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What Happened On This Day In History?


Friday, October 20th 2017

Today is the 293rd day of 2017.  There are 72 days left in this year.

Notable Events

1740
Maria Theresa became the ruler of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia with the death of her father, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI.
1803
The U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.
1818
The U.S. and Great Britain established the boundary between the U.S. and Canada to be the 49th parallel.
1873
A Hippodrome was opened in New York City by showman Phineus T. (P.T.) Barnum.
1892
The city of Chicago dedicated the World's Columbian Exposition.
1903
A joint commission ruled in favor of the United States in a boundary dispute between the District of Alaska and Canada.
1910
A baseball with a cork center was used in a World Series game for the first time.
1944
The Yugoslav cities of Belgrade and Dubrovnik were liberated during World War II.
1944
During World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur stepped ashore at Leyte in the Philippines, 2 1/2 years after he'd said, ''I shall return.''
1947
The House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence and infiltration within the motion picture industry.
1952
The Mau Mau uprising against white settlers began in Kenya.
1957
Walter Cronkite began hosting "The 20th Century." The show aired until January 4, 1970.
1967
Seven men were convicted in Meridian, Miss., of violating the civil rights of three murdered civil rights workers. Of the men convicted one was a Ku Klux Klan leader and another was a sheriff's deputy.
1968
Former first lady Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.
1973
In the so-called Saturday Night Massacre, President Nixon abolished the office of special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox, accepted the resignation of Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and fired Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus.
1976
More than 70 people were killed when the Norwegian tanker Frosta collided with the ferryboat George Prince on the Mississippi River.
1986
American mercenary Eugene Hasenfus was formally charged by the Nicaraguan government on several charges including terrorism.
1989
The Senate convicted U.S. District Judge Alcee L. Hastings of perjury and conspiracy and removed him from office. The conviction was overturned and Hastings was later elected to the House of Representatives.
1992
In the first World Series game to be played outside the United States, the host Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2.
1993
Attorney General Janet Reno warned the TV industry to limit the violence in their programs.
1995
Britain, France and the U.S. announced a treaty that banned atomic blasts in the South Pacific.
1999
Elizabeth Dole dropped out of the Republican presidential race, abandoning her bid to be America's first woman president.
2000
Egyptian-born Ali Mohamed, a U.S. citizen who'd served in the Army, pleaded guilty in New York to helping plan the deadly U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa in 1998 that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.
2003
A 40-year-old man went over Niagara Falls without safety devices and survived. He was charged with illegally performing a stunt.
2009
European astronomers discover 32 exoplanets.

Notable Deaths

1964
Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, died in New York at age 90.
1977
Three members of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed in the crash of a chartered plane near McComb, Miss.
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