Day Wise History - On This Day - 20 November - SSC EXAM LIVE

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Day Wise History - On This Day - 20 November


Historical Events on November 20

  • 284 Roman soldier Diocletian proclaimed Emperor by the army
  • 762 Bögü, Khan of the Uyghurs, conquers Lo-Yang, capital of the Chinese Empire
  • 1168 Giovanni di Struma elected anti-Pope
  • 1194 Palermo, Sicily, is conquered by Emperor Henry VI
  • 1272 Edward I proclaimed King of England after death of his father, Henry III. He would take two years to return to England from the Ninth Crusade.
  • 1342 Pope Clemens VI names John IV of Arkel as bishop of Utrecht
  • 1347 Cola di Rienzo, later Roman Tribunal, addressess a meeting of on the Capitol during people's revolt in Rome
  • 1407 A truce between John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy and Louis of Valois, Duke of Orléans is agreed under the auspices of John, Duke of Berry. Orléans would be assassinated three days later by Burgundy.
  • 1431 First meeting of Order of the Golden Fleece
  • 1520 Friesland hit by heavy hail storm
  • 1521 Arabs attribute shortage of water in Jerusalem to Jews making wine
  • 1583 Duke of Parma conquers Aalst
  • 1616 Bishop Richelieu becomes French minister of Foreign affairs/War
  • 1637 Peter Minuit & 1st Swedish immigrants to Delaware sail from Sweden
  • 1695 Zumbi, the last King of the Quilombo dos Palmares in early Brazil and ex-slave, is executed and decapitated, his head displayed on a pike to dispel any legends of his immortality
  • 1719 Sweden & Hannover sign peace Treaty of Stockholm
  • 1755 English minister William Pitt the Elder resigns
  • 1759 -22] Battle in Bay of Quiberon, British beat French
  • 1789 New Jersey is 1st state to ratify Bill of Rights
  • 1795 Curacao government forbids slave work on Sunday
  • 1805 Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio", his only opera, premieres in Vienna
  • 1815 Second Treaty of Paris: France and her allies agree France will pay indemnities after Battle of Waterloo, ending the Napoleonic Wars
  • 1815 Russia, Prussia, Austria and England sign an Alliance "for the maintenance of peace in Europe" on the same day as the Treaty of Paris
  • 1817 First Seminole War begins in Florida
  • 1829 Jews expelled from Nikolayev & Sevastopol Russia
  • 1852 Charles Reade/Tom Taylor's "Masks & Faces" premieres in London
  • 1861 Secession ordinance is filed by Kentucky's Confederate government.
  • 1862 Confederate armies of Mississippi and Kentucky merge as Army of Tennessee, under General Braxton Bragg
  • 1866 First national convention of Grand Army of Republic (veterans' org)
  • 1866 Howard University founded (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1866 Pierre Lallement patents rotary crank bicycle
  • 1886 Sherlock Holmes's first story "A Study in Scarlet" is accepted by publisher Ward and Lock with payment of £25
  • 1888 Willard Bundy patents timecard clock
  • 1889 Gustav Mahler's 1st Symphony
  • 1890 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Slavery in the Missions"
  • 1894 US intervenes in Bluefields, Nicaragua
  • 1901 Opera "Grisélidis" is produced (Paris)
  • 1902 Geo Lefevre and Henri Desgrange create Tour de France bicycle race
  • 1906 George Bernard Shaw's "Doctor's Dilemma" premieres in London
  • 1909 Jack Williams of Ottawa Rough Riders kicks 9 singles in a game
  • 1910 Revolution broke out in Mexico, led by Francisco I Madero
  • 1911 Gustav Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" (Song of the Earth) premieres in Munich
  • 1911 The funeral of Paul and Laura Lafargue (daughter of Karl Marx) in Paris is attended by Lenin; the two socialists died in a suicide pact in the belief that their political usefulness was at an end
  • 1914 US State Department starts requiring photographs for passports
  • 1915 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Hamilton Tigers win 2nd title; beat Toronto Rowing Association, 13-7
  • 1917 1st successful tank use in battle, at the Battle of Cambrai in World War I as Britain uses the new technology to break through German lines
  • 1917 Ukrainian Republic declared
  • 1919 1st municipally owned airport in US opens (Tucson Az)
  • 1922 Zoe Akins' "Texas Nightingale" premieres in NYC
  • 1923 Garrett Morgan patents his traffic signal design, an important development in automobile safety
  • 1923 Rentenmark replaces the Papiermark as the official currency of Germany at the exchange rate of one Rentenmark to One Trillion (One 1928 Boston Gardens opens, Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 1-0
  • 1928 WGH-AM in Newport News VA begins radio transmissions
  • 1929 First broadcast of "Goldbergs" on US radio
  • 1929 Salvador Dali's first one-man show
  • 1931 Commercial teletype service begins (AT&T)
  • 1932 Earthquake at Uden Netherlands
  • 1934 17 year old pitcher Eiji Sawamura gives up just 1 hit, a Lou Gehrig HR, as US All Stars beat Japan, 1-0
  • 1934 Lillian Hellman's "Children's Hour" premieres in NYC
  • 1934 New Belgian government of Theunis, Francqui & Gutt (3 bankers)
  • 1934 Toronto Maple Leaf Harvey Jackson is 1st to score 4 goals in a period
  • 1936 Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Falange is killed by a republican execution squad
  • 1938 1st documented anti-semitic remarks over US radio (by Father Coughlin)
  • 1940 World War II: Hungary, Romania and Slovakia join the Axis Powers
  • 1941 Adm Nomura & Kurusu hands over Japanese last diplomatic note
  • 1941 German "auxiliary cruiser" (armed merchant raider) Kormoran sinks near Australia
  • 1942 26th Soviet Armoured Corps recaptures Perelazovski
  • 1942 British 8th Army recaptures Benghazi, Libya
  • 1942 NHL abolishes regular season OT until WW II is over
  • 1943 U-538 sinks in Atlantic Ocean
  • 1943 US forces land on Tarawa & Makin Atoll in Gilbert Island
  • 1944 1st Japanese suicide submarine attack (Ulithi Atol, Carolines)
  • 1944 Amsterdam: Vondelpark closed because of kappen of trees
  • 1944 Prince Bernhard establishes staff in Breda
  • 1945 The Nuremberg war trials begin as 24 Nazi leaders are put on trial before judges representing the victorious Allied powers
  • 1945 Dmitri Shostakovich's 9th Symphony under J Mravinski premieres
  • 1945 Queen Wilhelmina opens Dutch parliament in Hague
  • 1946 Lillian Hellman's "Another Part of the Forest" premieres in NYC
  • 1947 1st permanent TV installed on seagoing vessel (New Jersey)
  • 1947 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Mediator Dei
  • 1947 UN General assembly begins debate on printing their own stamps
  • 1948 US balloon reaches height of 42.7 km (record)
  • 1949 Jewish population of Israel reaches 1,000,000
  • 1951 Snowdonia becomes a British National Park
  • 1952 Cubs slugger Hank Sauer wins NL MVP
  • 1952 George Axelrod's "Seven Year Itch" premieres in NYC
  • 1952 Slánský trials begin - a series of Stalinist and anti-Semitic show trials in Czechoslovakia.
