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
  • 1904 George Ade's "College Widow," premieres in NYC

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1904 Orville & Wilbur Wright fly a circle in their Flyer II

Aviator Wilbur Wright
Aviator
Wilbur Wright
  • 1905 Cleveland makes AL record 7 errors in an inning
  • 1906 Cunard Line's RMS Mauretania is launched at the Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson shipyard in Newcastle, England.
  • 1907 Pitts Nick Maddox no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 2-1
  • 1908 Chicago White Sox Frank Smith 2nd no-hitter, beats Phila 1-0
  • 1909 The British Parliament passes the South Africa Act; it calls for union of Cape Colony, Natal, Orange River Colony, and Transvaal; and both English and Dutch as official languages
  • 1911 Yanks set team record 12 errors in a double header
  • 1913 19th US Golf Open: Francis Ouimet shoots a 304 at The Country Club MA
  • 1914 John Redmond urges Irish Volunteers to enlist in the British Army
  • 1917 British assault on Polygon Forest, France
  • 1917 Paraguay becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1918 Royal Dutch Blast furnace & Steel factory opens in Hague

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1919 2nd PGA Championship: Jim Barnes at Engineers CC Roslyn NY

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes

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1919 Babe Ruth ties Ned Williamson's major league mark of 27 HRs

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1919 Booth Tarkington's "Clarence," premieres in NYC
  • 1920 Foundation of the Spanish Legion.
  • 1922 Goodman & Atteridge's musical "Passing Show," premieres in NYC
  • 1922 Rogers Hornsby ends hitting streak of 33 games
  • 1922 Franco Ventriglia, Fairfield, Connecticut, opera singer, (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Carl Mays is 1st pitcher to win 20 games seasons for 3 different teams
  • 1924 Cub's Grover Cleveland Alexander beats NY Giants to win 300th game

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1926 Bugs Moran attempts to assassinate Al Capone in a drive-by shooting but fails

Gangster Bugs Moran
Gangster
Bugs Moran
Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • 1930 Syro-Malankara Catholic Church is formed by Archbishop Mar Ivanios.

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1931 Lou Gehrig's 4 RBIs break his old RBI mark of 175 en route to 184

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1932 Chicago Cubs clinch the NL pennant
  • 1932 Dutch South Seas rebaptized in IJsselmeer

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1932 Gandhi begins hunger strike against treatment of untouchables

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1933 Pittsburgh Steelers (as Pirates) play 1st NFL game, lose 23-2
  • 1935 Pitts Crawfords beat NY Cubans to win Negro NL Championship, 3-0
  • 1938 Dmitri Shostakovitch's Suite for jazz orchestra, premieres
  • 1938 Emlyn Williams' "Corn is Green," premieres in London
  • 1939 British navy captures German U-27 boat

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1939 Joe Louis KOs Bob Pastor in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1942 Gunther Hagg becomes world champ of all records from 1500m to 5000m
  • 1943 Liberator bomber sinks U-338
  • 1944 Nijmegen is liberated from German occupation
  • 1944 Polish forces free Terneuzen Neth
  • 1945 German rocket engineers begin work in US
  • 1946 Churchill argues for a 'United States of Europe'
  • 1948 "Magdalena" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 1948 Mexican Baseball league disbanded
  • 1949 Dutch Guilder devalued 30.3%
  • 1949 Tennis player Pancho Gonzales turns professional
  • 1951 1st North Pole jet crossing
  • 1951 NL President Ford Frick elected 3rd commissioner of baseball
  • 1951 Swiss males votes against female suffrage
  • 1952 KPTV TV channel 12 in Portland, OR (IND) begins broadcasting

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1953 Cubs Ernie Banks hits his 1st major league HR

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1954 1st FORTRAN computer program run
  • 1954 1st National People's Congress adopts Chinese constitution
  • 1954 KETC TV channel 9 in Saint Louis, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Los Stravinsky's "In Memoriam Dylan Thomas," premieres in Angeles
  • 1954 Roger Bannister awarded Britain's Silver Pears Trophy
  • 1954 New Zealand's Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents reports just ten days after concluding hearings.

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1955 Willie Mays (Giants) homers off Vern Law (Pirates) in both ends of DH

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1955 Willie Mays is 7th player to reach 50 HRS in a season
  • 1958 Baltimore Oriole knuckler Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits NY Yankees 1-0
  • 1958 Ferhat Abbas forms Algerian government in exile (Cairo)
  • 1958 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1959 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Links Golf Invitation Open
  • 1960 UN General Assembly admit 13 African countries & Cyprus (96 nations)
  • 1960 WFSU TV channel 11 in Tallahassee, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 After 84 1/3 innings Bill Fischer gives up a base on balls
  • 1961 James Meredith refused access as a student in Mississippi
  • 1961 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

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1961 Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yanks clinch pennant #26

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1962 Ben Bella wins 1st elections in independent Algeria
  • 1962 Gov R Barnett refuses to admit a black to Miss Univ (James Meredith)

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1963 JFK proposes a joint US-Soviet voyage to the moon

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

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1964 Günter Grass' play "Die Plebejern proben den Aufstand," premieres in Berlin

