On This Day

Historical Events on October 20 (Part 2)

  • 1995 STS 73 (Columbia 18) launches into orbit
  • 1995 Sri Lanka beat West Indies to win Sharjah Champions Trophy final
  • 1996 "Summer & Smoke" closes at Criterion Theater NYC
  • 1996 Braves Andruw Jones is youngest player to homer in World Series
  • 1996 Wasim Akram (257) & Saqlain Mushtaq gets cricket Test record 313 for 8th wicket, vs Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura
  • 1997 Richard Gnida, Limo driver in Detroit Red Wings crash, pleads guilty
  • 1997 US accuses Microsoft of violating pact forcing IE browser on computers

Film & TV History

1998 Comedian Richard Pryor is awarded the 1st ever Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

  • 2001 Despite 20-14 final round loss to Ireland in Dublin, England retains Six Nations Rugby Championship; set new records for points scored (229), tries scored (29) and overall points-difference (+149)
  • 2004 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox come back from 0-3 to beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 3
  • 2007 6th Rugby World Cup Final, Stade de France, Saint-Denis: Springboks fullback Percy Montgomery lands 4/4 penalties as South Africa beats England, 15-6

Battle of Interest

2011 The former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, and his son Moatassem Gaddafi are killed shortly after the battle of Sirte (2011) while in the custody of NTC fighters.

  • 2013 30 people are killed by a suicide truck bomber in Hama, Syria
  • 2013 37 people are killed in a suicide bombing in Baghdad, Iraq
  • 2013 78 people are killed by cattle raiders in Jonglei, Sudan

Historic Event

2014 Joko Widodo becomes President of Indonesia

  • 2014 Laquan McDonald (17) is shot dead by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke while jaywalking, the murder caught on video footage
  • 2015 Migrants arriving in Greece top 500,00 for the year, according to the UN

Historic Event

2015 US Vice President Joe Biden confirms he will not run for President in 2016

  • 2017 Pollution linked to 1 in 6 deaths worldwide or 9 million in 2015 in report published in "The Lancet"
  • 2017 "Coco" Pixar animated film, the first nine-figure budget film with all-Latino cast premieres at Morelia film festival
  • 2018 Australia's center-right coalition government loses its 1-seat majority by losing the Wentworth by-election
  • 2018 12,000 year old fossil called "Luzia", oldest known fossil in South America announced found mostly intact after devastating fire at Brazil's National Museum

Agreement of Interest

2018 President Trump threatens to pull the US out of an arms control agreement with Russia because Russia has violated its terms

  • 2018 All-England Lawn Tennis Club announces tie break to be used when scores reach 12-12 in deciding set at Wimbledon
  • 2019 1st New York to Sydney non-stop test flight by a commercial airline achieved by a Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner, takes 19 hours 42 minutes
  • 2020 Vietnam suffers its worst floods in decades with over 100 people killed according to the Red Cross
  • 2020 Argentina becomes the fifth country in the world to record over 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases with the death toll at 26,716
  • 2020 Nigerian police open fire on protesters in Lagos amid escalating protests against police violence around the country
  • 2020 US Justice Department sues Google for illegal monopoly over search and search advertising
  • 2021 Confirmation that Vikings established settlement first in 1021 AD in the New World at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, provided by new dating technique using solar storms [1]

COVID-19 Pandemic

2021 Brazilian Senate inquiry finds President Bolsonaro should face series of criminal charges, including crimes against humanity, for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic [1]

  • 2021 Barbados elects Sandra Mason as its first-ever president, as part of a process to replace Queen Elizabeth and become a republic