  • 1953 Scott Crossfield in Douglas Skyrocket, 1st to break Mach 2 (1,300 MPH)
  • 1954 KTRK TV channel 13 in Houston, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 Kripal Singh scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, India v NZ
  • 1955 Polly Umrigar scores India's 1st Test Cricket double century, 223 v NZ
  • 1957 Morton Wishengrad's "Rope Dancers" premieres in NYC
  • 1959 UN adopts Universal Declaration of Children's Rights
  • 1959 WABC fires Alan Freed over payola scandal
  • 1960 Australian driver Jack Brabham finishes 4th in season-ending US Grand Prix at Riverside Raceway to retain his F1 World Drivers Championship by 9 points from Bruce McLaren of New Zealand
  • 1961 WPLG TV channel 10 in Miami, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 Mickey Mantle wins AL MVP for the 3rd time
  • 1962 USSR agrees to remove bombers from Cuba, & US lifts blockade
  • 1964 Dmitri Shostakovich's 9th/10th String Quartet premieres in Moscow
  • 1965 "Pickwick" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 1965 UN Security council calls for boycott of Rhodesia
  • 1965 WCNY TV channel 24 in Syracuse, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 "Cabaret" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1166 performances
  • 1966 Dallas sacks Pittsburgh QBs an NFL record 12 times
  • 1966 Men in Zurich vote against female suffrage
  • 1967 At 11 AM, Census Clock at Department of Commerce ticks past 200 million
  • 1967 Mets pitcher Tom Seaver (16-12) is named NL Rookie of Year
  • 1968 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1968 2nd Country Music Association Award: Glen Campbell and Tammy Wynette win
  • 1969 Alcatraz Island off SF, is seized by militant Native Americans
  • 1969 Gundappa Viswanath scores 137 on Test Cricket debut v Australia Kanpur
  • 1969 Brazilian soccer icon Pele scores his 1,000th goal
  • 1969 SF Giant Willie McCovey edges Tom Seaver as NL MVP
  • 1970 UN General Assembly accepts membership of People's Republic of China
  • 1971 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1971 21st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • 1972 2 British soldiers are killed in a booby trap bomb in Cullyhanna, County Armagh
  • 1974 Rangers' Jeff Burroughs wins AL MVP
  • 1974 The US files antitrust suit to break-up AT&T
  • 1975 Ronald Reagan announces candidacy for Republican nomination for US President
  • 1976 George Harrison appears on "Saturday Night Live"
  • 1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the 1st Arab leader to address Israeli Knesset
  • 1977 Walter Payton (Bears) rushes for NFL record 275 yards
  • 1977 27th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cale Yarborough wins
  • 1979 Sji'ieten occupies great mosque of Mecca, 100s killed
  • 1979 US's 1st artificial blood transfusion occurs at University of Minnesota Hospital
  • 1980 Steve Ptacek in Solar Challenger makes 1st solar-powered flight
  • 1980 United Artists withdraws $44 million movie "Heaven's Gate" for re-editing
  • 1980 United Nations Gulf War mediator Olof Palme makes first unsuccessful peace shuttle between Tehran and Baghdad
  • 1981 Russian Anatoly Karpov retains world chess championship
  • 1981 Burundi adopts its constitution
  • 1981 El Salvador guerrilla group FMLN opens "limited offensive"
  • 1981 Ringo Starr releases "Stop & Smell Roses" album
  • 1982 Drew Barrymore at age 7 hosts "Saturday Night Live"
  • 1983 "Marilyn: An American Fable" opens at Minskoff NYC for 16 performances
  • 1983 100 million watch ABC TV movie "The Day After" about nuclear war
  • 1983 Cleveland Browns shutout Patriots 30-0
  • 1983 NY Giants Butch Woolfolk ties NFL record of 43 attempts rushing
  • 1983 "Terms of Endearment" from the book by Larry McMurtry, directed by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger premieres in New York (Best Picture 1984)
  • 1983 33rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bobby Allison wins
  • 1984 McDonald's makes its 50 billionth hamburger
  • 1984 Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1984 SETI Institute (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) is founded.
  • 1985 NY Yankee Don Mattingly easily wins AL MVP
  • 1985 Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released
  • 1986 Afghanistan President Babrak Karmal flees
  • 1986 World Health Organization announces first global effort to combat AIDS
  • 1988 Boston College beats Army 38-24 in the 'Emerald isle Classic' at Dublin's Lansdowne Road Stadium, the first NCAA American Football game to be played in Europe
  • 1988 "Les Miserables" opens a Bus & Truck tour in Tampa
  • 1988 38th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bill Elliott wins
  • 1988 Argentine tennis star Gabriela Sabatini beats Pam Shriver 7–5, 6–2, 6–2 to win her first WTA Tour Championship at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1989 Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Robin Yount wins AL MVP
  • 1990 Oakland's Rickey Henderson wins AL MVP
  • 1990 Sacramento Kings last NBA win on the road for over a year
  • 1990 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher fails to defeat Michael Heseltine's bid for leadership of the Conservative Party
  • 1990 US 68th manned space mission STS 38 (Atlantis 7) returns from space
  • 1990 Saddam Hussein announces plans to release German hostages
  • 1990 Soviet Union shows reluctance to endorse the use of force against Iraq
  • 1991 Atlanta Braves Terry Pendleton wins NL MVP
  • 1992 Queen Elizabeth's home Windsor Castle catches fire
  • 1992 Home crowd favourite Boris Becker claims his 2nd ATP Tour World Championship tennis title beating American Jim Courier 6–4, 6–3, 7–5 in the final in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1993 Jakovlev-42 crashes into mountain at Ohrid Macedonia, 116 killed
  • 1993 Winnie Mandela's driver and bodyguard murdered in Johannesburg
  • 1993 Savings and Loan scandal: The United States Senate Ethics Committee issues a stern censure of California senator Alan Cranston for his "dealings" with savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating.