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • 1964 Paramount Theater (NYC) presented the Beatles with Steve & Eydie
  • 1965 WXXW (now WYCC) TV channel 20 in Chicago, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 US Surveyor B launched toward Moon; crashed Sept 23
  • 1967 Benin separates from Nigeria
  • 1967 British liner Queen Elizabeth II launched at Clydebank Scotland
  • 1967 Hurricane Beulah hits Texas-Mexican border, kills 38
  • 1967 WCAE TV channel 50 in St John, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 WCIX TV channel 6 in Miami, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting

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1968 Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1969 18th Ryder Cup: Draw, 16-16 at Royal Birkdale, England
  • 1969 Archies' "Sugar Sugar" hits #1
  • 1969 Pitts Pirate Bob Moose no-hits NY Mets, 4-0

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1970 Jim Morrison found not guilty of "lewd" behavior

Rocker Jim Morrison
Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 1970 Luna 16 lands on Moon's Mare Fecunditatis, drills core sample
  • 1972 Police find cannabis growing on Paul & Linda McCartney's farm
  • 1972 Libya acquires a 50 percent interest in two ENI oil concessions
  • 1972 The Social Democratic and Labour Party issues a document entitled "Towards a New Ireland", proposing that the British and Irish governments should have joint sovereignty over Northern Ireland

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1973 Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • 1973 Willie Mays announces retirement at end of 1973 season
  • 1975 21st Ryder Cup: US, 21-11 at Laurel Valley Golf Club (Ligonier, Pennsylvania, US)
  • 1975 David Bowie's "Fame," single goes #1 for 2 weeks
  • 1975 Gary Sentman draws a record 176 lb longbow to a maximum 28½" draw
  • 1976 Metroliner official opens in Brussels

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1976 Playboy releases Jimmy Carter's interview that he lusts for women

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • 1976 Sid Berstein offers $230 million charity concert for Beatle reunion
  • 1977 "Estrada" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1977 Vietnam & Djibouti ask for membership in UN
  • 1978 "Eubie!" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 439 performances
  • 1978 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1978 Yamada Mumon Roshi visits Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach Germany
  • 1979 Coup in Central African Rep: David Dacko overthrows emperor Bokassa I
  • 1979 Jose E dod Santos becomes president of Angola
  • 1979 NASA launches HEAO 3
  • 1979 Lee Iacocca is elected president of the Chrysler Corporation.
  • 1979 The Punjab wing of the Unity Centre of Communist Revolutionaries of India (Marxist-Leninist) formally splits and constitutes a parallel UCCRI(ML).
  • 1979 Assassination of French left-wing militant Pierre Goldman.
  • 1980 Bronze plaque dedicated to memory of Thurman Munson at Yankee Stadium

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1980 George Brett goes 0-for-4 dropping his avg below .400 for good

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1980 Spectacular Bid runs in Belmont alone as 3 horses drop out
  • 1981 24th Ryder Cup: US, 18½-9½ at Walton Heath Golf Club (Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, England)
  • 1981 Joe Danelo kicks then NY Giant record 55 yard field goal
  • 1981 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
  • 1982 Jalaluddin takes a one-day hat-trick Pakistan v Australia
  • 1983 3,112 turn out to see Pirates play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • 1983 Cryptographic Communications System & Method (RSA) patented
  • 1984 "Cosby Show" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1984 Cubs break 2 million in home attendance for 1st time
  • 1984 Suicide car bomb attacks US Embassy annex in Beirut, kills 23
  • 1985 Curtis Strong is convicted for selling cocaine to pro baseball players
  • 1985 Walt Disney World's 200-millionth guest
  • 1986 Wichita State Shockers blow a 35-3 lead; lose 36-35 to Morehead State
  • 1987 "Big River" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1005 performances

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1987 39th Emmy Awards: LA Law, Bruce Willis & Sharon Gless win

  • 1987 Alain Prost wins record 28th Formula one auto race
  • 1987 Dwight Clark ends NFL streak of 105 consecutive game receptions
  • 1987 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic

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1987 Walter Payton scores NFL record 107th rushing touchdown

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 1988 Darrell Evans hits his 400th career home run
  • 1988 Greg Louganis wins Olympic gold medal in springboard diving
  • 1988 Wade Boggs is 1st player to get 200 hits for 6 consecutive seasons
  • 1989 FW De Klerk sworn in as president of South Africa
  • 1989 Musical "Miss Saigon," premieres in London
  • 1989 USAir overshoots runway at LaGuardia Airport in NYC, 2 people die
  • 1990 Both Germanys ratify reunification
  • 1990 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1990 South Ossetia declares its independence from Georgia.
  • 1991 Lion's Terry Taylor reinstated after 1 year drug related suspension
  • 1992 Colleen Walker wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
  • 1992 France votes in favor of Maastricht treaty
  • 1992 Leanza Cornett (Florida), 21, crowned 66th Miss America 1993
  • 1992 Phils' Mickey Moradini makes an unassisted triple play
  • 1992 Space shuttle STS-47 (Endeavour 2) lands
  • 1994 Space shuttle STS-64 (Discovery 20), lands
  • 1995 Cincinnati Reds becomes 1st team to clinch NL Central
  • 1997 Yanks clinch 37th appearance in post season, 3rd consecutive
  • 2000 Patent on RSA cryptograph algorithm ends
  • 2000 The British MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by a Russian-built Mark 22 anti-tank missile.