September 20 Events
1058 - Agnes of Poitou and Andrew I of Hungary meet to negotiate about the border territory of Burgenland. 1066 - At the Battle of Fulford, Harald Hardrada defeats earls Morcar and Edwin. 1187 - Saladin begins the Siege of Jerusalem. 1260 - The Great Prussian Uprising among the old Prussians begins against the Teutonic Knights. 1378 - Cardinal Robert of Geneva is elected as Pope Clement VII, beginning the Papal schism. 1498 - The Nankai tsunami washes away the building housing the Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in. It has been outside since then. 1519 - Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe. 1596 - Diego de Montemayor founds the city of Monterrey in New Spain. 1697 - The Treaty of Ryswick is signed by France, England, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire and the Dutch Republic, ending the Nine Years' War. 1737 - The finish of the Walking Purchase which forces the cession of 1.2 million acres of Lenape-Delaware tribal land to the Pennsylvania Colony. 1792 - French troops stop an allied invasion of France at the Battle of Valmy. 1835 - The decade-long Ragamuffin War starts when rebels capture Porto Alegre in Brazil. 1854 - Crimean War: British and French troops defeat Russians at the Battle of Alma. 1857 - The Indian Rebellion of 1857 ends with the recapture of Delhi by troops loyal to the East India Company. 1860 - The future King Edward VII of the United Kingdom begins the first visit to North America by a Prince of Wales. 1863 - American Civil War: The Battle of Chickamauga, in northwestern Georgia, ends in a Confederate victory. 1870 - The Bersaglieri corps enter Rome through the Porta Pia, and complete the unification of Italy. 1871 - Bishop John Coleridge Patteson, first bishop of Melanesia, is martyred on Nukapu, now in the Solomon Islands. 1881 - U.S. President Chester A. Arthur is sworn in, the morning after becoming President upon James A. Garfield's death. 1893 - Charles Duryea and his brother road-test the first American-made gasoline-powered automobile. 1906 - The Cunard Line's is launched at Newcastle upon Tyne, England. 1909 - The South Africa Act 1909 creates the Union of South Africa from the British Colonies from four smaller colonies. 1910 - The ocean liner, later known as the "Versailles of the Atlantic", is launched. 1911 - The White Star Line's collides with the British warship. 1941 - The Holocaust in Lithuania: Lithuanian Nazis and local police murder 403 Jews in Nemenčinė. 1942 - The Holocaust in Ukraine: In the course of two days a German Einsatzgruppe murders at least 3,000 Jews in Letychiv. 1946 - The first Cannes Film Festival is held, having been delayed seven years due to World War II. 1946 - Six days after a referendum, King Christian X of Denmark annuls the declaration of independence of the Faroe Islands. 1955 - The Treaty on Relations between the USSR and the GDR is signed. 1961 - Greek general Konstantinos Dovas becomes Prime Minister of Greece. 1962 - James Meredith, an African American, is temporarily barred from entering the University of Mississippi. 1965 - Following the Battle of Burki, the Indian Army captures Dograi in course of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. 1967 - is launched Clydebank, Scotland. 1971 - Having weakened after making landfall in Nicaragua the previous day, Hurricane Irene regains enough strength to be renamed Hurricane Olivia, making it the first known hurricane to cross from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific. 1973 - Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome. 1973 - Singer Jim Croce, songwiter and musician Maury Muehleisen and four others die when their light aircraft crashes on takeoff at Natchitoches Regional Airport in Louisiana. 1977 - Vietnam is admitted to the United Nations. 1979 - A French-supported coup d'état in the Central African Empire overthrows Emperor Bokassa I. 1982 - Football players begin a 57-day strike during the 1982 NFL season. 