  • 1994 "Flying Karamzov Brothers..." opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances
  • 1994 "Shadow Box" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • 1994 Kosmos 2294/2295/2296 launches
  • 1994 Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign the Lusaka Protocol in Zambia, ending 19 years of civil war
  • 1994 Unseeded Argentine tennis star Gabriela Sabatini claims WTA Tour Championship with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over American Lindsay Davenport at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1994 American tennis star Pete Sampras beats Boris Becker 4–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4 to win his second ATP Tour World Championship title in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1995 "Beatles' Anthology, Vol 1" released
  • 1995 "Racing Demon" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 1995 FDA approves new therapy for use as an initial AIDS treatment, 3TC
  • 1995 Princess Diana admits she cheated on Prince Charles in a TV interview
  • 1995 STS 74 (Atlantis 15), lands
  • 1997 "Ivanov" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 51 performances
  • 1997 Flyers Eric Lindros tries to bite San Jose defenseman Marty McSorley
  • 1997 Last original Florida Marlin, Jeff Conine, traded to KC Royals
  • 1997 Mavericks' A C Green sets NBA record of 907 consecutive games played
  • 1997 NY Islanders lose, beginning a 10 game losing streak
  • 1997 Yohannes Haile-Selassie discovers the partial skull of a 2.5 million year old human ancestor, confirming and establishing the new species Australopithecus garhi, in Bouri, Middle Awash, Ethiopia
  • 1997 Iraq's Revolution Command Council formally endorses an agreement, arranged by Russia, that enables UN weapons inspection teams
  • 1998 Court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden "a man without a sin" in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania
  • 1998 First module of the International Space Station, Zarya, is launched
  • 2000 52nd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bobby Labonte wins
  • 2001 US President George W. Bush dedicates the US Department of Justice headquarters the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, on what would have been his 76th birthday
  • 2001 Josh Groban releases his debut album "Josh Groban"
  • 2002 "Die Another Day", 20th James Bond film released, directed by Lee Tamahori, starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry
  • 2003 After the November 15 bombings, a second day of the 2003 Istanbul Bombings occurs in Istanbul, Turkey, destroying the Turkish head office of HSBC Bank AS and the British consulate.
  • 2005 57th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart wins
  • 2005 David Nalbandian of Argentina outlasts defending champion Roger Federer 6–7, 6–7, 6–2, 6–1, 7–6 in Shanghai, China to win his only career season-ending Tennis Masters Cup title
  • 2006 Moises Alou signs a one year-contract with the New York Mets worth $7.5 million
  • 2006 58th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jimmie Johnson wins
  • 2008 After critical failures in the US financial system began to build up after mid-September, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level since 1997.
  • 2009 The Mexican government declares its economy technically out of recession after 2.93% GDP growth in the third quarter of 2009; Mexico had been in a severe economic crisis for over a year prior to its economic rebound
  • 2011 38th American Music Awards: Adele, Bruno Mars & Taylor Swift win
  • 2012 Toshiba unveils a robot designed to help in nuclear disasters
  • 2013 Ben Bradlee is presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony
  • 2013 US President Barack Obama posthumously awards civil rights activist Bayard Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • 2014 Nearly 5 million illegal migrants in the US have the threat of deportation deferred, after President Barack Obama announces sweeping immigration changes
  • 2015 More than half of all trees in Amazon forest at risk of extinction according to data published in journal "Sciences Advances"
  • 2015 "25" 3rd studio album by Adele is released (Grammy Award for Album of the Year 2017, 2016 Billboard Album of the Year)
  • 2016 South Korean President Park Geun-hye's controversial friend Choi Soon-sil charged with abuse of authority and coercion amid calls to also impeach the President
  • 2016 Jimmie Johnson driving for Hendrick Motorsports, wins Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida to claim record equalling 7th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; Richard Petty & Dale Earnhardt, 7 titles
  • 2016 Scotsman Andy Murray breaks through for a first season-ending ATP World Tour Finals tennis title with a 6-3, 6-4 win in London over 5-time defending champion Novak Đoković
  • 2017 Investment corporation Tencent's market value hits $511 billion, - first Asian company to join the $500 billion club
  • 2017 German Chancellor Angela Merkel announces that coalition talks to form a government have collapsed
  • 2017 Atlanta's Georgia Dome, once the world's largest covered stadium, is destroyed in a controlled implosion
  • 2018 Sell-off in technology stocks leads stock market losses wiping out all 2018 market gains
  • 2018 Airbnb bans listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank
  • 2018 More than 40 religious scholars killed, at event to mark birth of prophet Mohammed, by a suicide bomber near the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 2018 Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan confirms he has paid off the debts of 1,398 farmers worth $560,000, amid Indian agricultural crisis
  • 2018 Mississippi 15 week abortion ban overturned by US judge saying it violated women's constitutional rights
  • 2018 South African golfer Gary Player receives PGA recognition for his 3 Senior British Open wins (1988, 90, 97) from before event recognised as a major title (2003); takes him to 9 Senior majors

Famous Birthdays on November 20

  • 270 Maximinus, Roman Emperor (d. 313)
  • 1327 Bassui Tokusho, Zen founder (Kogakuji monastery in Nakamura Japan)
  • 1606 Abraham de Wicquefort, Dutch diplomat/historian
