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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.

Notable Events

1519
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.)
1870
Italian troops took control of the Papal States, leading to the unification of Italy.
1881
Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as the 21st president of the United States, succeeding James A. Garfield, who had been assassinated.
1884
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.
1962
Black student James Meredith was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Governor Ross R. Barnett. (Meredith was later admitted.)
1963
In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, President Kennedy proposed a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition to the moon.
1973
Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in a $100,000 winner-take-all tennis match.
1977
The first wave of Southeast Asian ''boat people'' arrived in San Francisco under a new U.S. resettlement program.
1984
A suicide car bomber attacked the U.S. Embassy annex in north Beirut, killing a dozen people.
1998
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.
1999
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.)
1999
International peacekeepers landed in East Timor.

Notable Deaths

1947
Former New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia died.
1973
Singer-songwriter Jim Croce died in a plane crash near Natchitoches, La., at age 30.
1998
Muriel Humphrey Brown, widow of Vice President Hubert Humphrey and his brief successor in the U.S. Senate, died in Minneapolis at age 86.
1999
Raisa Gorbachev, wife of the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, died after a battle with leukemia; she was 67.
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