On This Day
Discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths. Each day we highlight famous people, past and present, who have impacted our world. Browse sections by selecting the links below or click the calendar to view events on another day.
Events on This Day
Mao Zedong’s Long March concludes when he arrives in Shensi province.
Senator Joseph McCarthy begins investigating Communists in Hollywood, starting the Red Scare.
Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi is killed by rebel forces, ending nearly 42 years of his rule.
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien is published, completing The Lord of The Rings three-novel series.
Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama arrives in Britain for the first time, pledging to "administer vows to people who want them."
The rock group The Police, led by lead singer Sting, makes its debut performance in the United States.
Born on This Day
Born: October 20, 1882
Birthplace: Lugos, Hungary
1931 | 63 years old
Songwriter / 1950 -
Tom Petty is best known as the frontman of the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He pursued a solo career in 1989, recording such hit songs as "Free Fallin'" and "Runnin' Down a Dream."
1950 | 63 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor, Rapper, Reality Television Star / 1971 -
Snoop Dogg is a West Coast rapper who evolved under the tutelage of Dr. Dre, and has received fame for albums such as Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather and Reincarnation.
Born: October 20, 1971
Age: 42 years old
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Occupation: Film Actor, Television Actor, ...
1956 | 57 years old
1925 | 81 years old
Died on This Day
Died: October 20, 1936
Age: 70 years old
Place: Forest Hills, New York , United States
Linguist, Scholar, Explorer / 1821 - 1890
Sir Richard Burton was a British explorer and linguist. He translated The Arabian Nights, and wrote extensively about his travels in Asia, Africa and America.
1890 | 69 years old
Linguist, Scholar, Explorer
1994 | 80 years old
Died: October 20, 1964
Age: 90 years old
Place: New York, New York , United States
Occupation: U.S. President
2006 | 96 years old
Theater Actress, Television Actress
2010 | 79 years old
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