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
  • 1986 World Health Organization announces first global effort to combat AIDS
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November 20 in Film & TV

  • 1983 100 million watch ABC TV movie "The Day After" about nuclear war

November 20 in Music

November 20 in Sport

  • 1902 Geo Lefevre & Henri Desgrange create Tour de France bicycle race

Did You Know?

1st successful tank use in battle, at the Battle of Cambrai in World War I as Britain uses the new technology to break through German lines

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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