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Birthdates which occurred on your SELECTED date of October 20:

1435 Andrea Della Robbia Florence, sculptor, nephew of Luca
1632 Sir Christopher Wren England, astronomer/great architect
1812 Austin Flint 19th century heart research pioneer
1819 Mirza Ali Mohammad [The B b], forerunner of Bah 'u'll h
1823 Thomas Hughes England, author (Tom Brown's School Days)
1854 Arthur Rimbaud France, poet/adventurer (Illuminations)
1859 John Dewey philosopher, educational theorist/writer (Learn by doing)
1874 Charles Edward Ives Danbury Ct, composer (Holliday Quick Step)
1874 Viscount Palmerston (Whig) British PM (1855-65)
1887 Addison Richards Zanesville Ohio, actor (Col-Pentagon)
1889 Margaret Dumont actress-Marx Brothers' foil
1896 Nat Holman basketball coach (CCNY)
19-- Brandon Williams Paramount Calif, actor (Greatest American Hero)
19-- Gwyda Donhowe Oak Park Ill, actress (Astrid-Executive Suite)
19-- Jeff MacKay Dallas Tx, actor (Mac-Magnum PI)
19-- William Zabka actor (Back to School, Karate Kid II)
1900 Wayne Morse (Sen-R/D-Ore)
1905 Frederic Dannay « of Ellery Queen & Barnaby Ross (Cat of Many Tales)
1908 Arlene Francis Boston Mass, radio/TV hostess (What's My Line?)
1911 Will Rogers Jr actor (Down to Earth)
1913 Barney Phillips St Louis Mo, actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad)
1917 Jean-Pierre Melville Paris France, director (Un Flic)
1918 Anton Diffring Koblenz Germany, actor (Assignment Vienna)
1921 Pierre Laporte Canada, journalist/statesman (Revolution Script)
1922 John Anderson Clayton Ill, actor (Virgil-Legend of Wyatt Earp)
1923 Herschel Bernardi NYC, actor (Peter Gunn, Arnie, Voice of Charlie the Tuna, The Front)
1923 Robert Craft Kingston, NY, conductor, Stravinsky-follower
1925 Art Buchwald Mt Vernon NY, columnist/author (Have I Ever Lied to You)
1926 Ursula Happe Germany, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic-gold-1956)
1930 "Grandpa" Louis M Jones Niagra Ky, country singer/banjoist (Hee Haw)
1931 Mickey Mantle NY Yankee, home run slugger (1956 Triple Crown)
1932 Roosevelt Brown Virginia, NFL hall of fame tackle (NY Giants)
1932 William Christopher Evanstown Ill, actor (Father Mulcahy-M*A*S*H)
1934 Martin Landau actor (Mission Impossible, Space 1999, Tucker)
1934 Timothy West Yorkshire England, actor (Masada)
1935 Jerry Orbach actor (Promises! Promises!, Dirty Dancing)
1937 Juan Marichal baseball pitcher (SF Giants)
1937 Wanda Jackson Maud Okla, country singer (Let's Have a Party)
1946 Connie Chung Washington DC, news anchor (NBC, CBS)
1948 Andrei Suraikin USSR, pairs figure skater (Olympic-silver-1972)
1949 Valery Borzov USSR, 100m/200m dash (Olympic-gold-1972)
1949 Wayne Collett US, 400m runner (Olympic-silver-1972)
1950 Finola Hughes London, actress (Anna Devane-General Hospital)
1952 Melanie Mayron Phila, actress (30 Something, Car Wash, Missing)
1953 Keith Hernandez SF Calif, NY Met 1st baseman (9 golden gloves)
1953 Tom Petty Gainesville Fla, singer (Heartbreakers-Refugee)
1958 Eric Scott Hollywood Calif, actor (Ben-Waltons)
1958 Ivo Pogorelich Belgrade Yugoslavia, pianist (1978 Casagrande winner)
1958 Mark King bass/vocalist (Level 42-Standing in the Light)
1966 Fred Coury Johnston NY, rocker (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)
1967 Susan Tulley British actress (Michelle-EastEnders)
1970 Tiffany [Renee Darwisch], rocker (I Think We are Alone Now)


