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Date Description Type
20th of September 0451 EVENT The Battle of Chalons takes place in North Eastern France. Flavius Aetius's victory over Attila the Hun in a day of combat, is considered to be the largest battle in the ancient world.
20th of September 1187 EVENT Saladin begins the Siege of Jerusalem.
20th of September 1260 EVENT the Great Prussian Uprising among the old Prussians begins against the Teutonic Knights.
20th of September 1378 EVENT Cardinal Robert of Geneva, called by some the Butcher of Cesena, is elected as Avignon Pope Clement VII, beginning the Papal schism.
20th of September 1519 EVENT Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Sanlucar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe.
20th of September 1596 EVENT Diego de Montemayor founds the city of Monterrey in New Spain.
20th of September 1633 EVENT Galileo Galilei is tried before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun.
20th of September 1697 EVENT The Treaty of Rijswijk is signed by France, England, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire and the Dutch Republic ending the Nine Years' War (1688 : 97).
20th of September 1737 EVENT The finish of the Walking Purchase which forces the cession of 1.2 million acres (4,860 km?) of Lenape-Delaware tribal land to the Pennsylvania Colony.
20th of September 1792 EVENT French troops stop allied invasion of France, during the War of the First Coalition at Valmy.
20th of September 1835 EVENT Farroupilha's Revolution begins in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
20th of September 1848 EVENT The American Association for the Advancement of Science is created.
20th of September 1854 EVENT Battle of Alma: British and French troops defeat Russians in the Crimea.
20th of September 1857 EVENT The Indian Rebellion of 1857 ends with the recapture of Delhi by troops loyal to the East India Company.
20th of September 1860 EVENT The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII of the United Kingdom) visits the United States.
20th of September 1863 EVENT American Civil War: The Battle of Chickamauga ends.
20th of September 1870 EVENT Bersaglieri corps enter Rome through the Porta Pia and complete the unification of Italy.
20th of September 1871 EVENT Bishop John Coleridge Patteson is martyred on the island of Nukapu, a Polynesian outlier island now in the Temotu Province of the Solomon Islands. He is the first bishop of Melanesia.
20th of September 1881 EVENT Chester A. Arthur is inaugurated as the 21st President of the United States following the assassination of James Garfield.
20th of September 1891 EVENT The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States.
20th of September 1906 EVENT Cunard Line's RMS Mauretania is launched at the Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson shipyard in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
20th of September 1920 EVENT Foundation of the Spanish Legion.
20th of September 1930 EVENT Syro-Malankara Catholic Church is formed by Archbishop Mar Ivanios.
20th of September 1942 EVENT Holocaust in Letychiv, Ukraine. In the course of two days the German SS murders at least 3,000 Jews.
20th of September 1946 EVENT The first Cannes Film Festival is held.
20th of September 1962 EVENT James Meredith, an African-American, is temporarily barred from entering the University of Mississippi.
20th of September 1967 EVENT RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is launched at John Brown & Company, Clydebank, Scotland. It is operated by the Cunard Line.
20th of September 1970 EVENT Syrian tanks roll into Jordan in response to continued fighting between Jordan and the fedayeen.
20th of September 1973 EVENT Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
20th of September 1977 EVENT The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is admitted to the United Nations.
20th of September 1979 EVENT A coup d'etat in the Central African Empire overthrows Emperor Bokasa I.
20th of September 1982 EVENT The National Football League players begin a 57-day strike.
20th of September 1984 EVENT A suicide bomber in a car attacks the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing twenty-two people.
20th of September 1990 EVENT South Ossetia declares its independence from Georgia.
20th of September 2000 EVENT The British MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by a Russian-built Mark 22 anti-tank missile.
20th of September 2001 EVENT In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror".
20th of September 2002 EVENT The Kolka-Karmadon rock/ice slide.
20th of September 2003 EVENT Maldives civil unrest: the death of prisoner Hassan Evan Naseem sparks a day of rioting in Male.
