20 NOVEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Thomas Chatterton, 1752
  • Pope Pius VIII, 1761
  • Norman Thomas, 1884
  • Edwin Hubble, 1889
  • Chester Gould, 1900
  • Alistair Cooke, 1908
  • Emilio Pucci, 1914
  • Judy Canova, 1916
  • Evelyn Keyes, 1919
  • Robert F. Kennedy, 1925
  • Kaye Ballard, 1926
  • Estelle Parsons, 1927
  • Don DeLillo, 1936
  • Dick Smothers, 1938
  • Joseph Biden, 1942
  • Veronica Hamel, 1945
  • Duane Allman, 1946
  • Joe Walsh, 1947
  • Bo Derek, 1956

Died On This Day:

  • Leo Tolstoy, 1910
  • Queen Alexandra, 1925
  • Admiral Lord Jellicoe, 1935
  • Maud Queen of Norway, 1938
  • Allen Sherman, 1973
  • Generalissimo Francisco Franco of Spain, 1975
  • Robert Altman, 2006

Today's Events:

  • 1272 - Edward I proclaimed King of England.
  • 1637 - Peter Minuit and Swedes set sail from Gothenburg to become first Swedes in America.
  • 1759 - British navy defeats French at Battle of Quiberon Bay.
  • 1776 - British forces take Fort Lee (Revolutionary War).
  • 1805 - Beethoven's 'Fidelio' first performed in Vienna.
  • 1818 - Simon Bolivar declares Venezuela independent of Spain.
  • 1820 - Whale sinks whaler - 280-ton Essex attacked and sunk by sperm whale west of Galapagos Islands.
  • 1866 - Pierre Lallemont of Paris patents bicycle with rotary crank.
  • 1906 - Rolls Royce motor company formed by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce.
  • 1920 - America's first municipal airport inaugurated in Tucson, Arizona.
  • 1945 - Nuremberg war crimes tribunal begins; 21 Nazi defendants to be indicted including Göring & Hess.
  • 1947 - Princess Elizabeth marries Prince Philip (Mountbatten) at Westminster Abbey in London.
  • 1947 - 'Meet the Press' starts regular series of broadcasts on NBC.
  • 1966 - 'Cabaret' opens at Imperial Theatre, N.Y.
  • 1992 - Fire breaks out at Windsor Castle causing enormous damage.
  • 1995 - Dow Jones Industrial Average passes 5,000 for the first time.
  • 2008 - Dow Jones plunges 5.6% to 7,552 as global recession fears take their toll.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Bernward
  • Edmund
  • Felix of Valois

Holiday:

  • Revolution Day in Mexico

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • THANKSGIVING DAY (U.S.) last Thursday of November.
  • TUNG CHICH, Feast of the Winter Solstice in China (sometime during the eleventh moon on the shortest day of the year)
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • TUNG CHICH, Feast of the Winter Solstice in China (sometime during the eleventh moon on the shortest day of the year)
  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • HANUKKA also spelled CHANUKAH (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • ELEPHANT ROUNDUP AT SURIN, THAILAND celebrated third Sunday in November
  • ON-MATSURI, Yamato region harvest festival in Nara, Japan
  • CHICHIBU NO YO-MATSURI, Kabuki and fireworks in Japan

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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