On This Day

What Happened on December 13, 1920

Historical Events

  • Francis G. Pease's interferometer at Mount Wilson Observatory is the first to measure the diameter of a star - the Betelgeuse
  • League of Nations establishes the International Court of Justice in The Hague
  • Netherland breaks contact with Kingdom of Serbia, Croatia and Slavia

Famous Birthdays

  • Donald "Don" Taylor, American director and actor (Father's Little Dividend, Escape from the Planet of the Apes), born in Freeport, Pennsylvania (d. 1998)
  • Frits Noske, Dutch musicologist (Signifier & the Signified), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • George P. Shultz, American economist, businessman and 60th Secretary of State (1982-89), born in NYC, New York
  • Kaysone Phomvihane, President of Laos (Pathet Lao) (1991-92), born in Na Seng village, Khanthabouli district (d. 1992)
1920 Highlights

About December 13, 1920

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 99 years, 10 months and 11 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Sagittarius