  • 1620 Peregrine White, First English child born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, born aboard the Mayflower (d. 1704)
  • 1621 Avvakum, Russian priest and writer (d. 1682)
  • 1625 Artus II Quellinus "the Young", Flemish sculptor, baptised
  • 1625 Paulus Potter, Dutch painter (d. 1654)
  • 1652 Romanus Weichlein, composer
  • 1660 Daniel Ernst Jablonski, German theologian (d. 1741)
  • 1726 Oliver Wolcott, American judge, signed US Declaration of Independence, born in Windsor, Connecticut (d. 1797) [NS=Dec 1]
  • 1750 Tipu Sultan, Indian ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore, born in Devanahalli, Bangalore, India (d. 1799)
  • 1752 Thomas Chatterton, English poet (Christabel)
  • 1757 Giovanni Battista Gaiani, composer
  • 1759 Nikolaus Paul Zmeskall, Hungarian cellist and composer, baptized in Leštiny (d. 1833)
  • 1761 Pius VIII, [Francesco S Castiglioni], Italian 253rd Pope (1829-30)
  • 1762 Pierre André Latreille, French entomologist (d. 1833)
  • 1765 Friedrich Heinrich Himmel, composer
  • 1765 Sir Thomas Fremantle, British naval captain (d. 1819)
  • 1766 John Wall Calcott, composer
  • 1781 Karl F Eichhorn, German law historian
  • 1802 James Lawrence Lardner, Comm (Union Navy), (d. 1881)
  • 1830 Patrick Henry Jones, Irish-American lawyer, Postmaster of New York City, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in County Westmeath, Republic of Ireland (d. 1900)
  • 1834 Franjo Zaver Kuhac, composer
  • 1836 John Thomas Croxton, American attorney, diplomat, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Paris, Kentucky, (d. 1874)
  • 1838 William Painter, American inventor (crown cork bottle cap and opener), born in Ireland (d. 1906)
  • 1839 Christian Wilberg, German painter (d. 1882)
  • 1841 Wilfrid Laurier, 7th Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 1896-1911), born in Saint-Lin, Quebec (d. 1918)
  • 1841 Victor D'Hondt, Belgian mathematician (d. 1901)
  • 1850 Arthur Goring Thomas, English composer
  • 1851 Queen Margherita of Italy (d. 1926)
  • 1855 Josiah Royce, American philosopher (Conception of Immortality), born in Grass Valley, California (d. 1916)
  • 1858 Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish author and Nobel laureate (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils), born in Mårbacka, Värmland (d. 1940)
  • 1862 Willem H Vliegen, Dutch typographer/co-founder/chairman (SDAP)
  • 1863 Maria H "Mina" Beersmans, Flemish actress (Black Griet) and wife of John Dilis, born (d. 1939)
  • 1864 Gerard W Kernkamp, Dutch historian/editor (Groene Amsterdammer)
  • 1866 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, judge/1st commissioner of baseball
  • 1867 Vicente Ripolles, composer
  • 1869 Clark Griffith, Mo, baseball player and manager (NY Yankees)
  • 1871 William H Kilpatrick, American mathematician/philosopher/educator
  • 1873 Daniel Gregory Mason, composer (Chanticker), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • 1874 James Michael Curley, 53rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • 1879 Franz Pfemfert, writer
  • 1880 George McBride, American MLB shortstop/manager (AL fielding leader 1912-15), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1973)
  • 1882 Andy Coakley, baseball player and long-time coach at Columbia University (d. 1963)
  • 1884 Norman Thomas, American socialist, pacifist and presidential candidate (1928-48), born in Marion Ohio (d. 1968)
  • 1886 Karl von Frisch, zoologist/bee expert (Nobel 1973)
  • 1889 Edwin Hubble, American astronomer (discoverer of galaxies, red shift), born in Marshfield, Missouri (d. 1953)
  • 1890 Jean-Jacques Gailliard, Belgian painter
  • 1890 Robert Armstrong, American actor (Mighty Joe Young, King Kong), born in Saginaw, Michigan (1973)
  • 1891 Leon Cadore, pitcher (pitched all of 26 inning game)
  • 1891 Reginald Denny Richmond England, actor (Rebecca, Cat Ballou, Batman)
  • 1892 James B Collip, Canadian biochemist/physiologist (insulin)
  • 1894 Carl Mayer, Austrian-Jewish actor (Dreaming Lips, Ariane, Sunrise), born in Graz, Austria (d. 1944)
  • 1896 Mykhaylo Verikivsky, composer
  • 1896 Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian writer (d. 1977)
  • 1897 Lores Bonney, Australian aviator, 1st female solo flight Australia to UK, born in Pretoria, South Africa (d. 1994)
  • 1897 Margaret Sutherland, Australian composer (Haunted Hills; The Young Kabbarli), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1984)
  • 1899 Juan Vicente Lecuna, composer
  • 1900 Chester Gould, cartoonist (Dick Tracy)
  • 1902 Wolfgang Kunkel, German law historian
  • 1903 Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi, Pakistani historian and educationist (d. 1981)
  • 1904 Alexandra Danilova, ballet great
  • 1907 Fran Allison, American actress (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), born in La Porte City, Iowa (d. 1989)
  • 1907 Henri-Georges Clouzot, French director (Le salaire de la peur)
  • 1908 Alistair Cooke, TV host (Masterpiece Theatre), born in Manchester, England
  • 1909 Alan Bible, (Sen-D-Nev, 1954-74)
  • 1910 Pauli Murray, African American poet and civil rights activist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Willem Jacob van Stockum, Dutch physicist (d. 1944)
  • 1911 Jean Shiley, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1912 Otto von Habsburg, Austrian-German nobleman, head of the Habsburg house
  • 1913 Judy Canova, American comedian and actress (Cannonball), born in Starke, Florida (d. 1983)
  • 1914 Emilio Pucci, fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1954), born in Naples, Italy
  • 1915 Kon Ichikawa, Japan, director (Matatabi, Money Talks)
  • 1916 Ferdinand AM van der Ham, Dutch WW II resistance fighter
  • 1916 Robert A Bruce, MD, pioneer (exercise cardiology)
  • 1916 William John Elwyn Davies, painter
  • 1916 Evelyn Keyes, American actress (Adventure of Martin Eden), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1917 Max Georg Baumann, German composer (Libertas Cruciata), born in Kronbacher, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Pam Henningen [Cornelia CP Ingenegeren], Indonesian-Dutch dancer
  • 1917 Ram Gopal, Indies/English dancer (Blue Peter, Purple Plain)
  • 1917 Robert Byrd, US Senator (Democrat-WV, 1959-2010), majority leader and once the longest-serving Senator in history, born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1917 Bobby Locke, South African golfer (British Open 1949-50, 52, 57), born in Germiston, South Africa (d. 1987)
