On This Day

What Happened on September 20

Important Events

  • 451 Roman General Flavius Aetius defeats Attila the Hun at The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (Chalons-sur-Marne), halting Hun invasion of Roman Gaul
  • 622 Islamic Prophet Muhammed/Abu Bakr arrives in Jathrib (Medina)
  • 1519 Spanish expedition led by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets off on the 1st successful circumnavigation of the globe (Magellan killed on route)
  • 1854 Battle of the Alma: first major battle of Crimean War. British and French alliance defeat the Russians
  • 1990 Both East and West Germany ratify reunification
  • 2001 In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, US President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror"
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September 20 in Film & TV

  • 1984 "Cosby Show" premieres on NBC-TV

September 20 in Music

  • 1969 Virtual band Archies' single "Sugar Sugar" hits #1

September 20 in Sport

Did You Know?

Maryland passes 1st anti-amalgamation law to stop intermarriage of English women & black men

On September 20, 1664

Would You Believe?

Capture of Rome by Italian army, Pope Pius IX surrenders to King Victor Emmanuel which unifies Italy and ends 1,116 year reign of Papal States

On September 20, 1870

Famous Weddings

  • 1997 "CHiPs" actor Erik Estrada (48) weds Nanette Mirkovich
  • 2002 "The Matrix" actor Laurence Fishburne (41) weds actress Gina Torres (33) at The Cloisters museum in New York City
  • 2002 "The Monkees" lead vocalist Micky Dolenz (57) weds Donna Quinter in Calabasas, California

Famous Divorces

  • 1951 Actor Jackie Coogan (36) divorces Ann McCormack after 5 years of marriage
  • 1983 Actor James Woods (36) divorces costume designer Kathryn Morrison after 3 years of marriage
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