About July 20

July 20, 2020 is the 202nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 164 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Cancer is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 207 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On July 20

  • 70
    First Jewish-Roman War: Siege of Jerusalem – Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, storms the Fortress of Antonia north of the Temple Mount. The Roman army is drawn into street fights with the Zealots.
  • 1807
    Nicéphore Niépce is awarded a patent by Napoleon Bonaparte for the Pyréolophore, the world’s first internal combustion engine, after it successfully powered a boat upstream on the river Saône in France.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Peachtree Creek – Near Atlanta, Georgia, Confederate forces led by General John Bell Hood unsuccessfully attack Union troops under General William T. Sherman.
  • 1871
    British Columbia joins the confederation of Canada.
  • 1922
    The League of Nations awards mandates of Togoland to France and Tanganyika to the United Kingdom.
  • 1932
    In Washington, D.C., police fire tear gas on World War I veterans, part of the Bonus Expeditionary Force, who attempt to march to the White House.
  • 1934
    1934 West Coast waterfront strike: In Seattle, police fire tear gas on and club 2,000 striking longshoremen. The governor of Oregon calls out the National Guard to break a strike on the Portland docks.
  • 1940
    California opens its first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway.
  • 1940
    Denmark leaves the League of Nations.
  • 1949
    Israel and Syria sign a truce to end their nineteen-month war.
  • 1951
    King Abdullah I of Jordan is assassinated by a Palestinian while attending Friday prayers in Jerusalem.
  • 1954
    Germany: Otto John, head of West Germany’s secret service, defects to East Germany.
  • 1960
    The Polaris missile is successfully launched from a submarine, the USS George Washington, for the first time.
  • 1977
    Johnstown, Pennsylvania is hit by a flash flood that kills eighty and causes $350 million in damage.
  • 1977
    The Central Intelligence Agency releases documents under the Freedom of Information Act revealing it had engaged in mind control experiments.
  • 1980
    The United Nations Security Council votes 14-0 that member states should not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
  • 1985
    The government of Aruba passes legislation to secede from the Netherlands Antilles.
  • 1989
    Burma’s ruling junta puts opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest.
  • 1992
    Václav Havel resigns as president of Czechoslovakia.
  • 1999
    Falun Gong is banned in the People’s Republic of China, and a large scale crackdown of the practice is launched.

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