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Notable Historical Events for October 20th

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

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

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

1973Queen Elizabeth II opens Sydney Opera House

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.

1963Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Hillside Golf Open

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

1979Bob Dylan appears on Saturday Night Live

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

1877Franz Schubert's 2nd Symphony in B, premieres

October 20th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on October 20th

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

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

1891James Chadwick, English physicist (discovered neutron)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 20th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on October 20th

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 20th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on October 20th

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

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

2006Jane Wyatt, American actress, dies at 96

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

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

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

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