What Happened on November 20

Historical 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, the last King of the Quilombo dos Palmares in early Brazil and ex-slave, is executed and decapitated, his head displayed on a pike to dispel any legends of his immortality

Nov 20 in Film & TV

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

Nov 20 in Music

Nov 20 in Sport

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 American businessman and tire maker Harvey Firestone (26) weds American composer Idabelle Smith (21)
  • 1900 Archaeologist Hiram Bingham (25) weds Tiffany heiress Alfreda Mitchell in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1932 American blues musician Muddy Waters (19 or 21) weds American Mabel Berry; divorce in 1935

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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