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Notable Historical Events for October 20th

1963South Africa begins trial of Nelson Mandela & 8 others on conspiracy

1833Charles Darwin reaches river mouth of Parana

1934All-Star team led by Babe Ruth & Connie Mack sails to Hawaii & Japan

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

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

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

1634English King Charles I disbands new "Ship Money" tax

1979Bob Dylan appears on Saturday Night Live

1944US forces under Gen Douglas MacArthur return to Philippines

1714Georg Ludwig von Hannover crowned as English King George I

October 20th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on October 20th

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

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

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

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

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

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

1891James Chadwick, English physicist (discovered neutron)

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

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

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

October 20th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on October 20th

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 20th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on October 20th

2006Jane Wyatt, American actress, dies at 96

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

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

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

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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