November 20th in History

This day in historyNovember 20 is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 41 days remaining until the end of the year.


I tend not to make fun about someone’s holidays and Lord forgive me if I do… but I just can’t help but giggle sometimes.

Africa Industrialization Day (international)

Black Awareness Day (Brazil)

Christian Feast Day:

Day of National Sovereignty (Argentina)

Earliest day on which the Feast of Christ the King can fall, while November 26 is the latest; celebrated on the last Sunday before Advent. (Roman Catholic Church)

Revolution Day (Mexico)

Teachers’ Day or Ngày nhà giáo Việt Nam (Vietnam)

Universal Children’s Day (International)

Wedding day of Elizabeth II (United Kingdom)


In 270,  Maximinus II, Roman emperor (d. 313) was born. He was also known as Maximinus Daia or Maximinus Daza, was Roman Emperor from 308 to 313. He became embroiled in the Civil wars of the Tetrarchy between rival claimants for control of the empire, in which he was defeated by Licinius. A committed pagan, he engaged in one of the last persecutions of Christians.

In 284,  Diocletian is chosen as Roman Emperor.

In 762,  During An Shi Rebellion, Tang Dynasty, with the help of Huihe tribe, recaptured Luoyang from the rebels.

In 1194,  Palermo is conquered by Emperor Henry VI.

In 1407,  A truce between John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy and Louis of Valois, Duke of Orléans is agreed under the auspices of John, Duke of Berry. Orléans would be assassinated three days later by Burgundy.

In 1441, The Peace of Cremona ends the war between the Republic of Venice and the Duchy of Milan.

In 1695,  Zumbi, the last of the leaders of Quilombo dos Palmares in early Brazil, is executed by the forces of Portuguese bandeirante Domingos Jorge Velho.

In 1739,  Start of the Battle of Porto Bello between British and Spanish forces during the War of Jenkins’ Ear.

In 1776,  American Revolutionary War: British forces land at the Palisades and then attack Fort Lee. The Continental Army starts to retreat across New Jersey.

In 1789,  New Jersey becomes the first U.S. state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

In 1805,  Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, premieres in Vienna.

In 1820,  An 80-ton sperm whale attacks the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts) 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America (Herman Melville‘s 1851 novel Moby-Dick is in part inspired by this story).

In 1845,  Anglo-French blockade of the Río de la Plata: Battle of Vuelta de Obligado.

In 1861,  American Civil War: Secession ordinance is filed by Kentucky‘s Confederate government.

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Kenesaw Mountain Landis

In 1866, Kenesaw Mountain Landis was introduced to the world. He was an American jurist who served as a federal judge from 1905 to 1922 and as the first Commissioner of Baseball from 1920 until his death. He is remembered for his handling of the Black Sox scandal, in which he expelled eight members of the Chicago White Sox from organized baseball for conspiring to lose the 1919 World Series and repeatedly refused their reinstatement requests. His firm actions and iron rule over baseball in the near quarter-century of his commissionership are generally credited with restoring public confidence in the game.

In 1877,  Herbert Pitman was born. He was an English ship officer, survivor of the Sinking of the RMS Titanic (d. 1961)

In 1901, Mine fire in Telluride, Colo., kills 28 miners, prompts union call for safer work conditions

In 1910,  Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero issues the Plan de San Luis Potosi, denouncing Mexican President Porfirio Díaz, calling for a revolution to overthrow the government of Mexico, effectively starting the Mexican Revolution.

In 1917,  World War I: Battle of Cambrai begins – British forces make early progress in an attack on German positions but are later pushed back.

In 1917,  Ukraine is declared a republic.

In 1923,  Rentenmark replaces the Papiermark as the official currency of Germany at the exchange rate of one Rentenmark to One Trillion (One Billion on the long scale) Papiermark.

In 1936,  José Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Falange, is killed by a republican execution squad.

In 1940,  World War II: Hungary becomes a signatory of the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis Powers.

In 1943,  World War II: Battle of Tarawa (Operation Galvanic) begins – United States Marines land on Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands and suffer heavy fire from Japanese shore guns and machine guns.

In 1945,  Nuremberg Trials: Trials against 24 Nazi war criminals start at the Palace of Justice at Nuremberg.

In 1947,  The Princess Elizabeth marries Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, who becomes the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London.

In 1952,  Slánský trials – a series of Stalinist and anti-Semitic show trials in Czechoslovakia.

In 1962,  Cuban missile crisis ends: In response to the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its missiles from Cuba, U.S. President John F. Kennedy ends the quarantine of the Caribbean nation.

In 1968,  A total of 78 miners are killed in an explosion at the Consolidated Coal Company’s No. 9 mine in Farmington, West Virginia

In 1969,  Vietnam War: The Plain Dealer publishes explicit photographs of dead villagers from the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.

In 1969,  Occupation of Alcatraz: Native American activists seize control of Alcatraz Island until being ousted by the U.S. Government on June 11, 1971.

In 1974,  The United States Department of Justice files its final anti-trust suit against AT&T Corporation. This suit later leads to the breakup of AT&T and its Bell System.

In 1977,  Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel, when he meets Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and speaks before the Knesset in Jerusalem, seeking a permanent peace settlement.

In 1979,  Grand Mosque Seizure: About 200 Sunni Muslims revolt in Saudi Arabia at the site of the Kaaba in Mecca during the pilgrimage and take about 6000 hostages. The Saudi government receives help from Pakistani special forces to put down the uprising.

In 1980,  Lake Peigneur drains into an underlying salt deposit. A misplaced Texaco oil probe had been drilled into the Diamond Crystal Salt Mine, causing water to flow down into the mine, eroding the edges of the hole. The resulting whirlpool sucked the drilling platform, several barges, houses and trees thousands of feet down to the bottom of the dissolving salt deposit.

In 1982,  The General Union of Ecuadorian Workers (UGTE) is founded.


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In 1985,  Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released.

In 1989,  Velvet Revolution: The number of protesters assembled in Prague, Czechoslovakia swells from 200,000 the day before to an estimated half-million.

In 1991,  An Azerbaijani MI-8 helicopter carrying 19 peacekeeping mission team with officials and journalists from Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan is shot down by Armenian military forces in Khojavend district of Azerbaijan.

In 1992,  In England, a fire breaks out in Windsor Castle, badly damaging the castle and causing over £50 million worth of damage.

In 1993,  Savings and loan crisis: The United States Senate Ethics Committee issues a stern censure of California senator Alan Cranston for his “dealings” with savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating.

In 1994,  The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign the Lusaka Protocol in Zambia, ending 19 years of civil war (localized fighting resumes the next year).

In 1998,  A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden “a man without a sin” in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

In 1998,  The first module of the International Space Station, Zarya, is launched.

In 2001,  In Washington, D.C., U.S. President George W. Bush dedicates the United States Department of Justice headquarters building as the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, honoring the late Robert F. Kennedy on what would have been his 76th birthday.

In 2003,  After the November 15 bombings, a second day of the 2003 Istanbul Bombings occurs in Istanbul, Turkey, destroying the Turkish head office of HSBC Bank AS and the British consulate.

In 2008,  After critical failures in the US financial system began to build up after mid-September, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level since 1997.

In 2015,  Following a hostage siege, at least 19 people are killed in Bamako, Mali

In 2017,  The Georgia Dome in Atlanta is imploded.

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