October 20 Holidays

October 20 Holidays & National Days & Fun Days | October 20 Calendar

October 20th Daily Holidays include:

  • Community Media Day
  • Global Champagne Day – October 20, 2023 (Third Friday in October)
  • International Chef’s Day
  • International Sloth Day
  • Mammography Day – October 20, 2023 (Third Friday in October)
  • Miss American Rose Day
  • National Brandied Fruit Day
  • National Call-In Day for Health Reform
  • National Day on Writing
  • National Pharmacy Buyer Day – October 20, 2023 (Friday of the Third Full Week in October)
  • National Suspenders Day
  • National Youth Conference Day
  • Office Chocolate Day
  • The International Day of the Air Traffic Controller
  • World Osteoporosis Day
  • World Statistics Day – October 20, 2020 (Celebrated every five years)
  • World Student Day – October 20, 2023 (Third Friday in October)

October 20: Famous Birthdays

  • October 20, 1927 – Joyce Brothers, American psychologist, advice columnist, author, and actress (d. 2013)
  • October 20, 1931 – Mickey Mantle, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1995)
  • October 20, 1950 – Tom Petty, American singer, songwriter, and producer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) (d. 2017)
  • October 20, 1958 – Viggo Mortensen, American-Danish actor and producer (Witness, The Lord of the Rings trilogy)
  • October 20, 1970 – Michelle Malkin, American author, blogger and political commentator

October 20: Historical Events

  • October 20, 1803 – The United States Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase
  • October 20, 1818 – The United States and the United Kingdom sign the Convention of 1818 that makes the Canada-United States border on the 49th parallel for most of its length
  • October 20, 1904 – The Treaty of Peace and Friendship is signed by Chile and Bolivia, delimiting the border between the two countries
  • October 20, 1944 – 130 people are killed and 30 blocks leveled when liquefied natural gas leaks from storage tanks in Cleveland and then explodes
  • October 20, 1961 – The Soviet Union launches an R-13 from a Golf-class submarine as the first armed test of a submarine launched ballistic missile
  • October 20, 1973 – After 14 years of construction, the Sydney Opera House, in Sydney, Australia is opened by Elizabeth II
  • October 20, 1976 – While crossing the Mississippi River, the ferry George Prince is struck by a ship killing seventy-eight passengers and crew
  • October 20, 1991 – More than 1,000 people are killed when a 6.8 Mw earthquake strikes the Uttarkashi region of India
  • October 20, 1991 – More than 3,000 homes, apartments and condominiums are destroyed and 25 people killed when a massive fire breaks out in the Hills of Oakland and Berkeley, CA

October 20: Music Events

  • October 20, 1962 – Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers hits #1 and ultimately becomes the most famous Halloween song
  • October 20, 1973 – Angie by The Rolling Stones hits #1 in the U.S.
  • October 20, 1977 – Six people, including three band members of the rock bank Lynyrd Skynyrd are killed when their plane crashes in Mississippi
  • October 20, 1979 – Rise, an instrumental by Herb Alpert goes to #1 in the U.S.
  • October 20, 1998 – 98 Degrees and Rising is an album released by 98 Degrees
  • October 20, 2003 – Frank is the first album released by Amy Winehouse in the U.K.
  • October 20, 2016 – Better Man is released by Little Big Town (video below)
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October 20: Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for October 20 is Libra.

October Birthstone:

What is the October Birthstone? Pink Tourmaline and Opal

October’s birthstones are pink tourmaline and opal. Tourmaline, the primary birthstone, is rare because it is one of the few gems that can be found in almost every color. Some pink tourmalines have clarity as transparent as diamonds! Opals, on the other hand, are in a class by themselves.

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