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)
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