October 20: Day of the Week
October 20, 2021 is the 293rd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 72 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.
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Here’s the October calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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October 20 Historical Event(s)
- 1720Caribbean pirate Calico Jack is captured by the Royal Navy.
- 1740Maria Theresa takes the throne of Austria. France, Prussia, Bavaria and Saxony refuse to honour the Pragmatic Sanction and the War of the Austrian Succession begins.
- 1827Battle of Navarino – a combined Turkish and Egyptian armada is defeated by British, French, and Russian naval force in the port of Navarino in Pylos, Greece.
- 1917The Military Revolutionary Committee of the Petrograd Soviet, in charge of preparation and carrying out the Russian Revolution, holds its first meeting.
- 1939Pope Pius XII publishes his first major encyclical entitled Summi Pontificatus.
- 1944The Soviet Army and Yugoslav Partisans liberate Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia
- 1970Siad Barre declares Somalia a socialist state.
- 1973“Saturday Night Massacre”: President Richard Nixon fires U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus after they refuse to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who is finally fired by Robert Bork.
- 1981Two police officers and an armored car guard are killed during an armed robbery in Rockland County, NY, carried out by members of the Black Liberation Army and Weather Underground.
- 1991The Oakland Hills firestorm kills 25 and destroys 3,469 homes and apartments, causing more than $2 billion in damage.
Who were born on October 20?
- 1616Thomas Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and theologian (d. 1680)
- 1656Nicolas de Largillière, French painter (d. 1746)
- 1784Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, British statesman (d. 1865)
- 1854Arthur Rimbaud, French poet (d. 1891)
- 1913Grandpa Jones, American banjo player and singer (d. 1998)
- 1921Hans Warren, Dutch writer (d. 2001)
- 1950Tom Petty, American musician
- 1965William Zabka, American actor
- 1966Fred Coury, American drummer (Cinderella)
- 1988Risa Niigaki, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
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