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What happened on September 20
- September 20, 0451 "The Battle of Chalons, in North Eastern France. Flavius Aetius' victory over Attila the Hun in a day of combat, considered and believed to be the largest battle in the ancient world."
- September 20, 1519 Magellan starts first successful circumnavigation of the world
- September 20, 1565 Spaniards capture Fort Caroline Fla and massacre the French
- September 20, 1664 Maryland enacts first anti-amaglmation law to prevent widespread intermarriage of English women and black men
- September 20, 1777 Paoli massacre
- September 20, 1792 French defeat Prussians at Valmy
- September 20, 1797 US frigate Constitution (Old Ironsides) launched in Boston
- September 20, 1830 First National Black convention meets (Phila)
- September 20, 1848 The American Association for the Advancement of Science was created.
- September 20, 1850 "Slave trade abolished in DC, but slavery allowed to continue"
- September 20, 1854 "British and French defeat Russians at Alma, in the Crimea"
- September 20, 1859 Patent granted on the electric range
- September 20, 1860 "First British royalty to visit US, Prince of Wales (King Edward VII)"
- September 20, 1863 "Civil War Battle of Chickamauga, near Chattanooga, Tenn, ends"
- September 20, 1873 Panic sweeps NY Stock Exchange (railroad bond default/bank failure)
- September 20, 1877 Chase National Bank opens in NYC (later merges into Chase Manhattan)
- September 20, 1879 U. Grant comes to SF for elaborate extended visit
- September 20, 1881 Chester A Arthur sworn in as president
- September 20, 1884 6.2 mile Arlberg railroad tunnel completed in Austria
- September 20, 1884 Equal Rights Party nominates female candidates for Pres & VP
- September 20, 1899 "In the Menderes Valley Turkey a 6.9 earthquake caused severe damage to buildings, bridges and railroad and telegraph lines in the Aydin-Denizli area."
- September 20, 1912 Official approval given for the establishment of a military Central Flying School
- September 20, 1943 "HMCS ST CROIX (RCN),sunk by a new acoustic torpedoSE of Greenland by 2 torpedoes from German U.305."
- September 20, 1943 Rome is occupied by the Germans. The German Army now controls most of Italy.
- September 20, 1944 "Death in action, while filming American troops on Peleliu, of Australian cameraman Damien Parer Parer made what has been considered Australia's most famous war film – Kokoda Front Line The film won an Academy Award and gave international exposure to the experiences of Australian soldiers in 1942 on the Kokoda Track"
- September 20, 1951 First North Pole jet crossing
- September 20, 1954 First National People's Congress adopts Chinese constitution
- September 20, 1954 Roger Bannister awarded Britain's Silver Pears Trophy
- September 20, 1954 The first FORTRAN computer program run
- September 20, 1962 James Meredith is blocked from entering Miss U as its first black
- September 20, 1964 Paramount theater (NYC) presented the Beatles and Steve and Eydie
- September 20, 1966 US Surveyor B launched toward Moon; crashed Sept 23
- September 20, 1967 "Hurricane Beulah hits Texas-Mexican border, kills 38"
- September 20, 1968 Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536
- September 20, 1969 Number one hit on UK music charts - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
- September 20, 1970 "Luna 16 lands on Moon's Mare Fecunditatis, drills core sample"
- September 20, 1972 Police find cannabis growing on Paul and Linda McCartney's farm
- September 20, 1973 Billy Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match
- September 20, 1973 Jim Croce dies in a plane crash in Louisana.
- September 20, 1976 Playboy releases Jimmy Carter's interview that he lusts for women
- September 20, 1976 Sid Berstein offers $230 million charity concert for Beatle reunion
- September 20, 1977 "Voyager 2 launched for fly-by of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune"
- September 20, 1979 Bloodless coup in Central African Rep overthrows Emperor Bokassa I
- September 20, 1984 Suicide car bomb attacks US Embassy annex in Beirut
- September 20, 1985 Curtis Strong is convicted for selling cocaine to pro baseball players
- September 20, 1985 Walt Disney World's 200-millionth guest
- September 20, 1990 Both Germanys ratify reunification
- September 20, 1990 Saddam Hussein demands US networks broadcast his message
- September 20, 1997 RaiLink Southern Ontario takes over the operation of the former CN Hagersville subdivision between Nanticoke and Brantford including the Burford Spur. On December 15 the company took over the former CN Northern and Northwestern Spur.
- September 20, 1999 "In Taiwan a 7.7 quake resulted in at least 2,297 people killed, 8,700 injured, 600,000 people left homeless and about 82,000 housing units damaged by the earthquake and larger aftershocks"
- September 20, 2000 Terrorists launch a small missile at Britain's MI6 intelligence headquarters in London.
- September 20, 2007 Bear Stearns reports a 68% drop in quarterly income
- September 20, 2009 "Important Islamic date - Eid ul-Fitr: September 20, 2009"
- September 20, 2010 "Magna E-Car Systems announced today the grand opening of its latest facility, a new hybrid- and electric-vehicle system development center and state-of-the-art battery/materials testing facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan - USA"