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    What happened on November 20

    • November 20, 0284 Diocletian was chosen as Roman Emperor.

    • November 20, 0762 "Bg, Khan of the Uyghurs, conquers Lo-Yang, capital of the Chinese Empire."

    • November 20, 1194 Palermo is conquered by Emperor Henry VI.

    • November 20, 1272 Edward I proclaimed King of England

    • November 20, 1407 "A solemn truce between John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy and Louis of Valois, Duke of Orlans is agreed under the auspices of John, Duke of Berry. Orlans would be assassinated three days later by Burgundy."

    • November 20, 1490 Joanot Martorell's book Tirant lo Blanc is published for the first time.

    • November 20, 1637 Peter Minuit and1st Swedish immigrants to Delaware sail from Sweden

    • November 20, 1695 "Zumbi, the last of the leaders of Quilombo dos Palmares in early Brazil, is executed."

    • November 20, 1700 "King Charles XII of Sweden aged 17, defeats the army of Czar Peter the Great in the battle of Narva"

    • November 20, 1804 "Alexander I reissues manifesto of Catherine II, with some modifications, inviting foreigners to settle in New Russia."

    • November 20, 1805 "The opera ""Fidelio"" is produced (Vienna)"

    • November 20, 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 was in part inspired by this story)."

    • November 20, 1856 "CDR Andrew H. Foote lands at Canton, China, with 287 Sailors and Marines to stop attacks by Chinese on U.S. military and civilians."

    • November 20, 1861 Secession ordinance is filed by Kentucky's Confederate government.

    • November 20, 1862 "Confederate army of Tennessee, organizes under Gen Braxton Bragg"

    • November 20, 1866 "Howard University founded (Wash, DC)"

    • November 20, 1866 Pierre Lalemont patents rotary crank bicycle

    • November 20, 1888 William Bundy patents the timecard clock

    • November 20, 1900 "American cartoonist Chester Gould, creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip, is born"

    • November 20, 1901 "The opera ""Gris‚lidis"" is produced (Paris)"

    • November 20, 1902 Henri Desgrange and fellow journalist Go Lefvre dream up the idea of the Tour de France over lunch at the Caf de Madrid in Paris.

    • November 20, 1910 "Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero issues the Plan de San Luis Potosi, denouncing President Porfirio Daz, declaring himself president, and calling for a revolution to overthrow the government of Mexico, effectively starting the Mexican Revolution."

    • November 20, 1910 "Revolution broke out in Mexico, led by Francisco I Madero"

    • November 20, 1914 US State Department starts requiring photographs for passports

    • November 20, 1917 "Lt. Harcus Strahan (The Fort Garry Horse - Cdn.) wins the Victoria Cross at Masnières, France"

    • November 20, 1917 Ukraine is declared a republic.

    • November 20, 1917 Ukrainian Republic declared

    • November 20, 1917 "USS Kanawha, Noma and Wakiva sink German sub off France."

    • November 20, 1918 By order in Council P.C. 2854 the management of the Canadian Government Railways is entrusted to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Northern Railway Co. On the same day the Government takes over the Canadian Northern Railway and appoints a new Board of Directors.

    • November 20, 1919 "First municipally owned airport in US opens in Tucson, Az"

    • November 20, 1923 Rentenmark replaces the Papiermark as the official currency of Germany at the exchange rate of one Rentenmark to One Trillion Papiermark

    • November 20, 1925 American politician Robert F. Kennedy is born

    • November 20, 1925 "Queen Alexandra, widow of King Edward VII and mother of King George V dies in England"

    • November 20, 1931 Commercial teletype service begins

    • November 20, 1933 "Navy crew (LCDR Thomas G. W. Settle, USN, and MAJ Chester I. Fordney, USMC) sets a world altitude record in balloon (62,237 ft.) in flight into stratosphere."

    • November 20, 1936 "Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Falange is killed by a republican execution squad."

    • November 20, 1936 "Levee of pond failure at Mitsubishi Osarizawa mine, Kazuno, northeastern Akita, Japan, killing at least 362."

    • November 20, 1938 Documented anti-Semitic remarks are heard over US radio (by Father Coughlin)

    • November 20, 1940 "Hungary, Rumania, and Slovakia join Axis."

