September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 102 days remaining until the end of the year.



1854 – Battle of Alma: British and French troops defeat Russians in the Crimea.

  • 451 – The Battle of Chalons, in North Eastern France. Flavius Aetius’ victory over Attila the Hun in a day of combat, considered to be the largest battle in the ancient world.
  • 1187 – Saladin begins the Siege of Jerusalem.
  • 1378 – Cardinal Robert of Geneva, called by some the Butcher of Cesena, is elected as Avignon Pope Clement VII, beginning the Papal schism.
  • 1519 – Ferdinand Magellan – set sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe.
  • 1633 – Galileo Galilei is tried before the Inquisition for teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun.
  • 1870 – Bersaglieri corps enters Rome through Porta Pia and completes the unification of Italy; see capture of Rome.
  • 1939 – A German Messerschmitt Bf 109 is shot down by Fairey Battle gunner Sgt. F. Letchard during a patrol near Aachen. This is the RAF’s first aerial victory of the Second World War.
  • 1946 – The first Cannes Film Festival is held.
  • 1962 – James Meredith, an African-American, is barred from entering the University of Mississippi.
  • 1970 – Syrian tanks roll into Jordan in response to continued fighting between Jordan and the fedayeen. The Jordanians knock out 30 of the Syrian tanks.
  • 1973 – Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
  • 1977 – The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is admitted to the United Nations
  • 1979 – A coup d’état in the Central African Empire overthrows Emperor Bokasa I.
  • 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 British MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building was attacked by a Russian-built Mark 22 anti-tank missile
  • 2001 – In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American People president George W. Bush declares „war on terror”.



  • 1872 – Maurice Gamelin, French army general (d. 1958)
  • 1934 – Sophia Loren, Italian actress
  • 1971 – Henrik Larsson, Swedish footballer
  • 1975 – Juan Pablo Montoya, Colombian race car driver


  • 1246 – Mikhail of Chernigov, ruler of Kiev
  • 1384 – King Louis I of Naples (b. 1339)
  • 1863 – Jacob Grimm, German folklorist (b. 1785)
  • 1957 – Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer (b. 1865)
  • 2005 – Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian-Polish Nazi hunter (b. 1908)
  • Acestea is o parte din cele expuse pe wikipedia. 🙂



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