1984 - A suicide bomber in a car attacks the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing twenty-two people. 1990 - South Ossetia declares its independence from Georgia. 2000 - The United Kingdom's MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by individuals using a Russian-built RPG-22 anti-tank missile. 2001 - In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "War on Terror". 2003 - Civil unrest in the Maldives breaks out after a prisoner is killed by guards. 2007 - Between 15,000 and 20,000 protesters marched on Jena, Louisiana, in support of six black youths who had been convicted of assaulting a white classmate. 2008 - A dump truck full of explosives detonates in front of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing 54 people and injuring 266 others. 2011 - The United States military ends its "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time. 2017 - Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, resulting in 2,975 deaths, US$90 billion in damage, and a major humanitarian crisis. 2018 - At least 161 people die after a ferry capsized close to the pier on Ukara Island in Lake Victoria and part of Tanzania. 2019 - Roughly 4 million people, mostly students, demonstrate across the world against climate change. 16-year-old Greta Thunberg from Sweden leads the demonstration in New York City. Births 524 - Kan Bahlam I, Mayan ruler 917 - Kyunyeo, Korean poet 1161 - Emperor Takakura of Japan 1449 - Philipp I, Count of Hanau-Münzenberg 1486 - Arthur, Prince of Wales 1504 - Philip III, Count of Nassau-Weilburg 1514 - Philipp IV, Count of Hanau-Lichtenberg 1593 - Gottfried Scheidt, German organist and composer 1599 - Christian the Younger of Brunswick 1608 - Jean-Jacques Olier, French priest and mystic, founded the Society of Saint-Sulpice 1614 - Martino Martini, Italian missionary, cartographer and historian 1685 - Giuseppe Matteo Alberti, Italian violinist and composer 1746 - Maurice, Count de Benyovszky, Slovak-Hungarian explorer 1758 - Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Haitian emperor 1778 - Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Russian admiral, cartographer, and explorer 1800 - Benjamin Franklin White, American singer and composer 1815 - Richard Dry, Australian politician, 7th Premier of Tasmania 1819 - Frederick Ellsworth Sickels, American inventor 1820 - John F. Reynolds, American general 1831 - Kate Harrington, American poet and educator 1833 - Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Italian soldier and journalist, Nobel Prize laureate 1842 - James Dewar, Scottish-English chemist and physicist 1844 - William H. Illingworth, English-American photographer 1847 - Susanna Rubinstein, Austrian psychologist 1851 - Henry Arthur Jones, English playwright and critic 1853 - Chulalongkorn, Siamese king 1861 - Herbert Putnam, American lawyer and publisher, 8th Librarian of Congress 1872 - Maurice Gamelin, French general 1873 - Sidney Olcott, Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter 1873 - Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian race car driver 1875 - Matthias Erzberger, German publicist and politician 1876 - Carleton Ellis, American inventor and chemist 1878 - Upton Sinclair, American novelist, critic, and essayist 1878 - Francisco Lagos Cházaro, acting president of Mexico 1880 - Ildebrando Pizzetti, Italian composer, musicologist and critic 1884 - Maxwell Perkins, American editor 1885 - Enrico Mizzi, Maltese lawyer and politician, 6th Prime Minister of Malta 1886 - Charles Williams, English author, poet, and critic 1889 - Oskar Kaplur, Estonian wrestler 1889 - Charles Reidpath, American runner and general 1890 - Linda Eenpalu, Estonian activist and politician 1891 - Tomás Garrido Canabal, Mexican revolutionary 1893 - Colin Fraser Barron, Scottish-Canadian sergeant, Victoria Cross recipient 1893 - Hermann Lux, German footballer