    • November 20, 1940 "World War II: Hungary, Romania and Slovakia join the Axis Powers."

    • November 20, 1942 "Operation Galvanic, under command of Vice Admiral Raymond Spruance, lands Navy, Marine, and Army forces on Tarawa and Makin."

    • November 20, 1943 US forces land on Tarawa and Makin Atoll in the Gilbert Island

    • November 20, 1945 "24 Nazi leaders put on trial at Nuremberg, Germany"

    • November 20, 1945 Nuremberg Trials: Trials against 24 Nazi war criminals start at the Nuremberg Palace of Justice.

    • November 20, 1945 The International Military Tribunal begins trying German war criminals at Nuremberg

    • November 20, 1947 """Meet the Press"" makes network TV debut on NBC"

    • November 20, 1947 The first permanent TV installed on seagoing vessel (The New Jersey)

    • November 20, 1947 The Princess Elizabeth marries Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey in London.

    • November 20, 1947 UN General assembly begins debate on printing their own stamps

    • November 20, 1950 In the Korean war advancing allied troops reach the Manchurian Chinese border

    • November 20, 1952 Slnsk trials a series of Stalinist and anti-Semitic show trials in Czechoslovakia.

    • November 20, 1953 "Scott Crossfield in Douglas Skyrocket, first to break Mach 2 (1300 MPH)"

    • November 20, 1955 "Bo Diddley becomes the first African American performer to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. Apparently Ed Sullivan was infuriated when Diddley sang his self-titled song instead of Tennessee Ernie Ford's hit, ""Sixteen Tons""."

    • November 20, 1957 "Newly appointed Secretary of Defense Neil McElroy, while testifing before Congress said that he would set up an agency to manage all defense research. Despite objections by some of the military, the research agency, known as ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) was created in early 1958. ARPA developed ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet, in 1969."

    • November 20, 1959 The all-new 105E Anglia was introduced in the United States--the first British Ford to be marketed to Americans on a large scale

    • November 20, 1959 UN adopts the declaration of children's rights

    • November 20, 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."

    • November 20, 1968 "Vietnam War: Eleven men comprising a Long Range Patrol team from F Company, 58th Infantry, 101st Airborne are surrounded and nearly wiped out by North Vietnamese army regulars from the 4th and 5th Regiment. The seven wounded survivors are rescued after several hours by an impromptu force made of other men from their unit."

    • November 20, 1969 Vietnam War: The Cleveland Plain Dealer publishes explicit photographs of dead villagers from the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.

    • November 20, 1975 "Francisco Franco, Caudillo of Spain dies after 36 years in power. He died on the 39th anniversary of the death of Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera."

    • November 20, 1976 George Harrison appears on Saturday Night Live

    • November 20, 1978 "A satellite system for transmitting newspaper content was dedicated on this day in 1978. The system transmitted The Wall Street Journal from where it was typeset in Massachusetts to Orlando, Florida, at a rate of 3.5 minutes per page."

    • November 20, 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 in the Kaaba. The Saudi government received help from French special forces to put down the uprising.

    • November 20, 1980 Steve Ptacek in Solar Challenger makes first solar-powered flight

    • November 20, 1980 "UA withdraws $44 million movie ""Heaven's Gate"" for reediting"

    • November 20, 1981 "Anatoly Karpov, USSR retains world chess championship"

    • November 20, 1981 "Ringo releases ""Stop and Smell the Roses"" album"

    • November 20, 1983 "100 million watch ABC-TV movie ""The Day After,"" about nuclear war"

    • November 20, 1983 "An estimated 100 million people watch the controversial made-for-television movie The Day After, depicting a nuclear war and its effects on the United States."

    • November 20, 1984 SETI is founded.

    • November 20, 1985 Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released.

    • November 20, 1986 UN's WHO announces first global effort to combat AIDS

    • November 20, 1989 "Velvet Revolution: The number of protesters assembled in Prague, Czechoslovakia swells from 200,000 the day before to an estimated half-million."

