On This Day

What Happened on October 20

Important Events

  • 1097 1st Crusaders arrive in Antioch during the First Crusade
  • 1603 Chinese uprising in the Philippines fails after 23,000 killed
  • 1803 US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase
  • 1935 Communist forces end their Long March at Yan'an, in Shaanxi, China, bringing Mao Zedong to prominence
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Oct 20 in Film & TV

  • 1998 Comedian Richard Pryor is awarded the 1st ever Mark Twain Prize for American Humour

Oct 20 in Music

Oct 20 in Sport

  • 1973 US President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe to have been the greatest athlete of the 1st half of the 20th century

Did You Know?

Publication of "The Return of the King", the 3rd and final volume of "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London

On October 20, 1955

Would You Believe?

A purported bigfoot is filmed at Bluff Creek by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin in Northern California

On October 20, 1967

Famous Weddings

  • 1853 23rd US President Benjamin Harrison (20) weds music teacher Caroline Scott (21)
  • 1943 British Children's writer Enid Blyton marries 2nd husband surgeon Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters at City of Westminster registry office, London
  • 1949 Constitutional lawyer Phyllis Schlafly (25) weds attorney John Fred Schlafly, Jr.
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