What Happened on November 20

Significant Events

  • 284 Roman soldier Diocletian proclaimed Emperor by the army
  • 762 Bögü, Khan of the Uyghurs, conquers Lo-Yang, capital of the Chinese Empire
  • 1695 Zumbi last leaders of Quilombo dos Palmares in early Brazil and ex-slave, is executed
  • 1815 2nd Treaty of Paris: France & her allies agree France pay indemnities after Battle of Waterloo, ending Napoleonic Wars
  • 1969 Brazilian soccer icon Pele scores his 1,000th goal
  • 1986 World Health Organization announces first global effort to combat AIDS
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Did You Know?

First successful tank use in battle (Britain breaks through German lines) at Battle of Cambrai WWI

On November 20, 1917

Would You Believe?

McDonald's makes its 50 billionth hamburger

On November 20, 1984

Famous Weddings

  • 1895 Businessman Harvey Firestone (26) weds composer Idabelle Smith (21)
  • 1900 Archaeologist Hiram Bingham (25) weds Tiffany heiress Alfreda Mitchell in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1932 Blues musician Muddy Waters (19) weds Mabel Berry
  • 1937 Actor Jackie Coogan (23) weds actress Betty Grable (20) at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Los Angeles
  • 1944 Model agency executive Eileen Ford (22) weds businessman Gerard W. Ford (20) in San Francisco, California

Famous Divorces

  • 2007 Linda Bollea (46) divorces professional wrestler Hulk Hogan (53) after 23 years of marriage
  • 2013 Business magnate Rupert Murdoch (82) divorces Wendi Deng (44) due to irreconcilable differences after 13 years of marriage
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