On This Day

What Happened on October 20, 1950

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Nobel Prize Winning Chemist Archer John Porter Martin
Nobel Prize Winning Chemist
Archer John Porter Martin

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)
  • Tom Petty, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), 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? 70 years, 3 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Libra