20th of September 0524 BIRTHDAY Kan B'alam I, ruler of Maya state of Palenque (d. 583)
20th of September 1486 BIRTHDAY Arthur, Prince of Wales, son of King Henry VII of England (d. 1502)
20th of September 1599 BIRTHDAY Christian the Younger, German Protestant military leader (d. 1623)
20th of September 1608 BIRTHDAY Jean-Jacques Olier, French catholic priest, founder of The Sulpicians (d. 1657)
20th of September 1746 BIRTHDAY Moric Benyovszky Hungarian count (d. 1786)
20th of September 1778 BIRTHDAY Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Russian naval officer and explorer (d. 1852)
20th of September 1820 BIRTHDAY John F. Reynolds, American Civil War general (d. 1863)
20th of September 1831 BIRTHDAY Kate Harrington, American teacher, writer and poet (d. 1917)
20th of September 1833 BIRTHDAY Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Italian pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1918)
20th of September 1842 BIRTHDAY James Dewar, Scottish chemist (d. 1923)
20th of September 1844 BIRTHDAY William H. Illingworth, American photographer (d. 1893)
20th of September 1851 BIRTHDAY Henry Arthur Jones, English writer (d. 1929)
20th of September 1853 BIRTHDAY Rama V, King of Thailand (d. 1910)
20th of September 1861 BIRTHDAY Herbert Putnam, Librarian of Congress (d. 1955)
20th of September 1872 BIRTHDAY Maurice Gamelin, French army general (d. 1958)
20th of September 1873 BIRTHDAY Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian race car driver (d. 1944)
20th of September 1873 BIRTHDAY Sidney Olcott, Canadian film director (d. 1949)
20th of September 1878 BIRTHDAY Upton Sinclair, American writer (d. 1968)
20th of September 1880 BIRTHDAY Louise Peete, American murderess (d. 1947)
20th of September 1884 BIRTHDAY Maxwell Perkins, American editor and publisher (d. 1947)
20th of September 1885 BIRTHDAY Jelly Roll Morton, American jazz pianist, bandleader and composer (d. 1941)
20th of September 1886 BIRTHDAY Charles Williams, British author (d. 1945)
20th of September 1889 BIRTHDAY Charles Reidpath, American athlete (d. 1975)
20th of September 1893 BIRTHDAY Hermann Lux, German footballer (d. 1962)
20th of September 1899 BIRTHDAY Leo Strauss, German-born philosopher (d. 1973)
20th of September 1902 BIRTHDAY Stevie Smith, British poet (d. 1971)
20th of September 1906 BIRTHDAY Jean Dreville, French Film director (d. 1997)
20th of September 1911 BIRTHDAY Shriram Sharma Acharya, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1991)
20th of September 1914 BIRTHDAY Kenneth More, English actor (d. 1982)
20th of September 1916 BIRTHDAY Malik Meraj Khalid, Former Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan (d. 2003)
20th of September 1917 BIRTHDAY Red Auerbach, American basketball coach (d. 2006)
20th of September 1917 BIRTHDAY Fernando Rey, Spanish-born actor (d. 1994)
20th of September 1917 BIRTHDAY Don Starr, American-born actor (d. 2005)
20th of September 1920 BIRTHDAY Alberto de Lacerda, Portuguese poet (d. 2007)
20th of September 1920 BIRTHDAY Jay Ward, American animated cartoonist (d. 1989)
20th of September 1922 BIRTHDAY William Kapell, American pianist (d. 1953)
20th of September 1923 BIRTHDAY Geraldine Clinton Little, Irish-born poet (d. 1997)
20th of September 1923 BIRTHDAY Maurice Sauve, Canadian economist and politician (d. 1992)
20th of September 1924 BIRTHDAY Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Indian actor
20th of September 1924 BIRTHDAY Gogi Grant, American singer
20th of September 1925 BIRTHDAY James Bernard, English film composer (d. 2001)
20th of September 1925 BIRTHDAY Ananda Mahidol, King of Thailand (d. 1946)
20th of September 1925 BIRTHDAY Bobby Nunn, American singer (The Coasters) (d. 1986)
20th of September 1927 BIRTHDAY Colette Bonheur, Canadian singer (d. 1966)
20th of September 1927 BIRTHDAY Johnny Dankworth, English musician and composer (d. 2010)
20th of September 1927 BIRTHDAY Rachel Roberts, Welsh actress (d. 1980)
20th of September 1928 BIRTHDAY Donald Hall, American poet and US Poet Laureate
20th of September 1928 BIRTHDAY Kirsten Rolffes, Danish actress (d. 2000)
20th of September 1929 BIRTHDAY Anne Meara, American comic and actress
20th of September 1931 BIRTHDAY Cherd Songsri, Thai filmmaker (d. 2006)
