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What happened on June 20? There are more than 281 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About June 20

June 20 In HistoryJune 20 is the 171st day of the year 2017. There are 194 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday. This day falls under the 25th week of the year 2017.

On this day in Walnut Bottom, Pennsylvania 17266 sunrise occured at 10:40 AM and sunset occured at 01:42 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Gemini. The modern birthstone for this month is Pearl while the mystical birthstone is Moonstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 244 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 19, 2018).

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June 20: A Day In History

On leap years, this day usually marks the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere.

Historical Events For June 20

  • 451
    Battle of Chalons: Flavius Aetius’ battles Attila the Hun. After the battle, which was inconclusive, Attila retreats, causing the Romans to interpret it as a victory.
  • 1214
    The University of Oxford receives its charter.
  • 1605
    After only three months as tsar, 16-year-old Feodor II of Russia is assassinated.
  • 1631
    The sack of Baltimore: the Irish village of Baltimore is attacked by Algerian pirates.
  • 1652
    Tarhoncu Ahmet Paşa is appointed grand vezir of the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1685
    Monmouth Rebellion: James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth declares himself King of England at Bridgwater.
  • 1756
    A British garrison is imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta.
  • 1782
    The U.S. Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States.
  • 1787
    Oliver Ellsworth moves at the Federal Convention to call the government the United States.
  • 1789
    Deputies of the French Third Estate take the Tennis Court Oath.
  • 1819
    The U.S. vessel SS Savannah arrives at Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. She is the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic, although most of the journey is made under sail.
  • 1837
    Queen Victoria succeeds to the British throne.
  • 1840
    Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph.
  • 1862
    Barbu Catargiu, the Prime Minister of Romania, is assassinated.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: West Virginia is admitted as the 35th U.S. state.
  • 1877
    Alexander Graham Bell installs the world’s first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • 1887
    Victoria Terminus, the busiest railway station in India, opens in Bombay.
  • 1893
    Lizzie Borden is acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother.
  • 1895
    The Kiel Canal, crossing the base of the Jutland peninsula and the busiest artificial waterway in the world, is officially opened.
  • 1900
    Boxer Rebellion: The Imperial Chinese Army begins a 55-day siege of the Legation Quarter in Beijing, China.
  • 1919
    150 die at the Teatro Yaguez fire, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
  • 1921
    Workers of Buckingham and Carnatic Mills in the city of Chennai, India, begin a four-month strike.
  • 1942
    The Holocaust: Kazimierz Piechowski and three others, dressed as members of the SS-Totenkopfverbände, steal an SS staff car and escape from the Auschwitz concentration camp.
  • 1943
    The Detroit Race Riot breaks out and continues for three more days.
  • 1944
    Continuation war: the Soviet Union demands an unconditional surrender from Finland during the beginning of partially successful Vyborg–Petrozavodsk Offensive. The Finnish government refuses.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Battle of the Philippine Sea concludes with a decisive U.S. naval victory. The lopsided naval air battle is also known as the “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot”.
  • 1948
    Toast of the Town, later The Ed Sullivan Show, makes its television debut.
  • 1956
    A Venezuelan Super-Constellation crashes in the Atlantic Ocean off Asbury Park, New Jersey, killing 74 people.
  • 1959
    A rare June hurricane strikes Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence killing 35.
  • 1960
    The Mali Federation gains independence from France (it later splits into Mali and Senegal).
  • 1963
    The so-called “red telephone” is established between the Soviet Union and the United States following the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • 1972
    Watergate scandal: An 18½-minute gap appears in the tape recording of the conversations between U.S. President Richard Nixon and his advisers regarding the recent arrests of his operatives while breaking into the Watergate complex.
  • 1973
    Ezeiza massacre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Snipers fire upon left-wing Peronists. At least 13 are killed and more than 300 are injured.
  • 1979
    ABC News correspondent Bill Stewart is shot dead by a Nicaraguan soldier under the regime of Anastasio Somoza Debayle. The murder is caught on tape and sparks an international outcry against the regime.
  • 1982
    The Argentine base (Corbeta Uruguay) on Southern Thule surrenders to Royal Marine commandos in the final action of the Falklands War.
  • 1990
    Asteroid Eureka is discovered.
  • 1991
    The German Bundestag votes to move the capital from Bonn back to Berlin.
  • 2003
    The WikiMedia Foundation is founded in St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • 2009
    During the Iranian election protests, the death of Neda Agha-Soltan is captured on video and spreads virally on the Internet, making it “probably the most widely witnessed death in human history”.

