On this Day in History, October 20

Your baby sister might be brought home today, your boyfriend might propose, or the results of your final exam might be out today. So many things that will one day make it to the history books, can happen today.

But hey, what happened on October 20 in history? Well, you wouldn’t know unless you read on some of the events we have compiled.

  • 1803 – The U.S. Senate approved the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1818 – America and Great Britain established the boundary between the U.S. and Canada to be the 49th parallel.
  • 1828 – Shaka Zulu was assassinated.
  • 1944 – Yugoslav cities of Belgrade and Dubrovnik were liberated during World War II.
  • 1952 – The Mau Mau uprising against white settlers began in Kenya.
  • 1962 – A war broke out between India and China.
  • 1963South Africa began the trial of Nelson Mandela & 8 others on conspiracy.
  • 1964 – The 31st President of America, Herbert Hoover, died.
  • 1973 – Queen Elizabeth II opened the Sydney Opera House.
  • 1979 – The dedication of John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.
  • 1980 – The Iran-Iraq war began.
  • 1994 – The website WhiteHouse.gov was launched.
  • 1995 – Britain, France and the U.S. announced a treaty that banned atomic blasts in the South Pacific.
  • 1997 – US accused Microsoft of violating the pact, forcing IE browser on computers.
  • 2003 – A 40-year-old man survived out in Niagara Falls without safety devices.
  • 2011 – Muammar Gaddafi was captured by the National Transitional Council Forces.
  • 2014 – Joko Widodo became President of Indonesia.
  • 2015 – The then US Vice President Joe Biden confirmed he would not run for President in 2016.
  • 2018 –  Former American President, Donald  Trump threatened to pull the US out of an arms control agreement with Russia.
  • 2020 – Google was sued by the U.S. Justice Department for an illegal monopoly over search and search advertising.

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