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What Happened On This Day In History?
Friday, September 20th 2019
Today is the 263rd day of 2019. There are 102 days left in this year.
Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set out from Spain on a voyage to find a western passage to the Spice Islands in Indonesia. (Magellan was killed en route, but one of his ships circumnavigated the world.)
Italian troops took control of the Papal States, leading to the unification of Italy.
Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as the 21st president of the United States, succeeding James A. Garfield, who had been assassinated.
The Equal Rights Party was formed during a convention of suffragists in San Francisco. The convention nominated Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood of Washington, D.C., for president.
Black student James Meredith was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Governor Ross R. Barnett. (Meredith was later admitted.)
In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, President Kennedy proposed a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition to the moon.
Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in a $100,000 winner-take-all tennis match.
The first wave of Southeast Asian ''boat people'' arrived in San Francisco under a new U.S. resettlement program.
A suicide car bomber attacked the U.S. Embassy annex in north Beirut, killing a dozen people.
After playing in a record 2,632 consecutive games over 16 seasons, Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles sat out a game against the New York Yankees.
Lawrence Russell Brewer became the second white supremacist to be convicted in the dragging death of James Byrd Jr. in Jasper, Texas. (Brewer was later sentenced to death.)
International peacekeepers landed in East Timor.
Former New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia died.
Singer-songwriter Jim Croce died in a plane crash near Natchitoches, La., at age 30.
Muriel Humphrey Brown, widow of Vice President Hubert Humphrey and his brief successor in the U.S. Senate, died in Minneapolis at age 86.
Raisa Gorbachev, wife of the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, died after a battle with leukemia; she was 67.