November 20 Events in History - November 20 Birthdays - November 20 Deaths
2014 North Korea threatens nuclear tests, and activity has been detected at one of the nation's nuclear facilities; the threat was made after the U.N. recommended trying North Korean officials in the International Criminal Court for human rights crimes
2014 U.S. President Barack Obama announces plans to delay deportation of about 4 million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the country for at least 5 years and have children who are legal residents or U.S. citizens
2013 A vote by the General Synod of the Church of England approves legislation allowing women bishops to be ordained by 2014
2013 Amidst criticism for its lack of help in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, China's 'Peace Ark', a 14,000-ton navy hospital ship, is sent to the Philippines to help its relief efforts'; the country also sent an emergency medical team and a disaster relief team from the Chinese Red Cross
2012 British Prime Minister David Cameron announces Lough Erne, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland as the location for the 39th G8 summit in June 2013
2012 According to the United Nations World Meterological Organisation, greenhouse gases reached record levels in 2011
2011 In Spain, voters go to the polls for the general election; the center-right Popular Party wins a parliamentary majority
2011 Abdullah Gul, President of Turkey, begins a three-day visit to the United Kingdom
2010 NATO nations reach an agreement to begin handing over Afghanistan's security to the Afghanistan military by 2014
2010 The Governor of the Central Bank of Iran, Mahmoud Bahmani, resigns
2009 An ethnic conflict over fishing rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo kills 100 people, displaces 50,000
2003 British consulate and bank bombed in Istanbul murdering 27
1997 "Ivanov," opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater New York City for 51 performances
1997 Flyers Eric Lindros tries to bite San Jose defenseman Marty McSorley
1997 Last original Florida Marlin, Jeff Conine, traded to Kansas City Royals
1997 Mavericks' A C Green sets NBA record of 907 consecutive games played
1997 New York Islanders lose, beginning a 10 game losing streak
1995 "Beatles' Anthology, Vol 1" released
1995 "Racing Demon" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater New York City for 48 performances
1995 FDA approves new therapy for use as an initial AIDS treatment, 3TC
1995 Princess Di admits she cheated on Prince Charles in a TV interview
1995 STS-74 (Atlantis 15), lands
1994 "Flying Karamzov Brothers..." opens at Helen Hayes New York City for 50 performances
1994 "Shadow Box" opens at Circle in Sq Theater New York City for 49 performances
1994 Kosmos 2294/2295/2296 launches
1994 Patti Davis weds Paul Hayeland
1993 Jakovlev-42 crashes into mountain at Ohrid Macedonia, 116 killed
1993 Sam's Town Bowling Invitational won by Robin Romeo
1993 Winnie Mandela's driver/bodyguard murdered in Johannesburg
1992 Queen Elizabeth's home Windsor Castle catches fire
1991 Atlanta Braves Terry Pendleton wins NL MVP
1990 Oakland's Rickey Henderson wins AL MVP
1990 Sacramento Kings last NBA win on the road for over a year
1990 Thatcher fails to defeat Heseltine's bid for party leadership
1990 U.S. 68th manned space mission STS-38 (Atlantis 7) returns from space
1989 Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Robin Yount wins AL MVP
1988 "Les Miserables," opens a Bus and Truck tour in Tampa
1986 Afghanistan President Babrak Karmal flees
1986 UN's WHO announces 1st global effort to combat AIDS
1985 New York Yankee Don Mattingly easily wins AL MVP
1984 McDonald's made its 50 billionth hamburger
1984 Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden wins NL Rookie of Year
1983 "Marilyn: An American Fable" opens at Minskoff New York City for 16 performances
1983 100 million watch ABC-TV movie "Day After," about nuclear war
1983 Cleveland Browns shutout Patriots 30-0
1983 New York Giants Butch Woolfolk ties NFL record of 43 attempts rushing
