On This Day in History for October 20 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 152 of 152

  • 1971 Senator in the US Congress Edward Kennedy calls for a withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland and all-party negotiations to establish a United Ireland
  • 1972 Queen Juliana visits Yugoslavia

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1972 John Betjeman is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1973 OPEC oil embargo begins
  • 1973 US president Nixon fires Watergate accuser Archibald Cox
  • 1973 President Nixon discharges Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox and accepts the resignations of Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus
  • 1973 The Family Station Inc buys shortwave Radio Station WNYW, changes calls to WYFR & moves station from NYC to Scituate Mass
  • 1974 1st broadcast of "Derrick" on ZDF
  • 1975 Supreme Court rules teachers could spank their pupils after warning
  • 1975 Soviet orbiter Venera 9 becomes the 1st spacecraft to orbit Venus
  • 1976 70 die as Norwegian tanker Frosta collides with George Prince
  • 1977 David Mamet's "Life in the Theater" premieres in NYC
  • 1977 Hamilton Deane & John Balderstons "Dracula" premieres in NYC
  • 1978 Paul Vanden Boeynants forms Belgium government
  • 1978 Police's 1st US concert (NYC's CBGBs)
  • 1978 US dollar devalued below Dutch Ÿ2

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1979 John F. Kennedy Library dedicated in Boston

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1981 3 members of Weather underground arrested for armored truck robbery
  • 1981 Bomb attack on Antwerp Belgium synagogue, 1 dead, 80 injured
  • 1982 Billy Martin fired as manager of Oakland A's
  • 1982 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to George Stigler
  • 1982 Sri Lanka President Jayewardene re-elected
  • 1983 IBM-PC DOS Version 2.1 released
  • 1984 Cleveland Metroparks' Valley Parkway All Purpose Trails are completed
  • 1984 The Monterey Bay Aquarium opens in Monterey Bay, California.
  • 1986 Tupolev-134 crashes in Southern Africa
  • 1987 10 die as US Air Force jet crashed into a Ramada Inn near Indianapolis
  • 1987 Dow-Jones increases 102.27 pts/608,120,000 shares traded (record)
  • 1987 Subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz sentenced to 6 months in jail
  • 1988 Britain ends suspects' right to remain silent in crackdown on IRA
  • 1988 Gastineau sacks Jets, retires from football "for personal reasons"
  • 1988 Man armed with explosives blows himself up in 125 St subway station (NYC)
  • 1989 Pakistan win Sharjah Trophy over India & WI on round-robin
  • 1989 US Senate impeaches US District Judge Alcee L Hastings
  • 1990 3 members of 2 Live Crew acquitted on obsenity charges in Florida
  • 1990 Antiwar protest marches begin in 20 US cities (US-Iraq)
  • 1991 6.1-7.1 earthquake in Uttar Kashi, India, about 670 die
  • 1991 Formal opening ceremony of Intl One Mind Zen center in Crestone, Colo
  • 1992 David Houghton scores Zimbabwe's 1st Test hundred (121 v India, debut)
  • 1992 Mr Johnson surrenders Monrovia, Liberia & is exiled to Nigeria
  • 1995 STS 73 (Columbia 18) launches into orbit
  • 1995 Sri Lanka beat West Indies to win Sharjah Champions Trophy final
  • 1997 US accuses Microsoft of violating pact forcing IE browser on computers

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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.

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • 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

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2014 Joko Widodo becomes President of Indonesia

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo
  • 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

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

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden

  • 2017 Pollution linked to 1 in 6 deaths worldwide or 9 million in 2015 in report published in "The Lancet"

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