  • 1918 Dora Ratjen, German man possing as woman high jumper (Olympic 4th 1936)
  • 1919 Dulcie Gray, British singer, actress, author and lepidopterist (Mine Own Executioner), born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (d. 2011)
  • 1919 Halka Grossman, resistance fighter/politician
  • 1919 John McCarthy, composer
  • 1920 Armin Schibler, composer
  • 1920 Douglas Dick, American actor and psychologist (Rope, Waterfront), born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 2015)
  • 1921 Phyllis Thaxter, American actress (Nora, Fort Worth), born in Portland, Maine (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Jim Garrison, American district attorney, politician and judge, born in Denison, Iowa (d. 1992)
  • 1921 Daniel "Dan" Frazer, American actor (Kojak, Take the Money and Run), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Louis van Gasteren, Dutch actor and director (The House, De prijs van overleven), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Beryl Sprinkel, Missouri, economist (Council of Economic Advisers)
  • 1923 Nadine Gordimer, South African author (July's people, Nobel 1991), born in Springs, Transvaal, (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Serge Golovine, French ballet choreographer (Death of Narcissus), born in Monte-Carlo, Monaco (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Benoit Mandelbrot, mathematician (proved Zipf's law), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1925 June [Shirley L] Christy, American jazz singer (Tampico)
  • 1925 Maya Plisetskaya, Rusiian prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), born in Moscow
  • 1925 Robert F. Kennedy, American politician (D-Sen-NY, US Attorney General), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 1925 Kaye Ballard, American actress and comedienne (Kaye-Mothers-in-Law), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • 1926 Terry Hall, English ventriloquist (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Andrzej W. Schally, Polish-born endocrinologist, Nobel laureate
  • 1927 Estelle Parsons, American actress (Rachel Rachel, Bonnie & Clyde), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1928 Franklin Cover, American actor (Tom-The Jeffersons), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Rex Reason, American actor (This Island Earth, Man Without a Gun, Roaring 20s), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Aleksey Batalov, Russian actor named a People's Artist of the USSR (1976) and a Hero of Socialist Labour (1989), born in Vladimir, Soviet Union (d. 2017)
  • 1928 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), born in Corris, Gwynedd (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Don January, American golfer (PGA Championship 1967), born in Plainview Texas
  • 1929 Kenneth DeWitt Schermerhorn, conductor (Amer Ballet), born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1932 John Barnes Chance, composer
  • 1932 Richard Dawson, British-American actor, comedian, and game show host (Hogan's Heroes, Family Feud), born in Gosport, Hampshire (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Valentine J Peter, priest (Boy's Town 1985- ), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1936 Don DeLillo, American author (Underworld), born in New York City
  • 1937 Jack Linkletter, TV host (Haggis Baggis, Hootenanny), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1937 René Kollo, German tenor
  • 1937 Viktoriya Tokareva, Russian playwright
  • 1938 Tony White, cricketer (2 Tests WI v Australia 1965)
  • 1939 Dick Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Helma Sanders-Brahms, German director and writer (Apple Trees, Manoever), born in Emden, Lower Saxony, Germany
  • 1941 Dr. John [Malcolm John Rebennack], American musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1941 Gary Karr, American double-bassist (Oslo Philharmonic), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 Haseena Moin, Pakistani television drama writer and Urdu playwright
  • 1942 Bob Einstein, American comedian (Officer Judy, Super Dave Osborne), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1942 Joe Biden, American politician (Vice President: 2009-2017), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1942 Meredith Monk, American choreographer, composer (Atlas) and performing artist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Norman Greenbaum, American folk singer (Spirit in the Sky), born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • 1942 Paulos Faraj Rahho, Iraqi Chaldean Catholic bishop (d. 2008)
  • 1943 Lindsay Thomas, (Rep-D-GA, 1983- )
  • 1943 Veronica Hamel, actress (Joyce-Hill St Blues, 79 Park Ave), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1944 Anthea Stewart, Zimbabwe, field hockey coach/player (Olympic-1980)
  • 1945 Danny McBride, American musician (Sha Na Na), born in Somerville, Massachusetts (2009)
  • 1945 Rachid Mimouni, Algerian author, born in Boudouaou, Algeria (d. 1995)
  • 1945 Nanette Workman, American-born Canadian singer and actress
  • 1946 Duane Allman, American rock guitarist (Allman Brothers), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 1946 John "Blackfoot" Colbert, American singer (Soul Children, Taxi)
  • 1946 Judy Woodruff, American newscaster (McNeil Lehrer Report), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1946 Ray Stiles, English musician (Mud, The Hollies), born in Guildford
  • 1946 Greg Cook, American football player
  • 1946 Patriarch Kirill [Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev] Russian Orthodox church leader (2009-), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union
  • 1947 George Grantham, OK, rock drummer/vocalist (Poco)
  • 1947 Joe Walsh, American guitarist (Eagles-Take it Easy), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1948 Richard Masur, American actor (David-One Day at a Time), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Samuel E. Wright, American actor (Enos, Ball Four), born in Camden, South Carolina
