On This Day in History, November 20

Normalcy can be boring, we yearn to do things that push us from our comfort zones. Therefore, there are people who’ve gone out of their ways to do incredible stuff thus, putting their names on the books of history.

Check out this list to learn what historic events happened on November 20.

  • 1914 – US State Department began requiring photographs for passports.
  • 1923 – Traffic signal was patented.
  • 1929 – First broadcast of “Goldberg’s” on US radio.
  • 1934 –  Lillian Hellman’s “Children’s Hour” premiered in NYC.
  • 1938 – 1st documented anti-Semitic remarks over US radio.
  • 1944 – 1st Japanese suicide submarine attack.
  • 1945 –  The beginning of the Nuremberg trials led by the International Military Tribunal.
  • 1947 – UN General assembly begins debate on printing their own stamps.
  • 1959 – The United Nations General Assembly adopted the document that laid out the rights of the child.
  • 1968 – 2nd Country Music Association Award: Glen Campbell and Tammy Wynette won.
  • 1969 – Brazilian soccer icon Pele scored his 1,000th goal.
  • 1974 – The US files an antitrust suit to break up AT&T.
  • 1975 Ronald Reagan announced candidacy for the Republican nomination for US President.
  • 1977 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the 1st Arab leader to address the Israeli Knesset.
  • 1979 – US’s 1st artificial blood transfusion occurred at University of Minnesota Hospital.
  • 1980 – United Artists withdrew $44 million movies “Heaven’s Gate” for re-editing
  • 1985 – Microsoft released its first graphical operating system, Windows 1.0.
  • 1990 – British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher failed to defeat Michael Heseltine’s bid for leadership of the Conservative Party.
  • 1990 – Saddam Hussein announces plans to release German hostages.
  • 1998 – The first module of the International Space Station was launched.

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