On This Day

What Happened on October 20, 1944

Historical Events

  • Liquid-gas tanks in Cleveland, Ohio, explode, 135 die, 3,600 homeless
  • Revolution by workers & students in Guatemala
  • Soviet and Yugoslav troops free Belgrade
  • US 1st army wins battle of Aachen

Philippine Revolution'I Shall Return'

US forces under General Douglas MacArthur return to the Philippines with the landing of the US 6th army on Leyte

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A statue in the Philippines commemorating the promised return of American commander Douglas MacArthur in World War II
A statue in the Philippines commemorating the promised return of American commander Douglas MacArthur in World War II
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Famous Birthdays

  • William Hugh Albright, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Gabriel Groulez, French composer, dies at 65
1944 Highlights

About October 20, 1944

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 76 years and 8 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Libra