  • 1948 John Bolton, American security advisor and diplomat (US Ambassador to UN), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1949 Juha Mieto, Finland, 15KM skier (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1949 Ray Vitte, American actor (Doc, Cody-Quest), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Thelma Drake, American politician
  • 1950 Gary Green, rocker (Gentle Giant)
  • 1951 David Walters, American politician
  • 1952 John Van Boxmeer, National Hockey League player
  • 1953 Greg Gibson, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1984), born in Stafford, Virginia
  • 1954 Frank Marino, Canadian rock guitarist (Mahogany Rush), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1954 Steve Dahl, American radio host, Chicago's anti-disco DJ (WLS-FM), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1954 Berit Andnor, Swedish politician
  • 1955 Thea Vidale, actress (Family Matters)
  • 1955 Timothy Kristian Charles Mace, British cosmonaut
  • 1956 Bo Derek, [Mary Collins], actress (10, Tarzan the Ape Man), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1956 Dan Powers, rock guitarist (Michael Stanley Band)
  • 1956 Mark Gastineau, NFL end (NY Jets, Pro Bowl 1981-85)
  • 1956 Sergei Gayevich Severin, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1957 Mike Craven, former English professional footballer
  • 1958 Rickson Gracie, Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist
  • 1959 Sean Young, American actress (Dune, Young Doctor in Love), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1959 James P. McGovern, American politician
  • 1960 Marc Labrèche, Canadian actor and television host
  • 1961 Tim Harvey, British racing driver
  • 1961 Larry Karaszewski, American screenwriter
  • 1961 Dave Watson, English footballer
  • 1962 Steve Alexander, rocker (Brother Beyond-Can You Keep a Secret)
  • 1963 Timothy Gowers, British mathematician
  • 1963 Ming-Na Wen, Macau-born actress (Mulan, ER, One Night Stand, As the World Turns), born in Coloane Island, Macau
  • 1964 John Maclean, Oshawa, NHL right wing (NJ Devils)
  • 1964 Ned Vaughn, actor (The Rescuer)
  • 1965 Mike D[iamond], American rap vocalist (Beastie Boys-You Gotta Fight), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Sen Dog, Cuban rapper (Cypress Hill)
  • 1965 Yoshiki Hayashi, Japanese musician (X Japan), born in Tateyama
  • 1966 Kevin Gilbert, American musician (d. 1996)
  • 1966 Jill Thompson, American comic book writer and artist
  • 1967 Alex Arias, American infielder (Florida Marlins), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Chris Childs, NBA guard (NJ Nets, NY Knicks)
  • 1967 Jeff Cotler, actor (Brian-Struck by Lightning), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1967 Teoman, Turkish rock singer
  • 1968 Jeff Tarango, American tennis player (famously defaults match 1995 Wimbledon), born in Manhattan Beach, California
  • 1968 Keith Rucker, NFL defensive tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • 1969 Chris Harris, cricketer (son of Zin NZ all-rounder in ODI's)
  • 1969 Konstantin Semyonov, Israel, Men's pole vaulter (Olympic 11th-1996)
  • 1969 Silvia Sommaggio, Italian 5k runner
  • 1969 Callie Thorne, American actor
  • 1970 Sabrina Lloyd, actress (Sliders)
  • 1970 Matt Blunt, American politician, Governor of Missouri (2005-2009), born in Greene County, Missouri
  • 1970 Delia Gonzalez, American-Mexican boxer, born in Anthony, New Mexico
  • 1970 Geoffrey Keezer, American jazz pianist, born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • 1970 Joe Zaso, American actor, born in Queens, New York City
  • 1970 Phife Dawg [Malik Taylor], American rapper (A Tribe called Quest), born in Queens, New York (d. 2016
  • 1971 Dion Nash, New Zealand cricketer (NZ right-arm medium-pacer 1992- ), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971 Joey Galloway, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks), born in Bellaire, Ohio
  • 1971 Robert Wijnands, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1971 Joel McHale, American actor and comedian, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1972 Riddick Parker, American football defensive tackle (New England Patriots), born in Emporia, Virginia
  • 1972 Trent Pollard, NFL guard (Cin Bengals), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1972 Yanick Dupre, NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1972 Sheema Kalbasi, Iranian born poet, born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1974 Brad Williams, Australian cricketer (Victoria & Young Australia fast bowler), born in Frankston, Australia
  • 1974 Jerald Moore, American football running back (St Louis Rams), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1974 Marissa Ryan, actress (Elizabeth MacGillis-Major Dad), born in Manhattan, New York City, New York
  • 1975 Dierks Bentley, American singer, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1975 J. D. Drew, American baseball player, born in Valdosta, Georgia
  • 1975 Davey Havok [David Paden Marchand], American singer (AFI), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1976 Dominique Dawes, American gymnast (Olympics-gold/brz-92, 96), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1976 Jason Thompson, Canadian actor, born in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
  • 1976 Theodoros Velkos, Greek badminton player, born in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
  • 1977 Rudy Charles [Dan Engler], American professional wrestling referee, born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 1977 Josh Turner, American singer (Long Black Train), born in Hannah, South Carolina
  • 1978 Ryan Leslie, American singer/songwriter, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1978 Freya Lin, Taiwanese singer, born in Taiwan
  • 1978 Nadine Velazquez, American actress and model, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1979 Ericson Alexander Molano, Colombian gospel singer, born in Pereira, Colombia
  • 1979 Maree Bowden, New Zealand netball player (15 caps, Silver Ferns), born in Clyde, New Zealand
  • 1980 James Chambers, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • 1981 Carlos Boozer, American basketball forward (2-time NBA All Star), born in Aschaffenburg, Germany
  • 1981 Kimberley Walsh, English singer (Girls Aloud), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1981 Scott Hutchinson, Scottish musician (Frightened Rabbit), born in Selkirk, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • 1982 Margo Stilley, American actress, born in Bear Creek, Wisconsin