Who Were Born On June 20?

  • 1005
    Ali az-Zahir, caliph (d. 1036)
  • 1389
    John, Duke of Bedford, regent of England (d. 1435)
  • 1469
    Gian Galeazzo Sforza, duke of Milan (d. 1494)
  • 1485
    Astorre III Manfredi, lord of Faenza (d. 1502)
  • 1566
    King Sigismund III Vasa of Poland (d. 1632)
  • 1583
    Jacob De la Gardie, Swedish soldier and statesman (d. 1652)
  • 1634
    Charles Emmanuel II of Savoy (d. 1675)
  • 1642
    George Hickes, English minister and scholar (d. 1715)
  • 1647
    John George III, Elector of Saxony (d. 1691)
  • 1699
    William Gustav of Anhalt-Dessau (d. 1737)
  • 1717
    Jacques Saly, French sculptor (d. 1776)
  • 1723
    Adam Ferguson, Scottish philosopher and historian (d. 1816)
  • 1723
    Theophilus Lindsey, English theologian (d. 1808)
  • 1733
    Betty Washington, sister of George Washington (d. 1797)
  • 1737
    Tokugawa Ieharu, Japanese Shogun (d. 1786)
  • 1754
    Landgravine Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt (d. 1832)
  • 1756
    Joseph Martin Kraus, Swedish composer (d. 1792)
  • 1761
    Jacob Hübner, German entomologist (d. 1826)
  • 1763
    Wolfe Tone, Irish patriot (d. 1798)
  • 1770
    Moses Waddel, American educator/minister and bestselling author (d. 1840)
  • 1771
    Hermann von Boyen, German army officer (d. 1848)
  • 1771
    Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, Scottish philanthropist (d. 1820)
  • 1778
    Jean Baptiste Gay, vicomte de Martignac, French politician (d. 1832)
  • 1786
    Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, French poet (d. 1859)
  • 1796
    Luigi Amat di San Filippo e Sorso, Italian cardinal (d. 1878)
  • 1808
    Samson Raphael Hirsch, German rabbi (d. 1888)
  • 1813
    Joseph Autran, French poet (d. 1877)
  • 1819
    Jacques Offenbach, German-born French composer (d. 1880)
  • 1855
    Sir Richard Lodge, English historian (d. 1936)
  • 1858
    Charles W. Chesnutt, American writer (d. 1932)
  • 1860
    Jack Worrall, Australian cricketer, footballer, and coach (d. 1937)
  • 1861
    Frederick Gowland Hopkins, English biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (d. 1947)
  • 1862
    Marco Praga, Italian playwright (d. 1929)
  • 1870
    Georges Dufrénoy, French post-impressionnist painter (d. 1943)
  • 1872
    George Carpenter, the 5th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1948)
  • 1875
    Reginald Punnett, British geneticist (d. 1967)
  • 1884
    Johannes Heinrich Schultz, German psychiatrist, psychotherapist (d. 1970)
  • 1885
    Andrzej Gawroński, Polish scholar (d. 1927)
  • 1887
    Kurt Schwitters, German painter and writer (d. 1948)
  • 1889
    John S. Paraskevopoulos, Greek-South African astronomer (d. 1951)
  • 1891
    Giannina Arangi-Lombardi, Italian soprano (d. 1951)
  • 1891
    John A. Costello, second Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland (d. 1976)
  • 1893
    Wilhelm Zaisser, German politician (d. 1958)
  • 1894
    Lloyd Hall, American chemist (d. 1971)
  • 1896
    Wilfrid Pelletier, Canadian conductor (d. 1982)
  • 1897
    Elisabeth Hauptmann, German writer (d. 1973)
  • 1899
    Jean Moulin, French Resistance leader (d. 1943)
  • 1905
    Lillian Hellman, American playwright (d. 1984)
  • 1907
    Jimmy Driftwood, American songwriter and musician (d. 1998)
  • 1908
    Billy Werber, American baseball player (d. 2009)
  • 1909
    Errol Flynn, Australian actor (d. 1959)
  • 1911
    Gail Patrick, American actress (d. 1980)
  • 1912
    Anthony Buckeridge, English author (d. 2004)
  • 1915
    Dick Reynolds, Australian rules footballer and coach (d. 2002)
  • 1915
    Terence Young, British film director (d. 1994)
