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20 Oct
1827
The last major naval battle fought between wooden ships took place at Navarino during the Greek War of Independence, when the Turkish and Egyptian fleets were destroyed by the…The last major naval battle fought between wooden ships took place at Navarino during the Greek War of Independence, when the Turkish and Egyptian fleets were destroyed by the combined might of Britain, France and Russia
191 years ago
20 Oct
1822
The first edition of the Sunday Times newspaper was published in BritainThe first edition of the Sunday Times newspaper was published in Britain
196 years ago
20 Oct
1822
English writer Thomas Hughes, author of Tom Brown's Schooldays, was bornEnglish writer Thomas Hughes, author of Tom Brown's Schooldays, was born
196 years ago
20 Oct
1818
The United States and Britain reached agreement setting the U.S.-Canada border at the 49th parallel, with a joint occupation of Oregon for 10 yearsThe United States and Britain reached agreement setting the U.S.-Canada border at the 49th parallel, with a joint occupation of Oregon for 10 years
200 years ago
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20 Oct
1803
The United States Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase, the acquisition of 828,000 square miles of land from France, then under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte and facing a war…The United States Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase, the acquisition of 828,000 square miles of land from France, then under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte and facing a war with Great Britain
215 years ago
20 Oct
1784
Lord Palmerston, British statesman, born as Henry John Temple. He was prime minister twice between 1855 and 1865Lord Palmerston, British statesman, born as Henry John Temple. He was prime minister twice between 1855 and 1865
234 years ago
20 Oct
1740
Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor and pretender to the throne of Spain, diedCharles VI, Holy Roman Emperor and pretender to the throne of Spain, died
278 years ago
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20 Oct
1720
Caribbean pirate John Rackham, known as Calico Jack, was captured by Britain’s Royal Navy, and hanged the following month in Port Royal, Jamaica. He designed the Jolly Roger…Caribbean pirate John Rackham, known as Calico Jack, was captured by Britain’s Royal Navy, and hanged the following month in Port Royal, Jamaica. He designed the Jolly Roger flag, a skull with crossed swords
298 years ago
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20 Oct
1714
Britain’s first Hanoverian King, George I, was crowned following the death of Queen Anne, who had died without an heir. As her closest living Protestant relative, George I became…Britain’s first Hanoverian King, George I, was crowned following the death of Queen Anne, who had died without an heir. As her closest living Protestant relative, George I became the monarch as a parliamentary act of 1701 barred Catholics from inheriting the throne
304 years ago
20 Oct
1632
Renowned English architect and astronomer Sir Christopher Wren was born. He designed and built over 50 churches in London, most notably St Paul's Cathedral, where he is buriedRenowned English architect and astronomer Sir Christopher Wren was born. He designed and built over 50 churches in London, most notably St Paul's Cathedral, where he is buried
386 years ago
20 Oct
1616
Danish physician and mathematician Thomas Bartholin, who in 1652 was the first to fully describe the human lymphatic system, was bornDanish physician and mathematician Thomas Bartholin, who in 1652 was the first to fully describe the human lymphatic system, was born
402 years ago
20 Oct
1524
Thomas Linacre, British physician and first president of the Royal College of Physicians of London, died. He was physician to Kings Henry VII and VIII of EnglandThomas Linacre, British physician and first president of the Royal College of Physicians of London, died. He was physician to Kings Henry VII and VIII of England
494 years ago
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