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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October 20 - This Day In History

This Day In History

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October 20

1740 - Maria Theresa became the ruler of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia with the death of her father, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI.

1774 - The new Continental Congress, the governing body of America's colonies, passed an order proclaiming that all citizens of the colonies "discountenance and discourage all horse racing and all kinds of gaming, cock fighting, exhibitions of shows, plays and other expensive diversions and entertainment."

1803 - The U.S. Senate approved the Louisiana Purchase.

1818 - The U.S. and Great Britain established the boundary between the U.S. and Canada to be the 49th parallel.

1827 - The Battle of Navarino took place during the Greek War for Independence.

1873 - A Hippodrome was opened in New York City by showman Phineus T. (P.T.) Barnum.

1892 - The city of Chicago dedicated the World's Columbian Exposition.

1903 - A joint commission ruled in favor of the U.S. concerning a dispute over the boundary between Canada and the District of Alaska.

1910 - A baseball with a cork center was used in a World Series game for the first time.

1930 - "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" debuted on NBC radio.

1935 - Mao Zedong arrived in Hanoi after his Long March that took just over a year. He then set up the Chinese Communist Headquarters.

1942 - Pierre Laval told the French labor that they must serve in Germany.

1944 - Allied forces invaded the Philippines.

1944 - During World War II, the Yugoslav cities of Belgrade and Dubrovnik were liberated.

1947 - Hollywood came under scrutiny as the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence within the motion picture industry.

1952 - The Mau Mau uprising against white settlers began in Kenya.

1955 - "No Time for Sergeants" opened on Broadway.

1957 - Walter Cronkite began hosting "The 20th Century." The show aired until January 4, 1970.

1967 - Seven men were convicted in Meridian, MS, on charges of violating the civil rights of three civil rights workers. Of the men convicted one was a Ku Klux Klan leader and another was a sheriff's deputy.

1968 - Jackie Lee Bouvier Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis.

1976 - More than 70 people were killed when the Norwegian tanker Frosta collided with the ferryboat George Prince on the Mississippi River.

1979 - The John F. Kennedy Library in Boston was dedicated.

1984 - The U.S. State Department reduced the number of Americans assigned to the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.

1986 - American mercenary Eugene Hasenfus was formally charged by the Nicaraguan government on several charges including terrorism.

1993 - Attorney General Janet Reno warned the TV industry to limit the violence in their programs.

1995 - Britain, France and the U.S. announced a treaty that banned atomic blasts in the South Pacific.

2003 - A 40-year-old man went over Niagara Falls without safety devices and survived. He was charged with illegally performing a stunt.

2009 - European astronomers discover 32 exoplanets.

Whose Birthday Is It?

Sir Christopher Wren 1632

Arthur Rimbaud 1854

James Mann 1856

John Dewey 1859

Charles Ives 1874

Bela Lugosi (Blasko) 1882

Ellery Queen (Frederic Dannay) 1905

Arlene Francis 1908

Will Rogers, Jr. 1912

Granpa Jones (Louis Marshall) 1913

Fayard Nicholas 1914

Herschel Bernardi 1922

Art Buchwald 1925

Mickey Mantle 1931

William Christopher 1932

Roosevelt Brown 1932

Michael Dunn 1934

Jerry Orbach 1935

Bobby Seale 1936

Wanda Jackson 1937

Juan "Manito" Marichal 1937

Jay Siegal 1939

Earl Hindman 1942

Ric Lee 1945

Isaac Curtis 1950

Al Greenwood 1951

Melanie Mayron 1952

Dave Collins 1952

Tom Petty 1953

Keith Hernandez 1953

Eric Scott 1958

Viggo Mortensen 1958

Mark King 1958

David Ryan 1964

James G. Sonefeld 1964

Fred Coury 1966

Snoop Doggy Dogg (Calvin Broadus) 1971

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