What Happened on July 20

Significant Events

  • 1881 Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull, surrenders to US federal troops
  • 1921 Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson becomes the first woman to preside over the floor of US House of Representatives
  • 1954 Armistice for Indo-China signed, Vietnam separates into North and South
  • 1969 1st Moon Landing: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin step out from Apollo spacecraft 11, 530 million watch live global broadcast
  • 1976 US Viking 1 lands on Mars at Chryse Planitia, 1st Martian landing
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Did You Know?

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

On July 20, 1940

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
  • 1991 Kirk Cameron marries Growing Pains co-star Chelsea Noble in upstate NY
  • 1996 Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters (48) weds investment adviser Michael Wittenberg (34) in Millbrook, New York

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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