1982 Drew Barrymore at age 7 hosts Saturday Night Live
1981 Anatoly Karpov, U.S.S.R. retains world chess championship
1981 Burundia adopts its constitution
1981 El Salvador guerrilla group FMLN opens "limited offensive"
1981 Ringo releases "Stop and Smell Roses" album
1980 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year for the Oakland A's
1980 Steve Ptacek in Solar Challenger makes 1st solar-powered flight
1980 UA withdraws $44 million movie "Heaven's Gate" for reediting
1979 Sji'ieten occupies great mosque of Mecca, 100s killed
1979 U.S.'s 1st artificial blood transfusion occurs at University of Minnesota Hospital
1977 Egyptian President Sadat became 1st Arab leader to address Israeli Knesset
1977 Steve Largent begins NFL streak of 177 consecutive game receptions
1977 Walter Payton (Bears) rushes for NFL-record 275 yards
1976 George Harrison appears on Saturday Night Live
1976 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Colgate-Hong Kong Golf Open
1975 Ronald Reagan announced candidacy for Republican nomination for president
1974 Rangers' Jeff Burroughs wins AL MVP
1974 The U.S. files antitrust suit to break-up AT&T
1971 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1970 U.N. General Assembly accepts membership of China PR
1969 Alcatraz Island off SF, is seized by militant Native Americans
1969 Gundappa Viswanath scores 137 on Test Cricket debut vs. Australia Kanpur
1969 Pele scores his 1,000th soccer goal
1969 San Francisco Giant Willie McCovey edges Tom Seaver as NL MVP
1968 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1967 U.S. population reaches 200 million
1967 At 11 AM, Census Clock at Department of Commerce ticks past 200 million
1967 Mets pitcher Tom Seaver (16-12) is named NL Rookie of Year
1966 "Cabaret" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 1166 performances
1966 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Success Golf Open
1966 Dallas sacks Pittsburgh quarterbacks an NFL record 12 times
1966 Men in Zurich vote against female suffrage
1965 "Pickwick" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 56 performances
1965 U.N. Security council calls for boycott of Rhodesia
1965 WCNY TV channel 24 in Syracuse, New York (PBS) begins broadcasting
1964 Dmitri Sjostakovitch's 9th/10th String Quartet premiers in Moscow
1962 Mickey Mantle wins AL MVP
1962 U.S.S.R. agrees to remove bombers from Cuba, and U.S. lifts blockade
1961 WPLG TV channel 10 in Miami, Florida (ABC) begins broadcasting
1959 U.N. adopts Universal Declaration of Children's Rights
1959 WABC fires Alan Freed over payola scandal
1957 Morton Wishengrad's "Rope Dancers," premieres in New York City
1955 Kripal Singh scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, India vs. New Zealand
1955 Polly Umrigar scores India's 1st Test Cricket double century, 223 vs. New Zealand
1954 KTRK TV channel 13 in Houston, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953 Scott Crossfield in Douglas Skyrocket, 1st to break Mach 2 (1,300 MPH)
1952 Cubs slugger Hank Sauer wins NL MVP
1952 George Axelrods "7 Year Itch," premieres in New York City
1952 Prague show trial against 14 communists (9 Jewish) begin
1951 Snowdonia becomes a National Park in Wales
1949 Jewish population of Israel reaches 1,000,000
1948 U.S. balloon reaches height of 42.7 km (record)
1947 "Meet the Press" makes network TV debut on NBC
1947 1st permanent TV installed on seagoing vessel (New Jersey)
1947 Britain's Princess Elizabeth, marries Duke Philip Mountbatten
1947 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Mediator Dei
1947 U.N. General assembly begins debate on printing their own stamps
1946 Lillian Hellman's "Another Part of the Forest," premieres in New York City
1945 24 Nazi leaders put on trial at Nuremberg, Germany
1945 Dmitri Sjostakovitch's 9th Symphony under J Mravinski premieres
1945 Queen Wilhelmina opens parliament in Hague
1944 1st Japanse suicide submarine attack (Ulithi Atol, Carolines)
1944 Amsterdam: Vondelpark closed because of kappen of trees
