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This Day in History: October 20

October 20: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1818 - The Convention of 1818 signed between the United States and the United Kingdom which, among other things, settled the Canada - United States border on the 49th parallel for most of its length.
  2. 1873 - Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers universities draft the first code of American footballrules.
  3. 1910 - The hull of the RMS Olympic, sister-ship to the ill-fated RMS Titanic, is launched from the Harland and Wolff shipyard inBelfast, Northern Ireland.
  4. 1961 - The Soviet Union performs the first armed test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, launching an R-13 from a Golf class submarine.
  5. 1973 - The Sydney Opera House opens.
  6. Famous Birthdays: David M. Evans (American screenwriter and film director), Thomas Newman (American composer), Elfriede Jelinek (Austrian writer, Nobel Prize laureate), Tracy Hall (American inventor), John Dewey (American philosopher)

For famous birthdays and other daily events in history, visit our Daily Dose Activities.

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