On This Day

What Happened on September 20

Important Events

  • 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"
  • 2019 Students from 185 countries stage the world's largest-ever protest on climate change culminating in Manhattan rally led by Greta Thunberg
  • More Historical Events

Sep 20 in Film & TV

  • 1984 "Cosby Show" premieres on NBC-TV

Sep 20 in Music

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

Sep 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

  • 1975 British comic actor Dudley Moore (40) weds American actress Tuesday Weld (31) ; divorced in 1980
  • 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

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

More Weddings & Divorces