September 20, 2023 at 1:27 p.m.
Today In History
Today In History – September 20
September 20 is the 263rd day of the year
September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 102 days remain until the end of the year.
1058 – Agnes of Poitou and Andrew I of Hungary meet to negotiate about the border territory of Burgenland.
1187 – Saladin begins the Siege of Jerusalem.
1378 – Cardinal Robert of Geneva is elected as Pope Clement VII, beginning the Papal schism.
1519 – Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition which ultimately culminates in the first circumnavigation of the globe.
1860 – The future King Edward VII of the United Kingdom begins the first visit to North America by a Prince of Wales.
1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Chickamauga, in northwestern Georgia, ends in a Confederate victory.
1881 – U.S. President Chester A. Arthur is sworn in upon the death of James A. Garfield the previous day.
1893 – Charles Duryea and his brother road-test the first American-made gasoline-powered automobile.
1946 – The first Cannes Film Festival is held, having been delayed for seven years due to World War II.
1962 – James Meredith, an African American, is temporarily barred from entering the University of Mississippi.
1967 – The Cunard Liner Queen Elizabeth 2 is launched in Clydebank, Scotland.
1971 – Having weakened after making landfall in Nicaragua the previous day, Hurricane Irene regains enough strength to be renamed Hurricane Olivia, making it the first known hurricane to cross from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific.
1973 – Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome.
1973 – Singer Jim Croce, songwriter and musician Maury Muehleisen and four others die when their light aircraft crashes on takeoff at Natchitoches Regional Airport in Louisiana.
2001 – In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "War on Terror".
2003 – Civil unrest in the Maldives breaks out after a prisoner is killed by guards.
2011 – The United States military ends its "don't ask, don't tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.
2017 – Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, resulting in 2,975 deaths, US$90 billion in damage, and a major humanitarian crisis.
2018 – At least 161 people die after a ferry capsizes close to the pier on Ukara Island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania.
2019 – Roughly four million people, mostly students, demonstrate across the world to address climate change. Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg from Sweden leads the demonstration in New York City.
1819 – Frederick Ellsworth Sickels, American inventor (d. 1895)
1820 – John F. Reynolds, American general (d. 1863)
1831 – Kate Harrington, American poet and educator (d. 1917)
1878 – Upton Sinclair, American novelist, critic, and essayist (d. 1968)
1899 – Leo Strauss, German-American political scientist, philosopher, and academic (d. 1973)
1910 – Dorothy Vaughan, American mathematician (d. 2008)
1927 – John Dankworth, English saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer (d. 2010)
1934 – Sophia Loren, Italian actress
1957 – Michael Hurst, New Zealand actor and director
1960 – Deborah Roberts, American journalist
1967 – Gunnar Nelson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1967 – Matthew Nelson, American singer-songwriter and bass player
1983 – Ángel Sánchez, Puerto Rican baseball player
1990 – Phillip Phillips, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1998 – Trevon Diggs, American football player
1501 – Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset, stepson of Edward IV of England (b. 1457)
1815 – Nicolas Desmarest, French geologist and scholar (b. 1725)
1839 – Sir Thomas Hardy, 1st Baronet, English admiral (b. 1769)
1898 – Theodor Fontane, German author and poet (b. 1819)
1906 – Robert R. Hitt, American politician, 13th United States Assistant Secretary of State (b. 1834)
1971 – Giorgos Seferis, Greek poet and diplomat, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1900)
1971 – James Westerfield, American actor (b. 1913)
1973 – Jim Croce, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1943)
2006 – Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor (b. 1932)
2006 – Sven Nykvist, Swedish director, producer, and cinematographer (b. 1922)
2014 – Polly Bergen, American actress and singer (b. 1930)
2015 – Jack Larson, American actor (b. 1928)
2016 – Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (b. 1945)
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