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20 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?


20 November: In a year, the 20th of November is the 324th day as per the Georgian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 325th day of the year.

What special day is today? This day has its distinctiveness and importance in history.

Let’s explore people who have carved a niche for themselves on 20th November. We may also need to scan through the events that happened today.

20 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 20 November

Art & Artists

    • 1805Premiere of “rescue opera” Fidelio in Vienna. It was Beethoven’s only opera.
    • 1900  Sarah Bernhardt (French actress) addresses the press in New York (at the Savoy Hotel).

Science & Technology

    • 1866 The rotary crank cycle was patented by Pierre Lallement, a noted inventor from France.
    • 1985  Release of Microsoft Windows 1.0 by Microsoft. It was the world’s first graphical PC operating environment.

Leaders & Politics

    • 1910 Mexican Revolution was launched by Mexican businessman, writer, revolutionary, and politician Francisco Madero. His revolt failed but felled the Mexican Revolution. Later, he became the president of Mexico.
    • 1998 The accused terrorist Osama bin Laden (the U.S. embassy bombings) was declared “a man without a sin” by a court in (Taliban-controlled) Afghanistan.

People & Society

    • 1989 Approximately 500,000 people participated in the Velvet Revolution, an anti-communist demonstration in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
    • 1990  Notorious Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo was arrested. He admitted to 56 killings.

Disasters: Natural & Man-made

    • 1968 In a coal mine explosion 78 miners were killed in West Virginia, the USA.
    • 1974 The crash of Lufthansa Flight 540 flight took 59 lives when it was taking off from an airport (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) in Nairobi, Kenya. It was the first deadly crash of a Boeing 747.

Discoveries & Explorations

    • 1997 Discovery of the partial skull of a human ancestor (around 3.8 million years old) by Yohannes Haile-Selassie.
    • 1998Launch of Zarya, the world’s first space station module component for the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome located in Kazakhstan.

Leisure & Sports

    • 1902Creation of the world-famous cycle race “Tour De France” by Henri Desgrange and Geo Lefevre.
    • 1981Russian chess grandmaster Anatoly Karpov retained the title of the world chess championship.

Birth Anniversaries (20 November)

    • 1858 Selma Lagerlöf (Swedish author)
    • 1939 Jerry Colangelo (Businessman from America)
    • 1942 Joe Biden (the 46th U.S. President)
    • 1953 Greg Gibson (American wrestler)
    • 1956 Bo Derek (American actress & producer)
    • 1962 Rajkumar Hirani (Indian director)

Death Anniversaries (20 November)

    • 1910 Leo Tolstoy (Russian author)
    • 1975 Francisco Franco (Spanish ruler)
    • 1984 Faiz Ahmad Faiz (Pakistani poet and journalist)
    • 1989 Lynn Bari (American actress)
    • 2000 Mike Muuss (Computer programmer from America and the creator of Ping)

What Special Day is Today: (20 November)

    • National Sovereignty Day (Argentina)
    • Revolution Day (Mexico)
    • Royal Thai Navy Day (Thailand)
    • Teachers’ Day (Vietnam)
    • Transgender Day of Remembrance (LGBT community)


The factual story of the day (20 November) covers the entire globe and a lot of well-known personalities.

The day has remained a silent observer of what happened on this day in history.

Providing our readers with authentic facts and figures, for each day, is what boosts us here.

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