and manager 1895 - Walter Dubislav, German logician and philosopher of science 1899 - Leo Strauss, German-American political scientist, philosopher, and academic 1902 - Stevie Smith, English author and poet 1906 - Jean Dréville, French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter 1906 - Vera Faddeeva, Russian mathematician 1911 - Shriram Sharma, Indian philosopher and activist 1913 - Sidney Dillon Ripley, American ornithologist and academic 1914 - Kenneth More, English actor 1915 - Malik Meraj Khalid, Pakistani politician, Prime Minister of Pakistan 1917 - Red Auerbach, American basketball player and coach 1917 - Olga Dahl, Swedish genealogist 1917 - Fernando Rey, Spanish actor 1917 - Clarice Taylor, American actress 1917 - Obdulio Varela, Uruguayan footballer 1918 - Horace Gould, English race car driver 1920 - Jay Ward, American animator, producer, and screenwriter, founded Jay Ward Productions 1921 - Chico Hamilton, American drummer, composer, and bandleader 1923 - Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Indian actor and producer 1923 - Maurice Sauvé, Canadian economist, academic, and politician 1924 - Gogi Grant, American singer 1924 - Albert Marre, American director, and producer 1924 - Jackie Paris, American singer and guitarist 1925 - James Bernard, English composer and screenwriter 1925 - Ananda Mahidol, King Rama VIII of Thailand 1925 - Bobby Nunn, American R&B singer 1926 - Libero Liberati, Italian motorcycle racer 1927 - Colette Bonheur, Canadian singer 1927 - John Dankworth, English saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer 1927 - Red Mitchell, American bassist, composer, and poet 1927 - Rachel Roberts, Welsh actress 1928 - Alberto de Lacerda, Mozambican-Portuguese poet and radio host 1928 - Olga Ferri, Argentinian dancer and choreographer 1928 - Donald Hall, American poet, editor, and critic 1929 - Anne Meara, American actress and playwright 1929 - Vittorio Taviani, Italian film director and screenwriter 1929 - Joe Temperley, Scottish saxophonist and clarinet player 1930 - Richard Montague, American mathematician and philosopher 1931 - Cherd Songsri, Thai director, producer, and screenwriter 1933 - Dennis Viollet, English footballer and manager 1934 - Hamit Kaplan, Turkish World and Olympic champion sports wrestler 1934 - Takayuki Kubota, Japanese-American martial artist and actor 1934 - Sophia Loren, Italian actress 1934 - David Marquand, English academic and politician 1934 - Jeff Morris, American actor 1934 - Rajinder Puri, Indian cartoonist, journalist, and activist 1935 - David Pegg, English footballer 1935 - Keith Roberts, English author and illustrator 1935 - Jim Taylor, American football player and sportscaster 1936 - Andrew Davies, Welsh author, screenwriter, and producer 1936 - Salvador Reyes Monteón, Mexican footballer and manager 1937 - Birgitta Dahl, Swedish politician, Swedish Minister for the Environment 1937 - Geoffrey Dear, Baron Dear, English police officer 1937 - Robert L. Gerry III, American businessman 1937 - Garry Johnson, English general 1937 - Monica Zetterlund, Swedish actress and singer 1938 - Eric Gale, American guitarist and producer 1938 - Jane Manning, English soprano and educator 1940 - Tarō Asō, Japanese target shooter and politician, 92nd Prime Minister of Japan 1940 - William Finley, American actor 1940 - Anna Pavord, Welsh-English journalist and author 1941 - Dale Chihuly, American sculptor and educator 1941 - Sammy McMillan, Irish footballer 1942 - Rose Francine Rogombé, Gabonese lawyer and politician, President of Gabon 1942 - Gérald Tremblay, Canadian businessman and politician, 41st Mayor of Montreal 1944 - Jeremy Child, English actor 1944 - Paul Madeley, English footballer 1946 - Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, Spiritual Master, Head of Science of Spirituality 1946 - Pete Coors, American businessman and politician 1946 - Markandey Katju, Indian lawyer and judge 1947 - Billy