Deaths which occurred on October 20:

1906 William "Buck" Ewing hall of fame catcher (NY Giants), dies at 67
1954 Willie Shaw race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40), dies at 51
1964 Herbert Hoover 31st president of US, dies in NY at 90
1968 Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux TV preacher, dies at 84
1972 Harlow Shapley discoverer of the Sun's position in the galaxy, dies

Reported: MISSING in ACTION

( Expanded with full Bios, history, & MIA report )
 1966    EDWARDS          HARRY S. JR.      DECATUR               GA     REMAINS RETUNED 09/96  
1966 PURRINGTON FREDERICK R. NORTH DARTMOUTH MA 02/18/73 RELEASED BY DRV ALIVE IN 98
1966 WAGENER DAVID R. ANN ARBOR MI REMAINS IDENTIFIED 04 SEPT 97
1967 WOMACK LONNIE H. 10/24/67 NOT HEARD OF SINCE
1968 BRIDGES JERRY G. COLUMBIA TN
1968 DEITSCH CHARLES E. MT DORA FL
1968 KNIGHT HENRY C. LA HABRA CA
1968 MELDAHL CHARLES H. MONROE WA
1968 STANTON RONALD V. MASSILLON OH
1969 STUBBS WILLIAM W. NEWPORT WA

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On this day...

1600 Battle of Sekigahara sets Tokugawa clan as Japan's rulers (shoguns)
1740 Maria Theresa became ruler of Austria, Hungary & Bohemia
1803 US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase
1813 German Kingdom of Westphalia abolished
1817 1st Mississippi showboat leaves Nashville on maiden voyage
1818 49th parallel established as the border between US & Canada
1818 US & Britain agree to joint control of Oregon country
1845 The opera "Tannh„user" is produced (Dresden)
1847 Little William Nelman poisons his grandpa
1883 Treaty of Ancon, Peru cedes Tarapaca to Chile
1888 Chicago & All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, NZ
1891 1st International 6 day bike race (NY MSG) begins
1898 NC Mutual & Provident Insurance Company forms
1899 Columbia (US) beats Shamrock (England) in 11th America's Cup
1903 US wins disputed boundary between the District of Alaska & Canada
1905 Great General Strike in Russia begins; lasts 11 days
1906 Dr Lee DeForest demonstrates his radio tube
1910 1st appearance of cork centered baseball in World Series (World Series #7)
1911 Roald Amundsen sets out on race to South Pole
1922 Kennelworth in the Bronx renamed Dwight Place
1929 Bayshore Highway opens (SF)
1930 British White Paper restricts Jews from buying Arab land
1942 "Durham Manifesto" calls for fundamental changes in race relations
1944 30 blocks of Cleveland OH burn after a liquid gas factory explodes
1944 Revolution by workers & students in Guatemala
1944 US 1st army wins battle of Aachen
1944 US forces under Gen Douglas MacArthur return to the Philippines
1946 Frank Seno returns kickoff 105 yd, Chicago Cards vs NY Giants
1947 HUAC opens hearings into alleged Communist influence in Hollywood
1955 Yanks begin 16-game exhibition in Japan
1956 58ř F (15ř C), Esperanza Station, Antarctica (Antarctic record high)
1956 Hannes Lindemann begins journey across Atlantic in a 17' craft
1960 1st fully mechanized post office opened, Providence, RI
1960 Ralph Houk replaces Casey Stengel as Yankee manager
1963 Jim Brown sets NFL single-season rushing record, 1,863 yds
1963 S Africa begins trial of Nelson Mandela & 8 others on conspiracy
1964 Riot at Rolling Stones show in Paris (150 arrested)
1967 7 men are convicted of civil rights violations in Meridan Miss
1967 All white fed jury convicts 7 in murder of 3 civil rights workers
1968 Jacqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis
1973 Mariette Hartley appears on Bob Newhart in "Have You Met Miss Dietz"
1973 OPEC oil embargo begins
1973 Pres Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe greatest athlete of 1st « century
1973 William Shatner marries Marcy Lafferty
1973 Sat Night Massacre, Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox dismissed by Solicitor Gen Bork, AG Richardson & Deputy AG Ruckelshaus resigned
1973 The Family Station Inc buys shortwave Radio Station WNYW, changes calls to WYFR & moves station from NYC to Scituate Mass
1976 70 die as Norwegian tanker Frosta collides with George Prince
1976 NY Nets Julius "Dr J" Erving sold to the Phila 76ers
1977 3 members of rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd die in charter plane crash
1979 John F Kennedy Library dedicated in Boston
1981 3 members of Weather underground arrested for armored truck robbery
1982 Billy Martin fired as manager of the Oakland A's
1982 St Louis Cards beat Mil Brewers, 4 games to 3 in 79th World Series
1983 IBM-PC DOS Version 2.1 released
1984 Islander's Mike Bossy's 30th career hat trick-4 goals
1987 10 die as Air Force jet crashed into a Ramada Inn near Indianapolis
1987 Subway gunman Bernhard Goetz sentenced to 6 months in jail
1988 Britain ends suspects right to remain silent in crackdown on IRA
1988 Gastineau sacks Jets, retires from football "for personal reasons"
1988 LA Dodgers beat Oakland A's in 85th World Series 4 games to 1
1988 Man armed with explosives blows self up in 125 St subway station (NYC)
1988 Reggie Rogers, Det Lion's # 1 pick, kills 3 by driving intoxicated
1988 LA 1st to have both NBA & baseball champs as LA Dodgers beat Oakland A's, 4 games to 1 in 85th World Series
1989 US Senate impeaches US District Judge Alcee L Hastings
1990 3 members of 2 Live Crew acquitted on obscenity charges in Florida
1990 Antiwar protest marches begin in 20 US cities (US-Iraq)
1990 Cincinatti Reds sweep Oakland A's in the 87th World Series
1991 Actress Lisa Hartman weds country singer Clint Black