20th of September 1933 BIRTHDAY Dennis Viollet, English former footballer (d. 1999)
20th of September 1934 BIRTHDAY Takayuki Kubota, Japanese martial artist
20th of September 1934 BIRTHDAY Sophia Loren, Italian actress
20th of September 1935 BIRTHDAY Keith Roberts, British science fiction author (d. 2000)
20th of September 1935 BIRTHDAY Jim Taylor, American football player
20th of September 1935 BIRTHDAY David Pegg, English footballer (d. 1958)
20th of September 1937 BIRTHDAY Monica Zetterlund, Swedish actress and singer (d. 2005)
20th of September 1937 BIRTHDAY Birgitta Dahl, Swedish politician
20th of September 1939 BIRTHDAY Robert L. Gerry III, American businessman
20th of September 1940 BIRTHDAY Taro Aso, Prime Minister of Japan
20th of September 1941 BIRTHDAY Dale Chihuly, American glass artist
20th of September 1942 BIRTHDAY Gerald Tremblay, Quebec politician
20th of September 1946 BIRTHDAY Pete Coors, American businessman
20th of September 1947 BIRTHDAY Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, French TV journalist and writer
20th of September 1947 BIRTHDAY Steve Gerber, American comics writer (d. 2008)
20th of September 1947 BIRTHDAY Chris Ortloff, former New York state Republican politician and admitted pedophile
20th of September 1947 BIRTHDAY Bruce Pasternack, American CEO
20th of September 1947 BIRTHDAY Mia Martini, Italian singer (d. 1995)
20th of September 1948 BIRTHDAY George R. R. Martin, American writer
20th of September 1948 BIRTHDAY Chuck Panozzo, American musician (Styx)
20th of September 1948 BIRTHDAY John Panozzo, American musician (Styx) (d. 1996)
20th of September 1949 BIRTHDAY Anthony Denison, American actor
20th of September 1949 BIRTHDAY Mahesh Bhatt, Indian film director
20th of September 1951 BIRTHDAY Javier Marias, Spanish author, translator and academic
20th of September 1951 BIRTHDAY Cornelia Behm, German politician
20th of September 1951 BIRTHDAY Guy Lafleur, Canadian ice hockey player
20th of September 1954 BIRTHDAY Henry Samueli, American NHL team owner
20th of September 1956 BIRTHDAY Gary Cole, American actor
20th of September 1956 BIRTHDAY Debbi Morgan, American actress
20th of September 1957 BIRTHDAY Alannah Currie, New Zealander musician (Thompson Twins)
20th of September 1957 BIRTHDAY Rich DiSilvio, American new media developer & artist
20th of September 1957 BIRTHDAY Michael Hurst, New Zealand actor
20th of September 1958 BIRTHDAY Arn Anderson, American wrestler
20th of September 1959 BIRTHDAY Danny Devos, Belgian artist
20th of September 1960 BIRTHDAY Deborah Roberts, American journalist and TV reporter
20th of September 1961 BIRTHDAY Lisa Bloom, American lawyer and television personality
20th of September 1963 BIRTHDAY Velcrow Ripper, Canadian documentary filmmaker
20th of September 1964 BIRTHDAY Maggie Cheung, Hong Kong actress
20th of September 1964 BIRTHDAY Randy Bradbury, American musician (Pennywise)
20th of September 1965 BIRTHDAY Robert Rusler, American actor
20th of September 1966 BIRTHDAY Nuno Bettencourt, Portuguese rock musician
20th of September 1967 BIRTHDAY Martin Harrison, American football player
20th of September 1967 BIRTHDAY Gunnar Nelson, American musician (Nelson)
20th of September 1967 BIRTHDAY Kristen Johnston, American actress
20th of September 1967 BIRTHDAY Matthew Nelson, American musician (Nelson)
20th of September 1968 BIRTHDAY Van Jones, American attorney and activist
20th of September 1968 BIRTHDAY Leah Pinsent, Canadian actress
20th of September 1968 BIRTHDAY Darrell Russell, American race car driver (d. 2004)
20th of September 1969 BIRTHDAY Victoria Dillard, American actress
20th of September 1969 BIRTHDAY Richard Witschge, former Dutch footballer
20th of September 1969 BIRTHDAY Megumi Kudo, Japanese pro-wrestler
20th of September 1969 BIRTHDAY Tim Rogers, Australian musician
20th of September 1971 BIRTHDAY Todd Blackadder, New Zealand rugby player
20th of September 1971 BIRTHDAY Masashi Hamauzu, Japanese composer
20th of September 1971 BIRTHDAY Dominika Peczynski, Swedish singer (Army of Lovers)
20th of September 1971 BIRTHDAY Sebastian Roth, German musician
20th of September 1971 BIRTHDAY Henrik Larsson, Swedish footballer
20th of September 1973 BIRTHDAY Ronald McKinnon, American football player
