October 20 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1097 1st Crusaders arrive in Antioch during the First Crusade

1603 Chinese uprising in the Philippines fails after 23,000 killed

1803 US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase

1917 US suffragette Alice Paul begins a 7 month jail sentence for peacefully picketing in support of the women’s Suffrage (right to vote) Amendment at the White House in Washington, D.C.

1935 Communist forces end their Long March at Yan’an, in Shaanxi, China, bringing Mao Zedong to prominence

1944 US forces under General Douglas MacArthur return to the Philippines with the landing of the US 6th army on Leyte

2020 US Justice Department sues Google for illegal monopoly over search and search advertising

Today’s Historical Events

1097 1st Crusaders arrive in Antioch during the First Crusade

1528 Treaty of Gorinchem signed between Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and Duke Charles of Guelders

1536 King Christian III of Denmark & Norway leads reform in Catholic possessions

1576 Spanish troops occupy & plunder Maastricht

1587 Battle at Coultras: Henri van Navarra beats Catholic League

1600 Battle of Sekigahara sets Tokugawa clan as Japan’s rulers (shoguns)

1603 Chinese uprising in the Philippines fails after 23,000 killed

1634 British King Charles I disbands new “Ship Money” tax

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1911 Helen Hayes Theater (Folies Bergere) opens at 210W 46th St, NYC

1930 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, premieres on NBC radio

1932 Journalist Robert Trout joins CBS

1947 HUAC opens hearings into alleged Communist influence in Hollywood

1953 WRAU (now WHOI) TV channel 19 in Peoria, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting

1954 Leigh, Charlap, Styne, Comden and Green’s musical “Peter Pan”, starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC; runs for 152 performances

1955 “No Time for Sergeants” opens on Broadway, starring Andy Griffith

1955 Publication of “The Return of the King”, the 3rd and final volume of “The Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1877 Franz Schubert‘s 2nd Symphony in B premieres

1934 Richard Strauss completes his opera “Die Schweigsame Frau”

1939 “All the Things You Are” recorded by Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

1955 Harry Belafonte records “Day-O” (Banana Boat Song)

1962 Musical “Mr President” opens at St James Theater New York for 265 performances

1962 Peter, Paul and Mary‘s debut folk album “Peter, Paul and Mary” reaches No. 1 on US album charts

1964 “Golden Boy” opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 569 performances

1964 Riot at Rolling Stones show in Paris leads to 150 arrests

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1888 Chicago and All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, New Zealand

1899 American yacht Columbia beats the Shamrock challenge from Royal Ulster Yacht Club in 11th America’s Cup

1910 1st appearance of cork centered baseball in World Series

1910 Soccer team KFC forms in Alkmaar

1912 Hannes Kolehmainen runs world record marathon (2:29:39.2)

1924 1st Negro League World Series: KC Monarchs shuts out Hilldales, 5-0

1934 MLB All-Star team led by Connie Mack and including Babe RuthJimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig sails to Japan for 18-game series against Big-Six University League

1935 Detroit Tigers future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg is named AL MVP by the BWAA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Wes Ferrell is runner-up