Holidays

Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"

Guatemala : Revolution Day/Dˇa de la Revoluci˘n (1944)
Kenya : Jomo Kenyatta Day
Alaska : Alaska Day (1867) - - - - - ( Monday )

Religious Observances

Buddhist-Laos : End of Buddhist Fast
Christian : Commemoration of St Bertilla Boscardin
Christian : Feast of St Irene
Old Catholic : Commemoration of St John Cantius (now 12/23)

Religious History

1802 Birth of Ernst W. Hengstenberg, German O.T. scholar. An outspoken defender of evangelical Christianity against the rationalism of his day, Hengstenberg's most significant writing was his four-volume "Christology of the Old Testament."
1828 Birth of American lawyer Horatio Gates Spafford. In 1873, upon learning of the drowning of his four daughters following a ship collision in the Atlantic, Spafford penned the lines to the hymn, "It is Well With My Soul."
1892 Birth of Harry Dixon Loes, sacred music educator. A writer of gospel songs and choruses, it was Loes who composed the hymn tune REDEEMER ("Up Calvary's Mountain, One Dreadful Morn").
1908 Birth of Stuart Hamblen, country songwriter who flourished during the 1950s. His best-remembered Christian songs include "Known Only to Him," "Beyond the Sunset," and "It Is No Secret."
1957 English apologist C.S. Lewis shared his longing for heaven in a letter: 'It'll be nice when we all wake up from this life, which has indeed something like a nightmare about it.'

Source: William D. Blake. ALMANAC OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.
Additional information supplied by the author. Contact via E-mail: William D. Blake. (pilgrimwb@aol.com)

Thought for the day :

" Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clear through. "

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