    • November 20, 1990 Chief Justice Bertha Wilson (Supreme Court of Cda.) announces her retirement after 9 years

    • November 20, 1990 "Layne Halls of Silver Creek, New York, died at the age of 105, according to his death certificate. Halls had the distinction of being the oldest licensed driver in the United States at the time"

    • November 20, 1990 Thatcher fails to defeat Heseltine's bid for party leadership

    • November 20, 1992 "In England, a fire breaks out in the Private Chapel of Windsor Castle, rages for 15 hours, and seriously damages the northwest side of the building (an investigation found that the fire was ignited after a spotlight came into contact with a curtain over an extended period)."

    • November 20, 1993 "An Avioimpex Yak 42D crashes near Ohrid, Macedonia. The aircraft was on a flight from Geneva, Switzerland to Skopje, but had been diverted to Ohrid due to poor weather conditions at the Skopje airport. On landing the aircraft crashed into Mount Trojani near Ohrid. All eight crew members and 115 of the 116 passengers were killed."

    • November 20, 1993 "Savings and Loan scandal: 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."

    • November 20, 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."

    • November 20, 1998 "Okanagan Valley Railway commences operation over the former CP line between Sicamous and Kelowna, BC (including running rights over the CN between Vernon and Kelowna). The formal handing over ceremony took place on January 15, 1999."

    • November 20, 1998 "The first module of the International Space Station, Zarya, is launched."

    • November 20, 2000 A 17 year old student is stabbed and dies at a Calgary High School

    • November 20, 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."

    • November 20, 2009 "200 European football matches are under investigation in a match-fixing inquiry, at least three from the UEFA Champions League and 12 from the UEFA Europa League as Europe's biggest ever match-fixing scandal is revealed."

    • November 20, 2009 "35 people are injured and fire bombs are thrown after Egyptian riot police clash with protesters at a demonstration outside the Algerian embassy in Cairo, following Egypt's defeat in a World Cup qualifying playoff match."

    • November 20, 2009 "At least 100 people are killed and around 50,000 displaced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with some fleeing to the Republic of the Congo, in an ethnic conflict over fishing rights."

    • November 20, 2009 "At least five people are killed, including the gunman, and a further eight injured in a shooting in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands."

    • November 20, 2009 "Brenda, a transsexual named in a sex scandal involving former Lazio governor Piero Marrazzo, is found burned alive following a fire at her Rome flat."

    • November 20, 2009 Colombia accuses Venezuelan troops of blowing up two border bridges between the two countries. (Colombia Reports)

    • November 20, 2009 "Cumbria, England: A high volume of people, including one policeman, are declared missing, more than 200 people are rescued in Cockermouth and a bridge collapses in Workington during floods. The body of a policeman is later recovered."

    • November 20, 2009 "FIFA turns down the Football Association of Ireland's request for a rematch between France and Republic of Ireland, after a controversial handball decided the 2009 FIFA World Cup qualification playoff between the two countries."

    • November 20, 2009 Floods in Great Britain and Ireland:

    • November 20, 2009 "MS Oasis of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, is officially unveiled at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, live on an American morning television show."

    • November 20, 2009 "Officials from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China and the United States express ""regret"" at Iran's refusal to accept nuclear proposals."

    • November 20, 2009 "Somalia announces it is to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, leaving the United States the only country not to ratify it."

    • November 20, 2009 The Iraq Football Association is suspended by FIFA following government interference.

    • November 20, 2009 "The Irish Defence Forces are deployed to assist civil authorities after widespread flooding hits the west and south of Ireland after the heaviest rainfall in over thirty years falls in one night. The worst affected areas are Cork and Galway, where there is widespread disruption to public transport and services and several major roads are closed. Lectures at University College Cork are cancelled as the university is submerged."

    • November 20, 2009 "The Large Hadron Collider, the largest atom collider in the world, is restarted after a fourteen-month delay for repairs."

    • November 20, 2009 The United States Senate clears Senator Roland Burris of legal wrongdoing in relation to his appointment to the Senate.

    • November 20, 2009 Three political parties file a motion of no confidence against French Polynesian President Oscar Temaru.

    • November 20, 2009 Two fingers and a tooth belonging to astronomer Galileo Galilei are located more than 100 years after their disappearance.







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