  • 1916
    Jean-Jacques Bertrand, premier of Quebec (d. 1973)
  • 1916
    Johnny Morris, British children’s presenter (d. 1999)
  • 1917
    Igor Śmiałowski, Polish actor (d. 2006)
  • 1918
    George Lynch, American auto racer (d. 1997)
  • 1918
    Zoltán Sztáray, Hungarian writer
  • 1920
    Hans Gerschwiler, Swiss figure skater
  • 1921
    Byron Farwell, American military historian (d. 1999)
  • 1923
    Bjørn Watt-Boolsen, Danish actor (d. 1998)
  • 1924
    Audie Murphy, American Medal of Honor recipient and actor (d. 1971)
  • 1924
    Chet Atkins, American guitar player and producer (d. 2001)
  • 1924
    Fritz Koenig, German sculptor
  • 1926
    Rehavam Ze'evi, Israeli general, politician, and historian who was assassinated (d. 2001)
  • 1928
    Eric Dolphy, American jazz musician (d. 1964)
  • 1928
    Jean-Marie Le Pen, French politician
  • 1928
    Martin Landau, American actor
  • 1929
    Anne Weale, British writer (d. 2007)
  • 1930
    Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish artist
  • 1930
    Paul Pender, American boxer (d. 2003)
  • 1931
    James Tolkan, American actor
  • 1931
    Olympia Dukakis, American actress
  • 1932
    Robert Rozhdestvensky, Russian poet (d. 1994)
  • 1933
    Danny Aiello, American actor
  • 1934
    Rossana Podestà, Italian actress
  • 1934
    Wendy Craig, English actress
  • 1934
    Yuri Vizbor, Russian poet (d. 1984)
  • 1935
    Len Dawson, American football player
  • 1935
    Neal Knox, American gun rights activist (d. 2005)
  • 1936
    Billy Guy, American singer (The Coasters) (d. 2002)
  • 1937
    Jerry Keller, American pop singer and songwriter
  • 1938
    Mickie Most, British record producer (d. 2003)
  • 1939
    Ramakant Desai, Indian cricketer (d. 1998)
  • 1940
    Eugen Drewermann, German theologian
  • 1940
    John Mahoney, English actor
  • 1941
    Stephen Frears, English film director
  • 1941
    Ulf Merbold, German physicist and astronaut
  • 1942
    Brian Wilson, American musician (The Beach Boys)
  • 1942
    Richard I. Neal, American general
  • 1944
    Cheryl Holdridge, American actress (d. 2009)
  • 1944
    David Roper, English actor
  • 1945
    Anne Murray, Canadian singer
  • 1946
    Andre Watts, American pianist
  • 1946
    Bob Vila, American television host
  • 1946
    Lars Vilks, Swedish artist
  • 1946
    Xanana Gusmão, President of East Timor
  • 1947
    Candy Clark, American actress
  • 1947
    Dolores Brooks, American singer (the Crystals)
  • 1947
    Ivo Milazzo, Italian comic book artist
  • 1947
    Josef Clemens, German bishop and Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity
  • 1948
    Ludwig Scotty, President of Nauru
  • 1949
    Alan Longmuir, Scottish bass guitarist (Bay City Rollers)
  • 1949
    Lionel Richie, American musician (The Commodores)
  • 1950
    Nouri Al-Maliki, Prime Minister of Iraq
  • 1951
    Bill Simon, American businessman and politician
  • 1951
    Paul Muldoon, Northern Irish poet
  • 1951
    Tress MacNeille, American voice actress
  • 1952
    John Goodman, American actor
  • 1952
    Larry Riley, American actor (d. 1992)
  • 1952
    Vikram Seth, Indian poet
  • 1952
    Vince Gotera, American poet
  • 1953
    Raúl Ramírez, Mexican tennis player
  • 1953
    Robert Crais, American mystery writer
  • 1953
    Ulrich Mühe, German actor (d. 2007)
  • 1953
    Willy Rampf, German F1 technical director (BMW, Sauber)
  • 1954
    Allan Lamb, South African born English cricketer
  • 1954
    Ilan Ramon, Israeli combat pilot and astronaut (d. 2003)
  • 1954
    Michael Anthony, American musician (Van Halen)
  • 1954
    Miles O'Keeffe, American actor
  • 1956
