On This Day

What Happened on November 20, 1917

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • 1st successful tank use in battle, at the Battle of Cambrai in World War I as Britain uses the new technology to break through German lines
  • Ukrainian Republic declared

Famous Birthdays

  • Bobby Locke, South African golfer (British Open 1949-50, 52, 57), born in Germiston, South Africa (d. 1987)
  • Max Georg Baumann, German composer (Libertas Cruciata), born in Kronbacher, Germany (d. 1999)
  • Pam Henningen [Cornelia CP Ingenegeren], Indonesian-Dutch dancer
  • Ram Gopal, Indies/English dancer (Blue Peter, Purple Plain)
  • Robert Byrd, US Senator (Democrat-WV, 1959-2010), majority leader and once the longest-serving Senator in history, born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 2010)