Bang, American violinist and composer 1947 - Jude Deveraux, American author 1947 - Mia Martini, Italian singer 1947 - Chris Ortloff, American journalist and politician 1947 - Bruce Pasternack, American businessman 1947 - Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, French journalist and author 1948 - Rey Langit, Filipino journalist and radio host 1948 - Victoria Mallory, American singer and actress 1948 - George R. R. Martin, American novelist and short story writer 1948 - Chuck Panozzo, American bass player 1948 - John Panozzo, American drummer 1949 - Mahesh Bhatt, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter 1951 - Joanna Cameron, American actress and model 1951 - Guy Lafleur, Canadian ice hockey player 1951 - Javier Marías, Spanish journalist, author, and academic 1951 - Greg Valentine, American wrestler 1953 - Rocky Mattioli, Italian-Australian boxer 1953 - Steve Tom, American actor 1954 - Anne McIntosh, Scottish lawyer and politician 1954 - Henry Samueli, American businessman, co-founded Broadcom Corporation 1955 - Betsy Brantley, American actress 1955 - Johnny Kidd, English wrestler 1955 - José Rivero, Spanish golfer 1956 - Jennifer Tour Chayes, American mathematician and computer scientist 1956 - Gary Cole, American actor 1956 - Steve Coleman, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader 1956 - John Harle, English saxophonist, composer, conductor, and producer 1957 - Alannah Currie, New Zealand singer-songwriter 1957 - Michael Hurst, New Zealand actor and director 1958 - Arn Anderson, American wrestler and trainer 1959 - Joseph Alessi, American trombonist and educator 1959 - Joanna Domańska, Polish pianist and educator 1959 - Meral Okay, Turkish actress, producer, and screenwriter 1960 - Lee Hall, English playwright and screenwriter 1960 - Dave Hemingway, English singer-songwriter and drummer 1960 - Deborah Roberts, American journalist 1961 - Lisa Bloom, American lawyer and journalist 1961 - Caroline Flint, English politician, Minister of State for Europe 1961 - Erwin Koeman, Dutch retired football player and coach 1962 - Jim Al-Khalili, Iraqi-English physicist, author, and academic 1963 - Anil Dalpat, Pakistani cricketer 1964 - Randy Bradbury, American bass player 1965 - Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen, Danish badminton player 1966 - Nuno Bettencourt, Portuguese singer-songwriter and guitarist 1967 - Roger Anderson, American wrestler 1967 - Martin Harrison, American football player 1967 - Kristen Johnston, American actress 1967 - Gunnar Nelson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1967 - Matthew Nelson, American singer-songwriter and bass player 1968 - Ijaz Ahmed, Pakistani cricketer and coach 1968 - Leah Pinsent, Canadian actress 1968 - Darrell Russell, American race car driver 1968 - Philippa Forrester, English television and radio presenter, producer and author 1969 - Patrick Pentland, Irish-Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer 1969 - Tim Rogers, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist 1969 - Ben Shepherd, American musician and songwriter 1969 - Richard Witschge, Dutch footballer and coach 1970 - N'Bushe Wright, American actress and dancer 1971 - Todd Blackadder, New Zealand rugby player and coach 1971 - Masashi Hamauzu, Japanese pianist and composer 1971 - Henrik Larsson, Swedish footballer and manager 1971 - Dominika Peczynski, Swedish singer and television host 1972 - Victor Ponta, Romanian jurist and politician, 63rd Prime Minister of Romania 1973 - Ronald McKinnon, American football player 1973 - Jo Pavey, English runner 1975 - Asia Argento, Italian actress 1975 - Joel Gertner, American wrestling announcer 1975 - Juan Pablo Montoya, Colombian race car driver 1975 - Jason Robinson, American saxophonist and composer 1976 - Ainsley Earhardt, American political commentator 1977 - Chris Mooney, American journalist and academic 1978 - Jason Bay, Canadian-American baseball