    Peter Reid, English former footballer
  • 1957
    Koko B. Ware, American professional wrestler
  • 1958
    Chuck Wagner, American actor
  • 1958
    Ron Hornaday, American racecar driver
  • 1960
    John Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran)
  • 1963
    Amir Derakh, American musician (Orgy)
  • 1963
    Don West, American professional wrestling announcer
  • 1964
    Pierfrancesco Chili, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1964
    Silke Möller, German track and field athlete
  • 1967
    Nicole Kidman, American/Australian actress
  • 1968
    Robert Rodriguez, American film director
  • 1969
    MaliVai Washington, American tennis player
  • 1969
    Misha Verbitsky, Russian mathematician
  • 1969
    Peter Paige, American actor
  • 1970
    Andrea Nahles, German politician
  • 1970
    Bruce Woodcock, American computer games analyst
  • 1970
    Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco
  • 1971
    Jeordie White, American musician (Marilyn Manson)
  • 1971
    Josh Kronfeld, New Zealander rugby union footballer
  • 1971
    Josh Lucas, American actor
  • 1971
    Rodney Rogers, American basketball player
  • 1972
    Alexis Alexoudis, Greek footballer
  • 1972
    Paul Bako, American baseball player
  • 1973
    Chino Moreno, American musician (Deftones)
  • 1974
    Attila Czene, Hungarian swimmer
  • 1974
    Tuta, Brazilian footballer
  • 1975
    Daniel Zítka, Czech footballer
  • 1976
    Carlos Lee, Panamanian baseball player
  • 1976
    Jerome Fontamillas, American musician (Switchfoot)
  • 1976
    Juliano Belletti, Brazilian footballer
  • 1976
    Rob Mackowiak, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Gordan Giriček, Croatian basketball player
  • 1978
    Bobby Seay, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Frank Lampard, English footballer
  • 1978
    Jan-Paul Saeijs, Dutch footballer
  • 1978
    LaVar Arrington, American football player
  • 1978
    Quinton Jackson, American mixed martial artist
  • 1979
    Cael Sanderson, American olympic freestyle wrestler
  • 1979
    Charles Howell III, American professional golfer
  • 1979
    Charlotte Hatherley, English guitarist (Ash)
  • 1980
    Carlo Festuccia, Italian rugby union footballer
  • 1980
    Fabian Wegmann, German road racing cyclist
  • 1980
    Franco Semioli, Italian footballer
  • 1980
    Tony Lovato, American singer and guitarist (Mest)
  • 1981
    Angerfist, Dutch musician
  • 1981
    Ardian Gashi, Albanian-Norwegian footballer
  • 1982
    Aleksei Berezutski, Russian footballer
  • 1982
    April Ross, American professional beach volleyball player
  • 1982
    Example (rapper), British rapper
  • 1982
    George Forsyth, Peruvian footballer
  • 1982
    Vasili Berezutski, Russian footballer
  • 1983
    Cherrie Ying, Hong Kong actress
  • 1983
    Darren Sproles, American football player
  • 1983
    Josh Childress, American basketball player
  • 1984
    Dennis Malura, German footballer
  • 1984
    Hassan Adams, American basketball player
  • 1984
    Neetu Chandra, Indian actress
  • 1985
    Darko Miličić, Serbian basketball player
  • 1985
    Halil Savran, German footballer
  • 1985
    Matt Flynn, American football player
  • 1985
    Souleymane Mamam, Togolese footballer
  • 1986
    Dreama Walker, American Actress
  • 1987
    Carsten Ball, Australian tennis player
  • 1988
    Shefali Chowdhury, Welsh actress
  • 1989
    Christopher Mintz-Plasse, American actor
  • 1989
    Javier Pastore, Argentine footballer
  • 1989
    Terrelle Pryor, American football player
  • 1991
    Rick ten Voorde, Dutch soccer player
  • 1997
    Maria Lark, Russian/American actress

