What Happened On This Day – October 20
2011 Muammar Gaddafi is Captured
The deposed leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, is captured by the National Transitional Council Forces. He was killed by the troops soon after.
1982 Luzhniki Disaster
A stampede during a UEFA Cup soccer (football) match between Dutch club Haarlem and the Moscovian football club, Spartak at the Lenin Stadium in Moscow left about 60 people dead.
1973 Sydney Opera House Opens its Doors
The iconic building, which was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, was designed by Danish architect Jørn Oberg Utzon. Construction on the performing arts center began in March 1959 and cost over $100 million.
1968 Jacqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis
Former American first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, married Greek shipping magnet, Aristotle Onassis
1962 War Breaks Out Between India and China
The month-long border dispute began after the Chinese launched a two-pronged attack on the border between the two countries. During the duration of hostilities, China and India did not officially declare war on each other nor cut off any diplomatic ties. The conflict ended with China taking control of Aksai Chin and both countries accepting a de facto border along what is now known as Line of Control.
Births On This Day – October 20
1971 Snoop Dogg
American rapper, producer, actor
1958 Viggo Mortensen
1950 Tom Petty
American singer-songwriter, musician
1931 Mickey Mantle
American baseball player
1859 John Dewey
American philosopher, psychologist
Deaths On This Day – October 20
2011 Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan politician, Prime Minister of Libya
1984 Paul Dirac
English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
1964 Herbert Hoover
American politician, 31st President of the United States
1950 Henry L. Stimson
American statesman, lawyer, politician
1890 Richard Francis Burton
English soldier, geographer, diplomat