20th of September 1974 BIRTHDAY Michael Waddington, American defense lawyer
20th of September 1975 BIRTHDAY Moon Bloodgood, American actress
20th of September 1975 BIRTHDAY Asia Argento, Italian actress
20th of September 1975 BIRTHDAY Juan Pablo Montoya, Colombian race car driver
20th of September 1976 BIRTHDAY Jon Bernthal, American actor
20th of September 1976 BIRTHDAY Agata Buzek, Polish actress
20th of September 1976 BIRTHDAY Yui Horie, Japanese seiyuu
20th of September 1976 BIRTHDAY Yo Hitoto, Japanese pop singer
20th of September 1976 BIRTHDAY Enuka Okuma, Canadian actress
20th of September 1976 BIRTHDAY Reuben Singh, British entrepreneur
20th of September 1977 BIRTHDAY Namie Amuro, Japanese pop singer
20th of September 1977 BIRTHDAY Chris Mooney, American writer
20th of September 1978 BIRTHDAY Jason Bay, Canadian baseball player
20th of September 1978 BIRTHDAY Patrizio Buanne, Italian singer
20th of September 1978 BIRTHDAY Dante Hall, American football player
20th of September 1978 BIRTHDAY T.J. Tucker, American baseball player
20th of September 1978 BIRTHDAY Sarit Hadad, Israeli singer
20th of September 1979 BIRTHDAY Sean Davis, English footballer
20th of September 1980 BIRTHDAY Mariacarla Boscono, Italian fashion model
20th of September 1980 BIRTHDAY Vladimir Karpets, Russian cyclist
20th of September 1980 BIRTHDAY Jonathan Le Billon, British actor
20th of September 1980 BIRTHDAY Mehrzad Marashi, German singer
20th of September 1980 BIRTHDAY Madison Young, founder of Femina Potens Art Gallery
20th of September 1981 BIRTHDAY Feliciano Lopez, Spanish tennis player
20th of September 1981 BIRTHDAY Joanie Dodds, America's Next Top Model contestant
20th of September 1981 BIRTHDAY Jordan Tata, American baseball player
20th of September 1982 BIRTHDAY Jason Bacashihua, American ice hockey player
20th of September 1982 BIRTHDAY Aaron Burkart, German rally driver
20th of September 1982 BIRTHDAY Brian Fortuna, Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer
20th of September 1983 BIRTHDAY Freya Murray, Scottish athlete
20th of September 1983 BIRTHDAY Yuna Ito, Japanese singer and actress
20th of September 1983 BIRTHDAY Angel Sanchez, Puerto Rican baseball player
20th of September 1984 BIRTHDAY Brian Joubert, French figure skater
20th of September 1986 BIRTHDAY Aldis Hodge, American actor
20th of September 1987 BIRTHDAY Tito Tebaldi, Italian rugby player
20th of September 1990 BIRTHDAY Erich Gonzales, Filipina actress
20th of September 1990 BIRTHDAY Marilou, Canadian pop singer
20th of September 1990 BIRTHDAY John Tavares, Canadian ice hockey player
20th of September 1991 BIRTHDAY Spencer Locke, American act
20th of September 1995 BIRTHDAY Laura Dekker, Dutch Solo Sailor
20th of September 1995 BIRTHDAY Sammi Hanratty, American actress
20th of September 1246 DEATH Mikhail of Chernigov of Kiev (Born 1185)
20th of September 1384 DEATH King Louis I of Naples (Born 1339)
20th of September 1460 DEATH Gilles Binchois, Flemish composer (Born 1400)
20th of September 1586 DEATH Chidiock Tichborne, English conspirator and poet (Born 1558)
20th of September 1586 DEATH John Ballard, English Jesuit priest and conspirator
20th of September 1590 DEATH Lodovico Agostini, Italian composer (Born 1534)
20th of September 1625 DEATH Heinrich Meibom, German historian and critic (Born 1555)
20th of September 1627 DEATH Jan Gruter, Dutch critic (Born 1560)
20th of September 1630 DEATH Claudio Saracini, Italian composer (Born 1586)
20th of September 1639 DEATH Johannes Meursius, Dutch classical scholar (Born 1579)
20th of September 1643 DEATH Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount Falkland, English politician and writer (Born 1610)
20th of September 1721 DEATH Thomas Doggett, Irish actor (Born 1640)
20th of September 1803 DEATH Robert Emmet, Irish patriot (Born 1780)
20th of September 1810 DEATH Mir Taqi Mir Urdu poet (Born 1723)
20th of September 1815 DEATH Nicolas Desmarest, French geologist (Born 1725)
20th of September 1839 DEATH Sir Thomas Hardy, Royal Navy Vice-Admiral and First Lord of the Admiralty (Born 1769)
20th of September 1852 DEATH Philander Chase, American university founder (Born 1775)
20th of September 1855 DEATH Jose Trinidad Reyes, Honduran Catholic priest and educator (Born 1797)
