July 20 Events in History - July 20 Birthdays - July 20 Deaths
2015 Golfer Zach Johnson wins the British Open, becoming one of only six golfers in history to win at both the St. Andrews Old Course and the Augusta National course
2014 The U.S. states that evidence suggests a Russian-made missile was fired at Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17; the missile strike killed all 298 people aboard
2014 25-year-old Rory McIlroy wins the British Open, making history with his third championship win
2013 A training exercise emergency causes two U.S. marine harrier jets to drop several hundred unarmed bombs on the Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage site
2012 In London, the Olympic Torch arrives, signaling the final stages of the U.K.-wide relay ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 A long-term deal made between Viacom and DirecTV allows DirecTV to carry Viacom channels
2011 In Guinea, up to 80 people, including soldiers, are arrested for a failed assassination attempt on President Alpha Conde, which occurred July 19
2011 Following an outbreak of Hendra virus, Maylaysia delcares a ban the import of horses from Australia
2010 U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague says British soldiers should be out of Afghanistan by 2014
2005 Canada becomes the 4th country to permit same-sex marriage
1997 126th British Golf Open: Billy Ray Brown shoots a 271 at Royal Troon
1997 American Justin Leonard wins the British Open shooting at 272
1997 Burnet Senior Golf Classic
1997 Michele Redman wins LPGA JAL Big Apple Classic
1994 Major parts of Comet Shoemaker-Levy hit Jupiter (July 16th-22nd)
1994 O. J. Simpson offers $500,000 reward for evidence of ex-wife's klller
1993 Fire in the press box at Altanta Fulton County Stadium
1993 Joe Petruzzi files for divorce from Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever)
1992 121st British Golf Open: Nick Faldo shoots a 272 at Muirfield Gullane
1992 Round World Air Race begins in Paris
1991 Kirk Cameron marries Growing Pains co-star Chelsea Noble in upstate New York
1991 Mike Tyson is accused of raping a Miss Black America contestant
1990 Justice William Brennan resigns from Supreme Court after 36 years
1989 93 degrees F, highest overnight low ever recorded in Phoenix, Arizona
1989 Burma government puts author Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest
1988 Michael Dukakis selected Democratic presidential nominee
1987 Don Mattingly ties 1st base fielding record with 22 put-outs
1986 Jane Geddes wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
1985 Divers find wreck of Spanish galleon Atocha
1984 Uwe Hohn of East Germany throws javelin a record 104.8 m
1984 Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America
1983 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
1982 Bombs planted by Irish Republican Army explode in 2 London parks
1982 IRA bomb attacks in London
1982 T Macauly and D Vosburghs musical "Windy City," premieres in London
1981 England set for innings loss vs. Australia, Botham hits 100 in 87 balls
1981 Irene Saez, of Venezuela, crowned 30th Miss Universe
1980 109th British Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 271 at Muirfield Gullane
1980 Joop Zoetemelk wins Tour de France
1980 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
1979 44-kg Newfoundland dog pulls 2293-kg load, Bothell, Wash
1977 Flash flood hits Johnstown, Pennsylvania, kills 80 and causing $350 mil damage
1976 Last U.S. troops leave Thailand
1976 U.S. Viking 1 lands on Mars at Chryse Planitia, 1st Martian landing
1975 30th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Sandra Palmer
1974 Heng Yo and Heng Ju, completes 1,000 mile (SF-Seattle) pilgrimage
1974 Turkey invades Cyprus
1973 Jack Brisco beats Harley Race in Houston, to become NWA champ
1973 Chic's Wilbur Wood starts and loses both games of a doubleheader with New York Yankees, 12-2, and 7-0
1972 U.S. performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