player 1978 - Patrizio Buanne, Austrian-Italian singer-songwriter and producer 1978 - Héctor Camacho Jr., Puerto Rican-American boxer 1978 - Dante Hall, American football player 1978 - Scott Minto, Australian rugby league player 1980 - Vladimir Karpets, Russian cyclist 1981 - Feliciano López, Spanish tennis player 1981 - David McMillan, American football player 1981 - Ryan Tandy, Australian rugby league player 1981 - Jordan Tata, American baseball player 1982 - Jason Bacashihua, American ice hockey player 1982 - Aaron Burkart, German race car driver 1982 - Brian Fortuna, American dancer and choreographer 1982 - Inna Osypenko-Radomska, Ukrainian-born sprint kayaker 1982 - Sexy Star, Mexican wrestler 1982 - Athanasios Tsigas, Greek footballer 1983 - Freya Ross, Scottish runner 1983 - Ángel Sánchez, Puerto Rican-American baseball player 1984 - Brian Joubert, French figure skater 1985 - Ian Desmond, American baseball player 1985 - Mami Yamasaki, Japanese model and actress 1986 - Hayato Fujita, Japanese wrestler 1986 - Aldis Hodge, American actor 1986 - İbrahim Kaş, Turkish footballer 1986 - Jason Nightingale, New Zealand rugby league player 1987 - Gain, South Korean singer 1987 - Jack Lawless, American drummer 1987 - Tito Tebaldi, Italian rugby player 1988 - Sergei Bobrovsky, Russian ice hockey player 1988 - Ayano Ōmoto, Japanese singer and dancer 1988 - Ryan Simpkins, Australian rugby league player 1990 - Phillip Phillips, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1990 - John Tavares, Canadian ice hockey player 1991 - Isaac Cofie, Ghanaian footballer 1992 - Michał Żyro, Polish footballer 1993 - Julian Draxler, German footballer 1995 - Laura Dekker, Dutch sailor 1995 - Rob Holding, English footballer 1996 - Ioana Loredana Roșca, Romanian tennis player Deaths 855 - Gozbald, bishop of Würzburg 1085 - Hermann II, Count Palatine of Lotharingia 1190 - Adelog of Hildesheim, German bishop 1241 - Conrad II of Salzwedel, German nobleman and bishop 1246 - Michael of Chernigov 1266 - Jan Prandota, Bishop of Kraków 1328 - Ibn Taymiyyah, Syrian theologian and scholar 1384 - Louis I, Duke of Anjou 1440 - Frederick I, Elector of Brandenburg 1460 - Gilles Binchois, Flemish composer 1492 - Anne Neville, Countess of Warwick 1501 - Agostino Barbarigo, Doge of Venice 1501 - Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset, stepson of Edward IV of England 1533 - Veit Stoss, German sculptor 1537 - Pavle Bakić, medieval Serb monarch; last Serb Despot 1565 - Cipriano de Rore, Flemish composer and teacher 1586 - Sir Anthony Babington, English Catholic conspirator 1586 - Chidiock Tichborne, English conspirator and poet 1590 - Lodovico Agostini, Italian priest, composer, and scholar 1625 - Heinrich Meibom, German historian and poet 1627 - Jan Gruter, Dutch scholar and critic 1639 - Johannes Meursius, Dutch historian and scholar 1643 - Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount Falkland, English soldier and politician, Secretary of State for England 1684 - Kim Seok-ju, Korean scholar and politician 1793 - Fletcher Christian, English lieutenant and mutineer 1803 - Robert Emmet, Irish commander 1815 - Nicolas Desmarest, French geologist and scholar 1839 - Sir Thomas Hardy, 1st Baronet, English admiral 1840 - José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia, Paraguayan lawyer and politician, Consul of Paraguay 1845 - Matvei Gedenschtrom, Russian explorer and public servant 1852 - Philander Chase, American bishop and educator, founded Kenyon College 1855 - José Trinidad Reyes, Honduran priest and educator 1863 - Jacob Grimm, German philologist and mythologist 1884 - Leopold Fitzinger, Austrian zoologist and author 1898 - Theodor Fontane, German author and poet 1906 - Robert R. Hitt, American politician, 13th United States Assistant Secretary of State 1908 - Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist and composer 1927 - George Nichols, American actor, director, and screenwriter 