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20 Oct
1993
The Dutch government announced it would ban the sale of hashish and marijuana to foreign touristsThe Dutch government announced it would ban the sale of hashish and marijuana to foreign tourists
25 years ago
20 Oct
1993
London Zoo announced the death of Belinda, the 22-year-old tarantula who featured in various James Bond and Indiana Jones filmsLondon Zoo announced the death of Belinda, the 22-year-old tarantula who featured in various James Bond and Indiana Jones films
25 years ago
20 Oct
1989
Sir Anthony Quayle, English actor best remembered for his roles in "Lawrence of Arabia", "Ice Cold in Alex" and "The Guns of Navarone", died of cancerSir Anthony Quayle, English actor best remembered for his roles in "Lawrence of Arabia", "Ice Cold in Alex" and "The Guns of Navarone", died of cancer
29 years ago
20 Oct
1988
The British Government abolished the right to silence in Northern IrelandThe British Government abolished the right to silence in Northern Ireland
30 years ago
20 Oct
1986
Likud party leader Yitzhak Shamir took over as prime minister of Israel from Labour's Shimon Peres under a power-sharing arrangement made two years earlierLikud party leader Yitzhak Shamir took over as prime minister of Israel from Labour's Shimon Peres under a power-sharing arrangement made two years earlier
32 years ago
20 Oct
1983
A metre was redefined as the distance that light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a secondA metre was redefined as the distance that light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second
35 years ago
20 Oct
1977
Three members of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed in a plane crash in MississippiThree members of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed in a plane crash in Mississippi
41 years ago
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20 Oct
1973
Sydney Opera House was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II. It was designed by Danish artist Joern Utzon and in 2007 made it on to the World Heritage List as one of the great…Sydney Opera House was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II. It was designed by Danish artist Joern Utzon and in 2007 made it on to the World Heritage List as one of the great architectural works of the 20th century
45 years ago
20 Oct
1973
Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson resigned in connection with the Watergate scandalAttorney General Elliot L. Richardson resigned in connection with the Watergate scandal
45 years ago
20 Oct
1971
West German Chancellor Willy Brandt was awarded the Nobel Peace PrizeWest German Chancellor Willy Brandt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
47 years ago
20 Oct
1968
America’s former First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle OnassisAmerica’s former First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis
50 years ago
20 Oct
1967
Shigeru Yoshida, conservative prime minister who dominated Japanese politics in the immediate post-war period, diedShigeru Yoshida, conservative prime minister who dominated Japanese politics in the immediate post-war period, died
51 years ago
20 Oct
1964
Herbert Hoover, who served as 31st president of the United States 1929-33, diedHerbert Hoover, who served as 31st president of the United States 1929-33, died
54 years ago
20 Oct
1962
Chinese troops launched an offensive on Indian military posts along the Himalayan borderChinese troops launched an offensive on Indian military posts along the Himalayan border
56 years ago
20 Oct
1960
The trial on obscenity charges of Penguin Books, publishers of D.H. Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover, began in LondonThe trial on obscenity charges of Penguin Books, publishers of D.H. Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover, began in London
58 years ago
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20 Oct
1944
In World War Two, Russian and Yugoslav forces captured Belgrade; U.S. troops landed on the eastern coast of Leyte Island in the Philippines, fulfilling a promise General MacArthur…In World War Two, Russian and Yugoslav forces captured Belgrade; U.S. troops landed on the eastern coast of Leyte Island in the Philippines, fulfilling a promise General MacArthur made when his forces retreated from the Japanese
74 years ago
20 Oct
1943
The United Nations War Crimes Commission was formedThe United Nations War Crimes Commission was formed
75 years ago
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20 Oct
1935
Mao Zedong and his Communist forces ended their Long March at Yan’an, in Shaanxi, northwest China, one year after beginning their epic flight from Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang…Mao Zedong and his Communist forces ended their Long March at Yan’an, in Shaanxi, northwest China, one year after beginning their epic flight from Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang armies in the southeast
83 years ago
20 Oct
1918
The Germans agreed to further concessions in the third of an exchange of notes with U.S. President Woodrow Wilson aimed at an armisticeThe Germans agreed to further concessions in the third of an exchange of notes with U.S. President Woodrow Wilson aimed at an armistice
100 years ago
20 Oct
1891
British physicist Sir James Chadwick, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1935 for his discovery of the neutron, was bornBritish physicist Sir James Chadwick, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1935 for his discovery of the neutron, was born
127 years ago
20 Oct
1890
Sir Richard Burton, British scholar and explorer, died. The first European to discover Lake Tanganyika in Africa, he also translated the "Arabian Nights" talesSir Richard Burton, British scholar and explorer, died. The first European to discover Lake Tanganyika in Africa, he also translated the "Arabian Nights" tales
128 years ago
20 Oct
1883
The Treaty of Ancon, in which Peru ceded Tarapaca Province to Chile, was signedThe Treaty of Ancon, in which Peru ceded Tarapaca Province to Chile, was signed
135 years ago
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20 Oct
1882
Bela Lugosi, Hungarian actor in horror films, born as Bela Blasko. Best known for his appearance in the film "Dracula" he also played Igor in the film of "Son of…Bela Lugosi, Hungarian actor in horror films, born as Bela Blasko. Best known for his appearance in the film "Dracula" he also played Igor in the film of "Son of Frankenstein
136 years ago
20 Oct
1854
French poet (Jean-Nicolas) Arthur Rimbaud was born. His imaginative work had a great influence on the Symbolist movementFrench poet (Jean-Nicolas) Arthur Rimbaud was born. His imaginative work had a great influence on the Symbolist movement
164 years ago
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