On This Day

What Happened on October 19, 2020

Historical Events

  • Belgium officials say country facing a "tsunami" of COVID-19 cases amid new restrictions and figures it has third-highest number of Covid-related deaths per 100,000 people globally
  • Irish government moves country to highest level of COVID-19 restrictions amid rising cases
  • Ming handscroll painting “Ten Views of Lingbi Rock” by Wu Bin sells for 512.9 million yuan ($77 million) at auction in Beijing, a new world record for a classical Chinese work
  • Peru announces rediscovered 37m figure of a cat, completed 500 BC to 200 AD, a geoglyph outline in the Nazca Desert
  • US charges six Russian military officers with massive cyber-attack meant to disrupt 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 2017 French presidential election, and Ukraine's power grid

Famous Deaths

  • Hiroh Kikai, Japanese photographer (Asakusa Portraits), dies of lymphoma at 75
  • Spencer Davis [Davies], English guitarist (Spencer Davis Group - "Gimme Some Lovin'"), dies of pneumonia at 81 [1] [2]
  • Tony Lewis, British rock singer-songwriter and bass player (The Outfield - "Your Love"), dies at 62
2020 Highlights

About October 19, 2020

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 11 months and 3 days
Leap Year: Yes

Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Libra