About July 20

July 20, 2024 is the 202nd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 164 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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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 193 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On July 20

  • 1304
    Wars of Scottish Independence: Fall of Stirling Castle – King Edward I of England takes the stronghold using the War Wolf.
  • 1810
    Citizens of Bogotá, New Granada declare independence from Spain.
  • 1866
    Austro-Prussian War: Battle of Lissa – The Austrian Navy , led by Admiral Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, defeats the Italian Navy near the island of Vis in the Adriatic Sea.
  • 1934
    Labor unrest in the U.S.: as police in Minneapolis fire upon striking truck drivers, during the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934, killing two and wounding sixty-seven.
  • 1936
    The Montreux Convention is signed in Switzerland, authorizing Turkey to fortify the Dardanelles and Bosphorus but guaranteeing free passage to ships of all nations in peacetime.
  • 1940
    California opens its first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway.
  • 1944
    World War II: Adolf Hitler survives an assassination attempt led by German Army Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg.
  • 1949
    Israel and Syria sign a truce to end their nineteen-month war.
  • 1950
    Cold War: In Philadelphia, Harry Gold pleads guilty to spying for the Soviet Union by passing secrets from atomic scientist Klaus Fuchs.
  • 1951
    King Abdullah I of Jordan is assassinated by a Palestinian while attending Friday prayers in Jerusalem.
  • 1960
    Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) elects Sirimavo Bandaranaike Prime Minister, the world’s first elected female head of government.
  • 1960
    The Polaris missile is successfully launched from a submarine, the USS George Washington, for the first time.
  • 1961
    French military forces break the Tunisian siege of Bizerte.
  • 1964
    Vietnam War: Viet Cong forces attack the capital of Dinh Tuong Province, Cai Be, killing 11 South Vietnamese military personnel and 40 civilians (30 of which are children).
  • 1974
    Turkish occupation of Cyprus: Forces from Turkey invade Cyprus after a coup d'etat, organised by the dictator of Greece, against president Makarios.
  • 1976
    The American Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars.
  • 1977
    The Central Intelligence Agency releases documents under the Freedom of Information Act revealing it had engaged in mind control experiments.
  • 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.
  • 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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