1944 Prince Bernhard establishes staff in Breda
1943 U-538 sinks in Atlantic Ocean
1943 U.S. forces land on Tarawa and Makin Atoll in Gilbert Island
1942 26th Russian Armoured Corps recaptures Perelazovski
1942 British 8th Army recaptures Benghazi, Libya
1942 Hitler names Field Marshal Erich von Manstein becomes commanding
1942 NHL abolishes regular season OT until WW II is over
1942 Soviet army offensive, 1 million Russians breach German lines
1941 Admiral Nomura and Kurusu hands over Japanese last diplomatic note
1941 German Q/pirate ship Kormoran sinks near Australia
1940 German air raid on Birmingham fails
1940 Hungary joins 3 Power pact
1938 1st documented anti-semitic remarks over U.S. radio (by Father Coughlin)
1934 Eiji Sawamura, 17, gives up 1 hit, Lou Gehrig's home run, Japan beats U.S. 1-0
1934 Lillian Hellman's "Children's Hour," premieres in New York City
1934 New Belgian government of Theunis, Francqui and Gutt (3 bankers)
1934 Tornoto Maple Leaf Harvey Jackson is 1st to score 4 goals in 1 period
1932 Earthquake at Uden Netherlands
1931 Commercial teletype service begins (AT&T)
1929 1st broadcast of "Goldbergs" on U.S. radio
1929 Salvador Dali's 1st one-man show
1928 Boston Gardens opens, Mont Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 1-0
1928 WGH-AM in Newport News Virginia begins radio transmissions
1923 Garrett Morgan invents and patents traffic signal
1922 Zoe Akins' "Texas Nightingale," premieres in New York City
1920 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to U.S. president Woodrow Wilson
1919 1st municipally owned airport in U.S. opens (Tucson Az)
1917 1st tank battle (Britain breaks through German lines)
1917 Ukrainian Republic declared
1915 7th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tigers defeats Toronto Rowing, 13-7
1914 U.S. State Department starts requiring photographs for passports
1911 Gustav Mahlers "Tie Song of the Erde" premieres in Munich
1910 Revolution broke out in Mexico, led by Francisco I Madero
1909 Jack Williams of Ottawa Rough Riders kicks 9 singles in a game
1906 George Bernard Shaws "Doctor's Dilemma," premieres in London
1902 Geo Lefevre and Henri Desgrange create Tour de France bicycle race
1901 Opera "Griselidis" is produced (Paris)
1894 U.S. intervenes in Bluefields, Nicaragua
1890 Pope Leo XIII encyclical On slavery in missions
1889 Gustav Mahlers 1st Symphony
1888 William Bundy patents timecard clock
1873 Rival cities of Buda and Pest unite to form the capital of Hungary
1866 1st national convention of Grand Army of Republic (veterans' org)
1866 Howard University founded (Wash, DC)
1866 Pierre Lalemont patents rotary crank bicycle
1865 Howard University forms in Washington D.C.
1862 Armies of Mississippi/Kentucky merge as Army of Tennessee
1862 Confederate army of Tennessee, organizes under General Braxton Bragg
1852 Charles Reade/Tom Taylor's "Masks and Faces," premieres in London
1833 Charles Darwin reaches Punta Gorda, sees Rio Uruguay
1829 Jews expelled from Nikolayev and Sevastopol Russia
1817 1st Seminole War begins in Florida
1815 2nd Peace of Paris: France and allies
1815 Russia, Prussia, Austria and England signs Great Alliance
1805 Beethoven's "Fidelio," premieres in Vienna
1795 Curacao government forbids slave work on Sunday
1789 New Jersey is 1st state to ratify Bill of Rights
1780 Britain declares war on Holland
1759 Battle in Bay of Quiberon, British beat French
1755 English minister William Pitt Sr resigns
1719 Sweden and Hannover sign peace Treaty of Stockholm
1637 Peter Minuit and 1st Swedish immigrants to Delaware sail from Sweden
1616 Bishop Richelieu becomes French minister of Foreign affairs/War
1583 Duke of Parma conquerors Aalst
1521 Arabs attribute shortage of water in Jerusalem to Jews making wine
1520 Friesland hit by heavy hail storm
1431 1st meeting of Order of Guilder Flies
1347 Roman tribunal Coke di Rienzo beats nobles
1342 Pope Clemens VI names John IV of Arkel as bishop of Utrecht
1272 Edward I proclaimed King of England
1168 Giovanni di Struma elected anti-Pope