20 JULY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Petrarch, 1304
  • Howard Thurston, 1869
  • Theda Bara, 1890
  • Sir Edmund Hillary, 1919
  • Cormac McCarthy, 1933
  • Sally Ann Howes, 1934
  • Natalie Wood, 1938
  • Diana Rigg, 1938
  • Kim Carnes, 1946
  • Carlos Santana, 1947
  • Gisele Bundchen, 1980

Died On This Day:

  • King Robert II France, 1031
  • Pope Leo XIII, 1903
  • Pancho Villa assassinated, 1923
  • Gugliemo Marconi, 1937
  • Paul Valery, 1945
  • Jim Fixx, 1984
  • John Bratby, 1992
  • Lucian Freud, 2011

Today's Events:

  • 1715 - Riot Act passed in England making assembly of more than twelve persons on street unlawful.
  • 1845 - First white man enters Simpson's desert, Central Australia (Charles Stuart).
  • 1858 - World's first commercial baseball game, Brooklyn vs. NY All-Stars; 50 cents admission charged.
  • 1871 - British Columbia joins Dominion of Canada.
  • 1903 - Pope Pius succeeds on death of Pope Leo XIII.
  • 1917 - Pact of Corfu leads to establishment of kingdom of Yugoslavia under Prince Alex II Serbia.
  • 1944 - German generals attempt to assassinate Hitler-The July Plot.
  • 1969 - President Richard Nixon places first earth-to-moon telephone call.
  • 1969 - Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong becomes first man to walk on moon at 10:56 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time.
  • 1974 - Turkey invades Cyprus.
  • 1976 - Hank Aaron hits last homerun of his career, his 755th.
  • 1976 - U.S. Viking spacecraft lands on Mars-no signs of life; rocky earth-like desert terrain shown in pix.
  • 1985 - Sunken treasure worth over $400 million found off Florida in 350 year-old Spanish galleon.
  • 1988 - Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini ends eight-year war with Iraq; Accepts UN Cease-fire Resolution 598.
  • 2015 - Diplomatic relations re-established between the USA and Cuba after 54 years.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Margaret (1)
  • Wilgefortis
  • Jerome Emiliani

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Columbia (1810)
  • Festival of Elijah in Greece, Rumania

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • JAGANNATH, RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • NEBUTA, Japanese Festival at peak of summer to drive off lethargy
  • SOMA NOMAOI, Japanese Festival of samurai equestrian displays

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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