On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 David Mamet's "Life in the Theater" premieres in NYC

Playwright David Mamet
David Mamet
  • 1977 Hamilton Deane & John Balderstons "Dracula" premieres in NYC
  • 1978 Paul Vanden Boeynants forms Belgium government
  • 1978 US dollar devalued below Dutch Ÿ2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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

BattleBattle 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.

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 US Vice President Joe Biden confirms he will not run for President in2016

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
  • 2017 Pollution linked to 1 in 6 deaths worldwide or 9 million in 2015 in report published in "The Lancet"
  • 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

AgreementAgreement of Interest

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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2019 1st test flight New York to Sydney by a commercial airline a Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner, takes 19 hours 42 minutes, landing in Sydney
  • 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

Birthdays in History

Weddings in History

Deaths in History