On This Day

What Happened on July 20

Important Events

  • 1954 Armistice for Indo-China signed, Vietnam separates into North and South
  • 1969 Apollo 11 lunar module carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin lands on the surface of the Moon; Aldrin and Armstrong walk on the moon seven hours later; Michael Collins remains in orbit in the lunar module
  • 1976 US Viking 1 lands on Mars at Chryse Planitia, 1st Martian landing
  • 2017 China announces a plan against “foreign garbage” banning 24 categories of plastic and recyclable waste from 2018
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July 20 in Film & TV

  • 1950 "Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)

July 20 in Music

  • 1940 Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey)

July 20 in Sport

Did You Know?

Euston railway station opens in London as the terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway (L&BR), the city's 1st intercity railway station

On July 20, 1837


Would You Believe?

USSR recovers 2 dogs; 1st living organisms to return from space

On July 20, 1960

Famous Weddings

  • 1608 Reynier van Oldenbarnevelt marries Anna Weytzen in Delft
  • 1872 Inventor Karl Benz (27) weds Bertha Ringer
  • 1975 "The Exorcist" writer William Peter Blatty (47) weds tennis player Linda Tuero (24) in Las Vegas

Famous Divorces

  • 1993 Joe Petruzzi files for divorce from Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever)
  • 2012 "Game of Thrones" actress Lena Headey (38) divorces musician Peter Loughran due to irreconcilable differences
  • 2015 County singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert divorce after 4 years of marriage
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