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October 20th In Pop Culture History

1720 - Caribbean pirate Calico Jack Rackham, one of the first pirates to use the "Jolly Roger", was captured by the Royal Navy.

1803 - The United States Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.

1818 - The Convention of 1818 was signed between the US and the UK which settled the Canada/United States border on the 49th parallel for most of its length.

1873 - Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers universities drafted the (American) Football rules.

1944 - Liquid natural gas exploded from storage tanks in Cleveland, killing 130 people.

1951 - CBS began using the "Eyeball" logo.

1962 - #1 Hit October 20, 1962 - November 2, 1962: Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers - Monster Mash

1968 - Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.

1973 - #1 Hit October 20, 1973 - October 26, 1973: The Rolling Stones - Angie

1977 - Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zandt, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines died in a plane crash. None were aged 27.

1979 - #1 Hit October 20, 1979 - November 2, 1979: Herb Alpert - Rise

1981 - Two police officers and a Brinks armored car guard are killed during an armed $1.6 million robbery in Rockland County, New York, carried out by members of the Black Liberation Army and Weather Underground.

1990 - #1 Hit October 20, 1990 - October 26, 1990: James Ingram - I Don't Have the Heart

October 20, 1991 - Microsoft Windows 3.0 with Multimedia Extensions was released.

1991 - The Oakland Hills, California firestorm killed 25 people.

2001 - Concert For New York: A Tribute To Heroes was broadcast on VH1, and other networks. It raised funds for the families of those killed by the September 11 terrorist attacks.

October 20, 2006 - Return to Halloweetown aired on The Disney Channel

2011 - The National Transitional Council rebel forces captured (in hiding) Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in his hometown of Sirte.

Ocober 20, 2016 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again aired live on FOX.

October 20th Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Snoop Dogg 'Calvin Broadus' (1971)
Jerry Orbach (1935)
Art Buchwald (1925)
Bela Lugosi (1882)
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