  • 1984 Ferdinando Monfardini, Italian racing driver, born in Isola della Scala, Italy
  • 1985 Juan Cruz Álvarez, Argentine racing driver, born in Arrecifes, Argentina
  • 1985 Dan Byrd, American actor, born in Marietta, Georgia
  • 1986 Aaron Yan, Taiwanese singer and actor, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1986 Oli Sykes, English musician, born in Ashford, United Kingdom
  • 1986 Jared Followill, American alternative-rock backing vocalist and musician (Kings of Leon), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1989 Cody Linley, American actor, born in Lewisville, Texas
  • 1990 Sam Burton, English footballer, born in Swindon, United Kingdom
  • 1992 Ishimura Maiha, Japanese pop singer (Berryz Kobo), born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • 1999 Princess Sofia of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family
  • 1999 Prince Umberto of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family
  • 2000 Connie Talbot, English singer (Britain's Got Talent), born in Walsall, United Kingdom

Famous Deaths on November 20

  • 869 King Edmund of East Anglia
  • 967 Aboe al-Faradj al-Isfahani, Arabic author (Book of Liederen), dies
  • 1348 Stefano Colonna, Roman senator, dies in battle against Roman revolutionaries by Porta Tiburtina
  • 1437 Thomas Langley, bishop of Durham, cardinal and lord chancellor (b. 1363)
  • 1480 Eleonora van Austrian, translator, dies
  • 1518 Pierre de la Rue/Peter van Straten, Flemish composer, dies
  • 1518 Marmaduke Constable, English soldier
  • 1527 Wendelmoet "Weyntjen" Claesdochter, 1st Dutch woman burned as heretic
  • 1529 Karl von Miltitz, papal nuncio
  • 1591 Christopher Hatton, English politician (b. 1540)
  • 1612 John Harington, English writer (b. 1561)
  • 1651 Mikołaj Potocki, Polish soldier (b. 1595)
  • 1662 Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands (b. 1614)
  • 1669 Arnold Geulincx, Flemish philosopher (Cholera), dies at 45
  • 1675 Francisco de Moura y Cortereal, Span land guardian of Neth (1664-68)
  • 1678 Charles Dujardin, painter/etcher (Learned Dog), dies at about 56
  • 1704 Charles Plumier, French botanist (Frangipani genus Plumeria is named after him), dies at 58
  • 1713 Thomas Tompion, English clock maker (cylinder tunnel), dies at 74
  • 1737 Caroline of Ansbach, queen of Great-Britain, dies
  • 1741 Melchior de Polignac, French diplomat, Cardinal and poet, dies at 80
  • 1750 Wilhelmus Schortinghuis, theologist (Christian religion), dies at 50
  • 1758 Johan Helmich Roman, Swedish composer, conductor and violinist, dies at 64
  • 1764 Christian Goldbach, German mathematician, dies
  • 1778 Francesco Cetti, Italian Jesuit priest and scientist, dies at 52
  • 1827 Alexey Titov, Russian composer, dies at 58
  • 1851 Wenzel Sedlak, Bohemian clarinetist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1856 Farkas/Wolfgang Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician, dies at 81
  • 1863 James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin & Kincardine and Governor (Jamaica), dies at 52
  • 1882 Bela Albrecht Pal Keler, composer, dies at 62
  • 1882 Henry Draper, American amateur astronomer (photos of the Moon, Orion Nebula), dies of pleurisy at 45
  • 1887 Louis Gallait, Belgian historical painter (Egmont & Receiver), dies at 77
  • 1888 Nathaniel Currier, American lithographer (Currier & Ives), dies at 75
  • 1894 Anton Rubinstein, Russian composer (Dmitri Donskoi), dies at 64
  • 1898 John Fowler, English engineer (London Metropolitan Railway), dies
  • 1899 August Ahlqvist, Finnish poet (Suomalainen Runousoppi), dies at 63
  • 1903 Tom Horn, American gunfighter and outlaw, hanged to death at 42
  • 1908 Georgy Voronoy, Russian mathematician (Voronoi diagram), dies at 40
  • 1910 Leo Tolstoy [Lev Nikolayevich], Russian novelist (Anna Karenina, War & Peace), dies of pneumonia at 82
  • 1924 Ebenezer Cobb Morley, English sportsman (drafted first FA rules), dies at 93
  • 1925 Alexandra, Danish princess/Queen of Great Britain, dies at 80
  • 1927 Wilhelm Stenhammar [Carl Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammar], Swedish composer considered the finest Swedish pianist of his time, dies of a stroke at 56
  • 1934 Willem de Sitter, Dutch scientist and cosmologist (developed theoretical models of the universe based on Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity), dies at 62
  • 1935 John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe, British Admiral of the Fleet in World War I (Battle of Jutland), dies of pneumonia at 75
  • 1936 Jose A Primo de Rivera, Spanish lawyer and politician (founder of Spanish Falange), executed at 33
  • 1938 Enzo Matsunaga, Japanese writer (b. 1895)
  • 1938 Edwin Hall, American physicist (discovered Hall effect), dies at 83
  • 1938 Maud of Wales, Queen of Norway, spouse of King Haakon VII, dies at 68
  • 1939 Marie Joseph Leon Desire Paque, composer, dies at 72
  • 1944 Sekio Nishina, Japanese inventor (kaiten-suicide submarine), dies at 21
  • 1945 Francis William Aston, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1877)
  • 1947 Wolfgang Borchert, German writer, dies at 26
  • 1950 Francesco Cilea, Italian composer ( Adriana Lecouvreur), dies at 84
  • 1951 Thomas Quinlan (impresario) (b. 1881)
  • 1952 Benedetto Croce, Italian philosopher (La Critica), dies at 86
  • 1954 Clyde Cessna, American aviator and airplane manufacturer, dies at 74
  • 1957 Weldon Hart, American composer, commits suicide at 46
  • 1957 Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Russian-Lithuanian artist, dies at 82
  • 1959 Alfonso López Pumarejo, 16th President of Colombia (Liberal: 1934-38 and 1942-46) and statesman (President of UN security council 1948), dies at 73
  • 1960 Ya'akov Cahan, Hebrew poet and writer, dies at 79
  • 1962 Jasper McLevy, socialist mayor of Bridgeport Ct, dies
  • 1964 John Tasker Howard, composer, dies at 73
  • 1968 Cathy Lewis, actress (Deidre-Hazel), dies of cancer at 50
  • 1968 Helen Gardner, silent film actress (Sandra), dies
  • 1973 Allan Sherman, American parody singer and songwriter (Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah), dies from emphysema at 48
  • 1975 Francisco Franco, Spanish dictator (1936-75), dies at 82
