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Notable Historical Events for October 20th

1955Publication of "The Return of the King", the 3rd and final volume of "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien - 2nd best-selling novel

1935Communist forces end their "Long March" at Yan'an, in Shaanxi China bringing Mao Zedong to prominence

1944US forces under Gen Douglas MacArthur return to Philippines

1973President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe greatest athlete of 1st ½ century

1935Hank Greenberg is named AL MVP by the BBWAA, Wes Ferrell is runner-up

1889Gerhart Hauptmann's "Vor Sonnenaufgang," premieres in Berlin

1963Jim Brown sets NFL single-season rushing record, 1,863 yds

1833Charles Darwin reaches river mouth of Parana

1950Chemists Archer John Porter Martin and James Lovelock give the first demonstration of gas chromatography at a meeting of the Biochemical Society. The technique is rapidly adopted by the petrochemical industry.

1984Islander's Mike Bossy's 30th career hat trick-4 goals

October 20th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on October 20th

1632Christopher Wren, East Knoyle, Wiltshire, England, astronomer/great architect (St. Paul's Cathedral), (d. 1723)

1854Arthur Rimbaud, Charleville, France, poet/adventurer (Illuminations)

1882Bela Lugosi [Blaskó ], Lugos, Austria-Hungary, actor (Dracula, Plan 9 From Outer Space)

1953Keith Hernandez, San Francisco California, MLB 1st baseman (St Louis Cardinals, NY Mets)

1859John Dewey, philosopher, educational theorist/writer (Learn by doing)

1891Jomo Kenyatta, Gatundu Kenya, Kenyan leader and 1st Premier (1963-78)

1891James Chadwick, English physicist (discovered neutron)

1931Mickey Mantle, NY Yankee, home run slugger (1956 Triple Crown)

1904Tommy Douglas, Falkirk Scotland, Canadian politician ("Father of Medicare")

1971Snoop Dogg [Calvin Broadus], Long Beach, California, rapper (What's My Name, Gin & Juice)

October 20th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on October 20th

1973Canadian actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Marcy Lafferty

1978Journalist Ben Bradlee (57) weds fellow journalist Sally Quinn (37)

1949Constitutional lawyer Phyllis Schlafly (25) weds attorney John Fred Schlafly, Jr.

185323rd US President Benjamin Harrison (20) weds music teacher Caroline Scott (21)

2013Singer Kelly Clarkson (31) weds talent manager Brandon Blackstock at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee

2001Actor Johnathon Schaech (32) weds actress Christina Applegate (29) at the three-acre Cree Estate in Palm Springs, California

October 20th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on October 20th

2006Jane Wyatt, American actress, dies at 96

1871Charles Babbage, English mathematician/inventor (calculator), dies of renal failure at 79

1890Sir Richard Burton, British explorer and writer (b. 1821)

1984Paul Dirac, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 82

2010Bob Guccione, American publisher (Penthouse magazine), dies at 79

1964Herbert Hoover, 31st President of US (1929-33), dies in NY at 90

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