20th of September 1863 DEATH Jacob Grimm, German writer and folklorist (Born 1785)
20th of September 1884 DEATH Leopold Fitzinger, Austrian zoologist (Born 1802)
20th of September 1898 DEATH Theodor Fontane, German writer (Born 1819)
20th of September 1906 DEATH Robert R. Hitt, American politician (Born 1834)
20th of September 1908 DEATH Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist and composer (Born 1844)
20th of September 1927 DEATH George Nichols, American actor and film director (Born 1864)
20th of September 1930 DEATH Gombojab Tsybikov, Russian explorer (Born 1873)
20th of September 1932 DEATH Wovoka, American Northern Paiute religious leader (Born 1856)
20th of September 1933 DEATH Annie Besant, English suffragette (Born 1847)
20th of September 1939 DEATH Paul Bruchesi, French Canadian Catholic archbishop (Born 1855)
20th of September 1945 DEATH William Buehler Seabrook, American occultist (Born 1884)
20th of September 1945 DEATH Augusto Tasso Fragoso, Brazilian president (Born 1869)
20th of September 1945 DEATH Eduard Wirths, Nazi physician (Born 1909)
20th of September 1946 DEATH Raimu, French actor (Born 1883)
20th of September 1947 DEATH Fiorello La Guardia, American politician (Born 1882)
20th of September 1948 DEATH Husain Salaahuddin, Maldivian writer (Born 1881)
20th of September 1957 DEATH Heino Kaski, Finnish composer (Born 1885)
20th of September 1957 DEATH Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer (Born 1865)
20th of September 1958 DEATH Oscar O'Brien, Canadian catholic priest and folklorist (Born 1892)
20th of September 1971 DEATH Giorgos Seferis, Greek poet, Nobel Prize laureate (Born 1900)
20th of September 1972 DEATH Pierre-Henri Simon, French historian, essayist and novelist (Born 1903)
20th of September 1973 DEATH Jim Croce, American singer and songwriter (Born 1943)
20th of September 1975 DEATH Saint-John Perse, French diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (Born 1887)
20th of September 1979 DEATH Ludvik Svoboda, Czech politician (Born 1895)
20th of September 1980 DEATH Sanpei Hayashiya, Japanese comedian (Born 1925)
20th of September 1984 DEATH Steve Goodman, American folk music singer-songwriter (Born 1948)
20th of September 1987 DEATH Michael Stewart, American playwright (Born 1924)
20th of September 1989 DEATH Richie Ginther, American race car driver (Born 1930)
20th of September 1993 DEATH Erich Hartmann, German fighter pilot (Born 1922)
20th of September 1994 DEATH Jule Styne, American songwriter (Born 1905)
20th of September 1994 DEATH Abioseh Nicol, Sierra Leonean diplomat (Born 1924)
20th of September 1996 DEATH Paul Erdos, Hungarian mathematician (Born 1913)
20th of September 1996 DEATH Paul Weston, American arranger and conductor (Born 1912)
20th of September 1997 DEATH Nick Traina, American singer (Link 80) (Born 1978)
20th of September 1998 DEATH Muriel Humphrey Brown, American politician (Born 1912)
20th of September 1999 DEATH Robert Lebel, Quebec ice hockey administrator (Born 1905)
20th of September 1999 DEATH Raisa Gorbachyova, wife of Mikhail Gorbachev (Born 1932)
20th of September 2000 DEATH Gherman Titov, Russian cosmonaut (Born 1935)
20th of September 2002 DEATH Sergei Bodrov, Jr., Russian actor (Born 1971)
20th of September 2003 DEATH Lord Williams of Mostyn, British politician (Born 1941)
20th of September 2003 DEATH Gordon Mitchell, American actor (Born 1923)
20th of September 2003 DEATH Simon Muzenda, Zimbabwe politician (Born 1922)
20th of September 2004 DEATH Brian Clough, English footballer and football manager (Born 1935)
20th of September 2004 DEATH Townsend Hoopes, American politician (Born 1922)
20th of September 2005 DEATH Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian Nazi hunter (Born 1908)
20th of September 2006 DEATH Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor (Born 1932)
20th of September 2006 DEATH John W. Peterson, American songwriter (Born 1921)
20th of September 2007 DEATH Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer (Born 1928)
20th of September 2010 DEATH Kenny McKinley, American football player (Born 1987)
20th of September 2010 DEATH Leonard Skinner, American high school gym teacher; namesake of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd (Born 1933)