  • 1976 Trofim Lysenko, Soviet biologist and agronomist, dies at 78
  • 1977 Maxie Wander, writer, dies
  • 1978 Vasilisk Gnedov, Russian poet (b. 1890)
  • 1978 Giorgio De Chirico, Italian painter (founded the scuola metafisica art movement), dies at 90
  • 1981 Rolf Bongs, German writer, dies at 74
  • 1982 [Catherine] Cassie Mackin, American newswoman (NBC TV) and 1st woman to regularly anchor an evening network newscast alone, dies of cancer at 43
  • 1983 Marcel Dalio [Israel Moshe Blauschild], French actor (Sabrina, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Casablanca), dies at 83
  • 1983 Richard Loo, actor, (China Sky), dies of cardio-pulmonary arrest
  • 1984 Alexander Moyzes, Slovak composer, dies at 78
  • 1984 Trygve Bratteli, Norwegian Prime Minister (Labour: 1971-72, 1973-76), dies at 74
  • 1985 Bill Scott, cartoon voice (Mr Peabody, Bullwinkle), dies at 65
  • 1986 William Bradford Huie, American writer and publisher, dies at 76
  • 1989 Lynn Bari [Margaret Schuyler Fisher], American actress (Shock, Nocturne, 6 Gun Law), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • 1991 Gina Petrushka, actress (Exorcist, Sybil), dies
  • 1992 John Foreman, producer (Prizzi's Honor), dies at 67 of heart attack
  • 1993 Christopher Frank, French writer, dies at 51
  • 1993 Emile Ardolino, American director (Dirty Dancing), dies at 50 of AIDs
  • 1994 John Lucarotti, scriptwriter, dies at 68
  • 1994 Ali-Akbar Sa'idi Sirjani, Iranian poet and journalist, dies at 64
  • 1995 Ahmed Abel-Wadoud Karadawi, academic/activist, dies at 50
  • 1995 Sergei Grinkov, figure skater (Olympic gold), dies of heart attack at 28
  • 1996 Bert Geoffrey Achong, electron microscopist, dies at 67
  • 1997 Gary Burris, murderer (Kenneth Chambers), executed in Indiana
  • 1997 Robert Palmer, rock critic, dies at 52
  • 1997 Dick Littlefield, baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 1998 Galina Starovoitova, Russian politician (b. 1946)
  • 1998 Meredith Gourdine, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1952), dies at 69
  • 1998 Dick Sisler. American baseball utility, coach and manager (Cincinnati Reds; MLB All Star 1950), dies at 78
  • 1999 Amintore Fanfani, Italian politician and prime minister (b. 1908)
  • 2000 Mike Muuss, American computer programmer (b. 1958)
  • 2000 Kalle Päätalo, Finnish novelist (Iijoki), dies at 81
  • 2003 Robert Addie, British actor (cancer) (b. 1960)
  • 2003 Loris Azzaro, French fashion designer (b. 1933)
  • 2003 David Dacko, first President of the Central African Republic (b. 1930)
  • 2003 Eugene Kleiner, American entrepreneur (b. 1923)
  • 2003 Roger Short, British Consulate General (b. 1944)
  • 2003 James "Jim" Siedow, American actor (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), dies from emphysema at 83
  • 2003 Kerem Yilmazer, Turkish actor (b. 1945)
  • 2004 David Grierson, Canadian radio host (b. 1955)
  • 2004 Jenny Ross, English musician (Section 25) (b. 1962)
  • 2005 Manouchehr Atashi, Persian poet, dies at 74
  • 2005 Sheldon Gardner, American psychologist (b. 1934)
  • 2005 Chris Whitley, American musician (b. 1960)
  • 2005 James King, American tenor, dies at 80
  • 2006 Robert Altman, American screenwriter, producer and director (The Player, M*A*S*H, Nashville), dies of complications from leukemia at 81
  • 2006 Zoia Ceauşescu, Romanian mathematician and daughter of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, dies of lung cancer at 57
  • 2006 Andre Waters, American football player (b. 1962)
  • 2007 Ian Smith, Prime Minister of Rhodesia (b. 1919)
  • 2008 Sven Inge, Swedish painter and modern artist (b. 1935)
  • 2009 Lino Lacedelli, Italian mountaineer (b. 1925)
  • 2009 Max Robertson, British sports commentator, dies at 94
  • 2010 Rob Lytle, American football player (b. 1954)
  • 2010 Laurie Bembenek, American convicted murderer and fugitive (b. 1958)
  • 2010 Danny McDevitt, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • 2010 Chalmers Johnson, American political scholar and author (b. 1931)
  • 2012 William Grut, Swedish pentathlete, dies at 98
  • 2013 Peter Griffiths, British politician (C), controversially won his seat (1964), dies at 85
  • 2013 Sylvia Browne, American author and self-proclaimed medium dubbed "America's most controversial psychic," dies at 77
  • 2015 Keith Michell, American actor and theatre director (6 Wives of Henry VIII), dies at 88
  • 2015 Jim Perry, American and Canadian tv host ($ale of the Century), dies at 82
  • 2016 William Trevor, Irish writer (Children of Dynmouth, Fools of Fortune), dies at 88
  • 2018 Aaron Klug, Lithuanian born British biochemist (Nobel prize for Chemistry 1982), dies at 92
  • 2018 Harald Heilmann, German composer, dies at 94

Famous Weddings on November 20

  • 1895 Businessman Harvey Firestone (26) weds composer Idabelle Smith (21)
  • 1900 Archaeologist Hiram Bingham (25) weds Tiffany heiress Alfreda Mitchell in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1932 Blues musician Muddy Waters (19) weds Mabel Berry
  • 1937 Actor Jackie Coogan (23) weds actress Betty Grable (20) at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Los Angeles
  • 1944 Model agency executive Eileen Ottensoser (22) weds businessman Gerard W. Ford (20) in San Francisco, California
  • 1947 Future British Queen Princess Elizabeth II (21) weds Lt Philip Mountbatten (26) in Westminster Abbey, London
  • 1954 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (21) weds his high school sweetheart Dorothy Hoelle
  • 1986 Comedian and actor Steve Martin (41) weds actress Victoria Tennant (36)
  • 1993 Actor Luke Perry (27) weds Minnie Sharp (24) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills
  • 1994 Patti Davis weds Paul Hayeland
  • 2001 ABC News political analyst George Stephanopoulos (40) weds actress Alexandra Wentworth (36) at Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan
  • 2005 Bollywood actor Zayed Khan (25) weds Malaika Parekh at the Grand Maratha Sheraton in Mumbai, India

Famous Divorces on November 20

  • 2007 Linda Bollea (46) divorces professional wrestler Hulk Hogan (53) after 23 years of marriage
  • 2013 Business magnate Rupert Murdoch (82) divorces Wendi Deng (44) due to irreconcilable differences after 13 years of marriage


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