On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1977 Russell Means addresses the UNHCR in Geneva: criticizes the United States, describing Native Americans as "people who live in the belly of the monster"
  • 1978 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1978 Yamada Mumon Roshi visits Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach Germany

KnighthoodDictator Bokassa I

1979 Coup in Central African Republic as David Dacko overthrows Emperor Bokassa I

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Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
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  • 1979 Jose E dod Santos becomes president of Angola
  • 1979 NASA launches HEAO 3
  • 1979 Lee Iacocca is elected president of the Chrysler Corporation
  • 1979 The Punjab wing of the Unity Centre of Communist Revolutionaries of India (Marxist-Leninist) formally splits and constitutes a parallel UCCRI(ML).
  • 1979 Assassination of French left-wing militant Pierre Goldman.
  • 1981 Joe Danelo kicks then NY Giant record 55 yard field goal
  • 1982 Jalaluddin takes a one-day hat-trick Pakistan v Australia
  • 1983 Cryptographic Communications System & Method (RSA) patented
  • 1984 Suicide car bomb attacks US Embassy annex in Beirut, kills 23
  • 1986 Wichita State Shockers blow a 35-3 lead; lose 36-35 to Morehead State
  • 1989 USAir overshoots runway at LaGuardia Airport in NYC, 2 people die
  • 1990 Both East and West Germany ratify reunification

  • 1990 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1990 South Ossetia declares its independence from Georgia
  • 1991 Lion's Terry Taylor reinstated after 1 year drug related suspension
  • 1992 France votes in favor of Maastricht treaty
  • 1992 Phils' Mickey Moradini makes an unassisted triple play
  • 1992 Space shuttle STS-47 (Endeavour 2) lands
  • 1994 Space shuttle STS-64 (Discovery 20), lands
  • 2000 Patent on RSA cryptograph algorithm ends
  • 2000 The British MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by a Russian-built Mark 22 anti-tank missile.

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2001 In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, US President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror"

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 2003 Maldives civil unrest: the death of prisoner Hassan Evan Naseem sparks a day of rioting in Malé
  • 2003 A referendum is held in Latvia to decide the country's accession to the European Union
  • 2010 The National Bureau of Economic Research state today that the US left the recession in June 2009, with managing director Lakshman Achuthan of the Economic Cycle Research Institute saying GDP recovered to 70% of the pre-recession level
  • 2011 The United States ends its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.
  • 2012 50 people are killed and dozens injured after a gas station is bombed by the Syrian Army in Ain Issa
  • 2012 14 people are killed in a cafe suicide bombing in Somalia
  • 2012 AU Optronics fined $500 million for a LCD screen price-fixing
  • 2013 46 soldiers are killed in army-base attacks in Shabwah Governorate, Yemen
  • 2013 Grand Theft Auto becomes the fastest entertainment product to reach $1 Billion in sales
  • 2013 Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise is boarded by Russian military

  • 2014 New Zealand's National Government wins a 3rd term in the elections despite allegations of corruption and revelations about state surveillance

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2015 Alexis Tsipras and Syriza party declared the winners in Greek snap election

Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras
Prime Minister of Greece
Alexis Tsipras

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

2015 Pope Francis meets Fidel Castro in Havana, on the 1st day of his tour of Cuba

Pope Pope Francis
Pope
Pope Francis
Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 2015 President Ram Baran Yadav signs Nepal's new constitution into law in Kathmandu
  • 2015 Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, confirms raising the price of toxoplasmosis drug Daraprim by 5,000%
  • 2016 Black American Keith Lamont Scott is shot dead by a black police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, provoking violent protests in the city
  • 2017 US Federal Reserve says it will start to unwind its bond portfolio employed in wake of the financial crisis
  • 2017 Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico as a category 4 hurricane, knocking out all power and killing 25
  • 2018 Woman shoots seven people, killing three and herself at a Rite Aid distribution center near Baltimore, Maryland

Conference meetingSummit of Interest

2018 EU leaders, including Donald Tusk and Emmanuel Macron, criticize Theresa May's Brexit plan at a summit in Salzburg, Austria

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
  • 2018 Overloaded ferry capsizes on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, killing at least 207, with one man surviving in air lock for two days

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg
Climate Activist
Greta Thunberg
  • 2019 Rare Egyptian political protests take place against corruption in President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi's government in Tahrir Square, Cairo and elsewhere

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2019 Australian PM Scott Morrison welcomed for week-long visit at the White House by US President Donald Trump

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison
Prime Minister of Australia
Scott Morrison
  • 2019 The MOSAiC expedition, the greatest Arctic research expedition ever, sets sail from Norway, aims to stay trapped in ice for a year to study climate change
  • 2019 Researchers for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) propose that aliens may have bugged earths co-orbitals (nearby orbiting rocks) in "The Astronomical Journal"
  • 2020 FinCEN files leaked - over 2,000 mostly 'suspicious activity reports' to the US government showing banks allowed money laundering worth $2 trillion between 2000-17

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