October 20, 2023 was the 293rd day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 72 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.
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Here’s the October calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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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.
October 20 Historical Event(s)
Caribbean pirate Calico Jack is captured by the Royal Navy.
Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers universities draft the first code of American football rules.
Chile and Bolivia sign the Treaty of Peace and Friendship, delimiting the border between the two countries.
The Soviet Army and Yugoslav Partisans liberate Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia
Governor Evelyn Baring declares a state of emergency in Kenya and begins arresting hundreds of suspected leaders of the Mau Mau Uprising, including Jomo Kenyatta, the future first President of Kenya.
China launches simultaneous offensives in Ladakh and across the McMahon Line, beginning the Sino-Indian War.
Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
“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.
During the UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem, 66 people are crushed to death in the Luzhniki disaster.
The former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, and his son Moatassem Gaddafi are killed shortly after the battle of Sirte (2011) while in the custody of NTC fighters.
Who were born on October 20?
Stanisław I Leszczyński, King of Poland (d. 1766)
Karl Andree, German geographer (d. 1875)
Anna Neagle, English actress (d. 1986)
Empress Michiko of Japan
Juan Marichal, Dominican baseball player
Melih Gökçek, Turkish politician
Thomas Newman, American composer
Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (d. 2004)
John Krasinski, American actor
Luis Saritama, Ecuadorian footballer
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