On Your Birthday: October 20



1803 – The U.S. Senate approved the Louisiana Purchase.

1818 – The boundary between the United States and Canada is defined as the 49th parallel.

1873 – A Hippodrome was opened in New York City by showman Phineus T. (P.T.) Barnum.

1879 – Thomas A. Edison invented a workable electric light in his laboratory in Menlo Park, NJ.

1910 – For the first time in a World Series game, a baseball with a cork center was used.

1913 – Camel cigarettes were introduced for the first time.

1917 – American troops saw action in World War I for the first time.

1918 – Margaret Owen set the manual typing record at 170 words per minute.

1947 – Hollywood came under scrutiny as the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence within the motion picture industry.

1948 – Facsimile high-seed radio transmissions were demonstrated.

1959 – The Guggenheim Museum, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, opened in New York, NY.

1968 – Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis.

1973 – The television show “The Six Million Dollar Man” premiered on ABC.

1977 – Three members of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed when their chartered plane crashed near McComb, MS.

1979 – The John F. Kennedy Library in Boston was dedicated.

1993 – Attorney General Janet Reno warned the TV industry to limit the violence in their programs.

1994 – The website WhiteHouse.gov was launched.

1997 – President Bill Clinton’s administration endorsed a revised Republican bill to restructure the Internal Revenue Services and shifted the burden of proof from the taxpayer to the government in contested court cases.

1998 – A Florida judge issues a warrant for the arrest of Bobby Brown after the singer violates his probation by showing up drunk and high to begin serving a five-day sentence for drunk driving.

2001 – Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, The Who, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Bon Jovi, Goo Goo Dolls, Elton John, Five for Fighting, John Mellencamp and others perform at the six-hour Concert for New York City at Madison Square Garden. More than five-thousand police officers and firemen attend the benefit for the families of police and firemen killed on September 11th.

2003 – A 40-year-old man went over Niagara Falls without safety devices and survived. He was charged with illegally performing a stunt.

2003 – The D.C. sniper trial opens in Virginia. John A. Muhammad serves as his own defense.



William Christopher 1932 – Actor (Played Father Mulcahy on TV’s “M*A*S*H”, “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”)

Wanda Jackson 1937 – Singer

Dolores Hart 1938 – Actress, Nun (Co-starred with Elvis Presley in “Loving You and King Creole”, “Where the Boys Are))

Tom Petty 1950 – Musician (Traveling Wilburys)

Al Greenwood 1951 – Keyboard player (Foreigner)

Melanie Mayron 1952 – Actress (Played Melissa on TV’s “thirtysomething”)

Danny Boyle 1956 – Director (“Slumdog Millionaire”, “Steve Jobs”, “127 Hours”, “28 Days Later”, “Sunshine”, “Trainspotting”, “Trance”)

Viggo Mortensen 1958 – Actor (“Eastern Promises”, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Appaloosa”, “A History of Violence”, “A Perfect Murder”, “GI Jane”)

Eric Scott 1958 – Actor (Played Ben Walton on TV’s “The Waltons”)

James G. Sonefeld 1964 – Musician (Hootie & the Blowfish)

Fred Coury 1967 – Drummer (Cinderella)

Snoop Dogg 1971 – Rapper, actor (“Starsky and Hutch”)

John Krasinski 1979 – Actor (TV’s “The Office” movies “It’s Complicated”, “Something Borrowed”, “License to Wed”)



Brandied Fruit Day

Conflict Resolution Day

Get Smart About Credit Day

Information Overload Day

International Sloth Day

Suspender’s Day

Waiters Day


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