1930 - Gombojab Tsybikov, Russian anthropologist and explorer 1932 - Francisco S. Carvajal, Mexican lawyer and politician, president 1914 1933 - Annie Besant, English theosophist and activist 1939 - Paul Bruchési, Canadian archbishop 1945 - Augusto Tasso Fragoso, Brazilian politician, President of Brazil 1945 - William Seabrook, American occultist, journalist, and explorer 1945 - Eduard Wirths, German physician 1947 - Fiorello H. La Guardia, American lawyer and politician, 99th Mayor of New York City 1947 - Jantina Tammes, Dutch biologist, geneticist, and academic 1957 - Heino Kaski, Finnish pianist and composer 1957 - Jean Sibelius, Finnish violinist and composer 1970 - Alexandros Othonaios, Greek general and politician, 126h Prime Minister of Greece 1971 - Giorgos Seferis, Greek poet and diplomat, Nobel Prize laureate 1971 - James Westerfield, American actor 1972 - Pierre-Henri Simon, French historian and author 1973 - Jim Croce, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1975 - Saint-John Perse, French poet and diplomat, Nobel Prize laureate 1979 - Ludvík Svoboda, Czech general and politician, 8th President of Czechoslovakia 1984 - Steve Goodman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1985 - Helen MacInnes, Scottish-American librarian and author 1987 - Michael Stewart, American playwright and composer 1993 - Erich Hartmann, German soldier and pilot 1994 - Abioseh Nicol, Sierra Leonean physician, academic, and diplomat 1994 - Jule Styne, American composer 1996 - Paul Erdős, Hungarian-Polish mathematician and academic 1996 - Reuben Kamanga, Zambian politician, 1st Vice-President of Zambia 1996 - Paul Weston, American pianist, composer, and conductor 1999 - Robert Lebel, Canadian businessman 2000 - Gherman Titov, Russian general, pilot, and astronaut 2002 - Sergei Bodrov Jr., Russian actor, director, and screenwriter 2003 - Simon Muzenda, Zimbabwean politician, 1st Vice-President of Zimbabwe 2003 - Gareth Williams, Baron Williams of Mostyn, Welsh lawyer and politician, Lord President of the Council 2004 - Brian Clough, English footballer and manager 2004 - Townsend Hoopes, American soldier and historian 2005 - Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian human rights activist, Holocaust survivor 2006 - Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor 2006 - Sven Nykvist, Swedish director, producer, and cinematographer 2006 - John W. Peterson, American pilot and songwriter 2007 - Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer 2010 - Leonard Skinner, American soldier and educator 2011 - Oscar Handlin, American historian and author 2011 - Burhanuddin Rabbani, Afghan academic and politician, 10th President of Afghanistan 2012 - Fortunato Baldelli, Italian cardinal 2012 - Richard H. Cracroft, American author and academic 2012 - Tereska Torrès, French soldier and author 2013 - James B. Vaught, American general 2013 - Gilles Verlant, Belgian journalist and critic 2014 - Anatoly Berezovoy, Russian colonel, pilot, and cosmonaut 2014 - Polly Bergen, American actress and singer 2014 - Takako Doi, Japanese scholar and politician 2014 - George Sluizer, French-Dutch director, producer, and screenwriter 2015 - Mario Caiano, Italian director, producer, and screenwriter 2015 - Jagmohan Dalmiya, Indian businessman 2015 - Jack Larson, American actor 2016 - Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter 2016 - Peter Leo Gerety, American bishop Holidays and observances Christian feast day: * Agapitus * Eustace * Evilasius * Fausta of Cyzicus * Glycerius of Milan * Jean-Charles Cornay * John Coleridge Patteson * José Maria de Yermo y Parres * Korean Martyrs, including Andrew Kim Taegon and Laurent-Marie-Joseph Imbert * Theodore, Philippa and companions * Vincent Madelgarius * September 20 Constitution Day Independence Day of South Ossetia National Youth Day Oil Workers' Day Universal Children's Day
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