1970 Dodgers Bill Singer no-hits the Phillies 5-0, giving up no walks
1969 1st men on Moon, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, Apollo 11
1969 Carol Mann wins LPGA Danbury Lady Carling Golf Open
1969 Eddy Merckx wins Tour de France
1968 Jane Asher breaks her engagement with Paul McCartney on live TV
1968 Iron Butterfly's "In-a-gadda-da-vida" becomes 1st heavy metal song to hit charts, it comes in at #117
1967 Pablo Neruda receives 1st Viareggio-Versile prizes
1967 Race riots in Memphis, Tennessee
1965 18.18" (46.18 cm) of rainfall, Edgarton, Missouri (state 24-hour record)
1965 New York Yankee pitcher Mel Stottlemyre hits an inside-the-park grand slam
1964 1st surfin' record to go #1-Jan and Dean's "Surf City"
1964 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 10th String quartet
1963 17 African states and Madagascar sign peace treaty with EC
1963 18th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mary Mills
1963 Verne Gagne beats Crusher Lisowski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
1962 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 13th Symphony
1962 France and Tunisia recover diplomatic relations
1960 1st submerged submarine, George Washington, to fire Polaris missile (
1960 Sirima Bandaranaike becomes 1st female premier of Ceylon
1960 U.S.S.R. recovered 2 dogs; 1st living organisms to return from space
1958 40th PGA Championship: Dow Finsterwald shoots a 276 at Llanerch CC PA
1958 Betty Jameson/Mary Lena Faulk wins Homestead 4-Ball Golf Tournament
1958 King Hussein of Jordan breaks off diplomatic relations with UAR
1956 France recognizes Tunisia's independence
1956 Great Britain refuses to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam
1956 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear Test at Bikini Island
1956 Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford ties AL record of 6 straight strike-outs
1954 Armistice for Indo-China signed, Vietnam separates into North and South
1954 Tennis champ Maureen Connolly's right leg is crushed in an accident
1954 West German secret service head Otto John defects to East Germany
1953 U.S.S.R./Israel recover diplomatic relations
1952 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic Record 10K (29:17.0)
1952 Fausto Coppi wins Tour de France
1950 "Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)
1949 Israel's 19 month war of independence ends
1949 Vasil Kolarov elected premier of Bulgaria
1948 Lou Thesz beats Bill Longson, to become NWA wrestling champ
1948 Syngman Rhee elected president of South-Korea
1948 U.S. Communist Party chairman William Forster arrested
1947 1st political action of Netherlands Army on Java and Sumatra
1944 British/Canadian troops occupy Hill 67/Ifs/Bras/Frenouville, Normandy
1944 Browns Nelson Potter is 1st pitcher suspended for throwing spitballs
1944 Canadian Cameroon Highlanders conquer St-Andre
1944 Death March of 1,200 Jews from Lipcani Moldavia begins
1944 Field Marshal von Kluge consults with German commandant at Caen
1944 Flying Fortresses of U.S. 8th Air Force attack Leipzig/Dessau
1944 General Eisenhower visits Montgomery's headquarter in Normandy
1944 Heavy storm hampers British offensive at Caen
1944 Japanese aircraft carrier Hijo sinks by U.S. air attack
1944 July 20th Plot-Failed assassination attempt on Hitler
1944 Liberators of U.S. 8th Air Force attack Gotha Russelsheim/Eisenach
1944 President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated for an unprecedented 4th term at Dem convention
1944 U.S. 15th Air Force attacks Friedrichshaven Memmingen
1944 U.S. 9th AF bombs railroad at Chaulnes Sable-sur-Sarthe/Dreux
1944 U.S. invades Japanese-occupied Guam in WW II
1944 Violent battles in Verrieres-hill (Normandy)
1943 Joint Chiefs of Staff question Admiral Nimitz (landing Gilbert Island)
1942 1st detachment of Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, begin basic training
1942 Barbados dismiss Trinidad for 16 in 69 minutes, Derek Sealy 8-8
