Today in History - October 20th

  • 1774 - On this day in history, the continental Congress ordered discouragement of entertainment.
  • 1803 - The US Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1818 - The US and Britain agreed to joint control of Oregon country.
  • 1820 - Spain sold part of Florida to the US for $5 million, on this day in history.
  • 1935 - Mao Tse Tung and his Communist forces ended their "Long March" at Yan'an, in Shaanxi, China.
  • 1941 - Today in history, Nazi occupiers murdered 500 inhabitants of Kragujevac, Serbia.
  • 1942- The "Durham Manifesto," on this day in history, called for fundamental changes in race relations in the South.
  • 1944 - General Douglas MacArthur returned to the Philippines 30 months after he said "I shall return."
  • 1945 - Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Lawrence opened the trial of Neurenberg, which tried Nazi war criminals.
  • 1947 - Today in history, The US House of Un-American Activities Committee opened meetings about alleged Communist infiltration in the Hollywood film industry.
  • 1960 - The first fully automated post office opened in Providence, RI.
  • 1963 - South Africa began trial of Nelson Mandela and eight other people on conspiracy.
  • 1968 -  Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis. Mrs. Kennedy felt that she had to bring her children out of the US, to keep them from Kennedy clan influence and assure their safety.
  • 1973 - During the Watergate scandal, Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus resigned and special prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed by President Richard Nixon in what came to be known as the "Saturday Night Massacre."
  • 1975 - The US Supreme Court ruled that teachers could spank their pupils after a warning.
  • 2011 - Col. Qaddafi was killed by rebel troops in Surt, Libya, his hometown.

SPORTS - Today in History, October 20th

  • 1924 - The first Negro League World Series took place: KC Monarchs shut out Hilldales, 5-0
  • 1934 - All-Star team led by Babe Ruth & Connie Mack sailed to Hawaii and Japan.
  • 1955 - The NY Yankees began the 16-game exhibition in Japan.
  • 1992 - The first World Series game outside of US took place: Toronto beat Atlanta.

CULTURE, LIFESTYLE - Today in History, October 20th

  • 1957 - On this day in history, Walter Cronkite began hosting his weekly documentary on TV.
  • 1964 - Riot at Rolling Stones show in Paris set the pace for what would become commonplace in rock arenas: 150 arrests due to violent behaviors.
  • 1965 - The Beatles received a gold record for "Yesterday."
  • 1978 - The Police played their first US concert at NY's legendary club CBGBs.


  • 1882 - Bela Lugosi, Lugos, Austria-Hungary, actor (Dracula, Plan 9 From Outer Space).
  • 1925 - Art Buchwald, Mt Vernon NY, columnist/author (Have I Ever Lied to You)
  • 1927 - Joyce Brothers, NYC, pop psychologist ($64,000 Question, Naked Gun)
  • 1934 - Martin Landau, actor (Mission Impossible, Space 1999, Ed Wood)
  • 1971 - Snoop Dogg [Calvin Broadus], Long Beach, California, rapper (What's My Name, Gin & Juice)