Who Died On June 20?

  • 451
    Theodorid, King of the Visigoths
  • 840
    Louis the Pious, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (b. 778)
  • 885
    Bernard Plantapilosa, Count of Auvergne (b. 841)
  • 1176
    Mikhail of Vladimir, Russian prince
  • 1597
    Willem Barentsz, Dutch navigator (b. 1550)
  • 1605
    Feodor II of Russia, tsar of Russia (b. 1589)
  • 1668
    Heinrich Roth, German Sanskrit scholar (b. 1620)
  • 1776
    Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer (b. 1704)
  • 1787
    Carl Friedrich Abel, German composer (b. 1723)
  • 1800
    Abraham Gotthelf Kästner, German mathematician (b. 1719)
  • 1810
    Count Axel von Fersen the Younger, Swedish statesman (b. 1755)
  • 1820
    Manuel Belgrano, Argentine lawyer and politician (b. 1770)
  • 1837
    William IV of the United Kingdom (b. 1765)
  • 1840
    Pierre Claude François Daunou, French statesman and historian (b. 1761)
  • 1847
    Juan Larrea, Argentine economist (b. 1782)
  • 1869
    Hijikata Toshizō, Shinsengumi vice-commander (b. 1835)
  • 1870
    Jules de Goncourt, French writer (b. 1830)
  • 1872
    Elie Frédéric Forey, French general (b. 1804)
  • 1875
    Joseph Meek, American mountain man (b. 1810)
  • 1888
    Johannes Zukertort, German-Polish-Jewish chess master (b. 1842)
  • 1906
    John Clayton Adams, British landscape artist (b. 1840)
  • 1925
    Josef Breuer, Austrian psychologist (b. 1842)
  • 1929
    Emmanuel Benakis, Greek merchant and politician (b. 1843)
  • 1945
    Bruno Frank, German author (b. 1878)
  • 1945
    Luís Fernando de Orleans y Borbón, Spanish prince (b. 1888)
  • 1947
    Bugsy Siegel, American crime figure (b. 1906)
  • 1952
    Luigi Fagioli, Italian race car driver (b. 1898)
  • 1958
    Kurt Alder, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1963
    Raphaël Salem, Greek mathematician (b. 1898)
  • 1965
    Bernard Baruch, American presidential advisor and financier (b. 1870)
  • 1966
    Georges Lemaître, Belgian catholic priest and astronomer, originator of the Big Bang theory (b. 1894)
  • 1972
    Howard Johnson, American businessman, originator of restaurant chain (b. 1897)
  • 1974
    Horace Lindrum, Australian snooker and billiards player (b. 1912)
  • 1976
    Lou Klein, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • 1978
    Mark Robson, Canadian film director and producer (b. 1913)
  • 1984
    Estelle Winwood, English actress (b. 1883)
  • 1995
    Emil Cioran, Romanian-born French philosopher (b. 1911)
  • 1996
    Jim Ellison, singer/guitarist for (Material Issue) (b. 1964)
  • 1997
    Lawrence Payton, American singer (The Four Tops) (b. 1938)
  • 1998
    Conrad Schumann, East German border guard (b. 1942)
  • 1999
    Clifton Fadiman, American author (b. 1902)
  • 2002
    Erwin Chargaff, Austrian biochemist (b. 1905)
  • 2002
    Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (b. 1916)
  • 2003
    Bob Stump, American politician (b. 1927)
  • 2005
    Jack Kilby, American electrical engineer, Nobel laureate (b. 1923)
  • 2005
    Larry Collins, American writer (b. 1929)
  • 2006
    Billy Johnson, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • 2007
    Trevor Henry, New Zealand justice (b. 1902)
  • 2009
    Neda Agha-Soltan, Iranian student (b. 1982)
  • 2010
    Harry Blackmore Whittington, British palaeontologist (b. 1916)
  • 2010
    Roberto Rosato, Italian footballer (b. 1943)
  • 2011
    Ryan Dunn, American actor (b. 1977)


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