1942 Legion of Merit Medal authorized by congress
1942 Time puts Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich on its cover
1942 Women's Army Auxiliary Corps began basic training at Fort Des Moines
1941 Yankees beat Tigers 12-6 in 17
1940 Germany occupiers forbid Dutch Communist Party (CPN) in Netherlands
1940 Nazi collaborator Rost of Tonningen appointed director of Marxist
1940 Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey)
1938 Finland awarded 1940 Olympic games after Japan withdraws
1935 1st broadcast of "Gang Busters" on NBC-radio
1934 118 degrees F (48 degrees C), Keokuk, Iowa (state record)
1933 Vatican state secretary Pacelli (Pius XII) signs accord with Hitler
1930 106 degrees F (41 degrees C), Washington, D.C. (district record)
1927 Lindbergh begins New York flight (Spirit of St. Louis)
1925 Beirut sultan Pasja al-Atrasj calls Druzen for holy war against France
1925 Italian-Serbian/Croatian/Slav treaty about Dalmatie
1924 Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE) forms in Paris
1923 Yankees hit into a triple-play but beat A's 9-2
1922 Togo made a mandate of League of Nations
1920 Heerenveen soccer team forms
1917 Pact of Corfu signed: Serbs, Croats and Slovenes form Yugoslavia
1917 WW I draft lottery held; #258 is 1st drawn
1916 Giants trade Christy Mathewson to Cincinnati Reds
1914 Armed resistance against British rule begins in Ulster
1913 Turkish troop take Adrianopel and Erdine from Bulgaria
1912 Phillies Sherry Magee steals home twice in 1 game
1911 Boston Red Sox Smokey Joe Wood no-hits St. Louis Browns, 5-0
1911 Generals Henry Wilson/Auguste Dubail sign plan for British Expeditionary army in case of war with Germany
1910 Former Dutch premier Abraham Kuyper acquitted of corruption
1906 Bkln Dodger Mal Eason no-hits St. Louis Cardinals, 2-0
1903 Giuseppe Sarto elected Pope Pius X
1894 2000 federal troops recalled from Chicago, having ended Pullman strike
1890 "Gibbons Stamp Monthly" begins publishing
1890 Snow and hail in Calais, ME
1881 Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull, surrenders to federal troops
1878 1st telephone introduced in Hawaii
1877 Military shoots on stopped railroad workers in Balt, kills 9
1876 1st U.S. intercollegiate track meet held, Saratoga, New York; Princeton wins
1872 Mahlon Loomis patents wireless radio
1871 British Columbia becomes 6th Canadian province
1868 1st use of tax stamps on cigarettes
1866 Sea battle of Lissa-Austria vs Italy
1864 Battle at Stephenson's Depot Virginia: 200 killed or injured
1864 Battle of Peachtree Creek-Atlanta Campaign
1861 Confederate state's congress began holding sessions in Richmond, Virginia
1858 Fee 1st charged to see a baseball game (50 cents ) (New York beats Brooklyn 22-18)
1858 Gathering of Plombieres - Napoleon III meets Cavour
1855 1st train from Rotterdam to Utrecht in Netherlands
1849 Start of 1st Lancashire-Yorkshire clash at Hyde Park, Sheffield
1847 German astronomer Theodor discovers Comet Brorsen-Metcalf
1836 Charles Darwin climbs Green Hill on Ascension
1810 Colombia declares independence from Spain
1808 Napoleon decrees all French Jews adopt family names
1801 Elisha Brown, Jr. pressed a 1,235 pound cheese ball at his farm
1773 Scottish settlers arrive at Pictou, Nova Scotia (Canada)
1749 Earl of Chesterfield says "Idleness is only refuge of weak minds"
1654 Anglo-Portuguese treaty, Portugal comes under English control
1627 English fleet under George Villiers reaches La Rochelle
1619 Gerardus Vossius resigns as Dutch regent States college leader
1609 Emperor Rudolf II grants Silezische protestants freedom of religion
1608 Reynier van Oldenbarnevelt marries Anna Weytzen in Delft
1553 Prime Minister John Dudley captured in Cambridge
1498 Emperor Maximilian names Albrecht governor of Netherlands
1495 French viceroy of Naples Montpensier surrenders
1031 Henry I succeeds father Robert II as King of France
514 St. Hormisdas elected as Pope succeeding Pope Sympowerus