A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on September 20th. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On September 20, 1187, the Islamic forces of the famous Kurdish Muslim leader Saladin laid siege to the capital of the Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem, the holiest city in the Christian world and likewise in the Jewish world, and the third holiest city in Islam.
On September 20, 1835, Brazilian rebels captured Porto Alegre, starting a rebellion that lasted almost 10 years called The Ragamuffin War.
On September 20, 1893, Charles Duryea and his brother, J. Frank Duryea, tested their gasoline powered automobile, the first gasoline powered car in the United States.
On September 20, 1911, the RMS Olympic, the first of three enormous British luxury liners of the Olympic-class, collided with the British cruiser HMS Hawke.
On September 20, 1947, Fiorello La Guardia, the most famous as the Mayor of New York City (1934-1945), died at the age of 64 of pancreatic cancer.
On September 20, 1982, the television show The $10,000 Pyramid was renamed The $25,000 Pyramid, with its host being American Bandstand and New Year’s Eve impresario Dick Clark.
On September 20, 2000, the headquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), an agency also known as MI6, suffered the indignity of being hit by a Soviet-made RPG-22 anti-tank rocket.
On September 20, 2001, US President George W. Bush addressed congress and the American people and declared a “War on Terror.”
On September 20, 2014, hackers released private pictures of celebrities, supposedly taken from their iCloud accounts.
On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, horror fans had their chance to be among the first in Cleveland to see Friend Request before it opened in theaters.
On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, horror fans had their chance to be among the first in Cleveland to see Friend Request before it opened in theaters. (NOTE: The link in the date for this entry leads to a different article than the other mention to this same event above.)
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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