What Happened on July 20

Historical Events

  • 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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Jul 20 in Film & TV

  • 1940 Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart - "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey, with vocal by Frank Sinatra is #1
  • 1950 "Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)

Jul 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

  • 1966 American actress Jayne Mansfield and American film producer and director Matt Cimber file for divorce, after less than 2 years of marriage
  • 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

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