On This Day

What Happened on October 20, 1950

Historical Events

Historic Event

Chemists Archer John Porter Martin and James Lovelock give the first demonstration of gas chromatography at a meeting of the Biochemical Society. The technique is rapidly adopted by the petrochemical industry.

Famous Birthdays

  • Elodie Lauten [Genevieve Schecroun], French-American composer (The Death of Don Juan), born in Paris (d. 2014)
  • Isaac Curtis, NFL wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Tom Petty, American classic rock singer and songwriter (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "American Girl"; Traveling Wilburys - "Last Night"; solo -"I Won't Back Down"), born in Gainesville, Florida (d. 2017)

Famous Deaths

  • Henry L. Stimson, American statesman (46th United States Secretary of State), dies at 83
1950 Highlights

About October 20, 1950

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 71 years, 3 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Libra