September 20 Events in History - September 20 Birthdays - September 20 Deaths
2014 49 hostages of the Islamic State are freed and returned to Turkey after an operation enacted by the Turkish government after the June kidnapping in Mosul, Iraq; Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will not give information regarding its actions
2014 16-year-old Cole Custer wins the NASCAR Truck Series, becoming the youngest winner of the race
2013 Within days of its launch, the 'Grand Theft Auto V' videogame reaches sales of $1billion, becoming the fastest single entertainment product ever to achieve these sales
2013 New York Yankees player Alex Rodrigues, sets a Major League Baseball record with 24 grand slam home runs
2012 Former U.S. Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty resigns from Mitt Romney's Presidential campaign, planning instead to work for the Financial Services Roundtable in Washington, D.C.
2012 A University of Nebraska-Lincoln communication specialist predicts that future use of unmanned aerial vehicles in journalism will become widespread
2011 The 8th largest search engine in the world, Russia's Yandex, marks its first venture outside the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) by expanding into Turkey
2011 The U.S. officially ends its Don't ask, don't tell military policy, allowing gay and lesbian personnel to publicly declare their sexual orientation
2010 In Parana, Brazil, a stadium collapses during a car race, injuring 110 people
2010 The brightest object in the night sky next to the Moon is the planet Jupiter, as it makes its closest approach to Earth since 1963
2004 Tropical Storm Jeanne kills more than 550 during flooding in Haiti
2000 Patent on RSA cryptograph algorithm ends
1997 Yankees clinch 37th appearance in post season, 3rd consecutive
1995 Cincinnati Reds becomes 1st team to clinch NL Central
1994 Space shuttle STS-64 (Discovery 20), lands
1992 Colleen Walker wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
1992 Frances votes in favor of Maastricht treaty
1992 Leanza Cornett (Florida), 21, crowned 66th Miss America 1993
1992 Phils' Mickey Moradini makes an unassisted triple play
1992 Space shuttle STS-47 (Endeavour 2) lands
1991 Lion's Terry Taylor reinstated after 1 year drug related suspension
1990 Both Germanys ratify reunification
1990 Saddam Hussein demands U.S. networks broadcast his message
1990 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1989 FW De Klerk sworn in as president of South Africa
1989 Musical "Miss Saigon," premieres in London
1989 U.S. Air overshoots runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, 2 people die
1988 Darrell Evans hits his 400th career home run
1988 Greg Louganis wins Olympic gold medal in springboard diving
1988 Wade Boggs is 1st player to get 200 hits for 6 consecutive seasons
1987 "Big River" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City after 1005 performances
1987 39th Emmy Awards: LA Law, Bruce Willis and Sharon Gless wins
1987 Alain Prost wins record 28th Formula one auto race
1987 Dwight Clark ends NFL streak of 105 consecutive game receptions
1987 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
1987 Walter Payton scores NFL record 107th rushing touchdown
1986 Wichita State Shockers blow a 35-3 lead; lose 36-35 to Morehead State
1985 Curtis Strong is convicted for selling cocaine to pro baseball players
1985 Walt Disney World receives its 200-millionth guest
1984 "Cosby Show" premieres on NBC-TV
1984 Cubs break 2 million in home attendance for 1st time
1984 Suicide car bomb attacks U.S. Embassy annex in Beirut, kills 23
1983 3,112 turn out to see Pirates play New York Mets at Shea Stadium
1983 Cryptographic Communications System and Method (RSA) patented
1982 Jalaluddin takes a one-day hat-trick Pakistan vs. Australia
1982 NFL players begin a 57 day strike
1981 24th Ryder Cup: U.S., 18 -9 at Walton Heath GC, England
1981 Belize declares independence
1981 Joe Danelo kicks then New York Giant record 55 yard field goal
1981 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
1980 Bronze plaque dedicated to memory of Thurman Munson at Yankee Stadium
1980 George Brett goes 0-for-4 dropping his avg below .400 for good
1980 Plaque dedicated in Thurman Munson's memory at Yankee Stadium
1980 Spectacular Bid runs in Belmont alone as 3 horses drop out
1979 Coup in Central African Rep: David Dacko overthrows emperor Bokassa I
1979 Jose E dod Santos becomes president of Angola
1979 NASA launches HEAO
1978 "Eubie!" opens at Ambassador Theater New York City for 439 performances
1978 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1978 Yamada Mumon Roshi visits Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach Germany
1977 "Estrada" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 7 performances
1977 Vietnam and Djibouti ask for membership in U.N.
1977 Voyager 2 launched for fly-by of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
1976 Metroliner official opens in Brussels
1976 Playboy releases Jimmy Carter's interview that he lusts for women
1976 Sid Berstein offers $230 million charity concert for Beatle reunion
1975 21st Ryder Cup: U.S., 21-11 at Laurel Valley Golf Club Pennsylvania
1975 David Bowie's 'Fame' single goes #1 for 2 weeks
1975 Gary Sentman draws a record 176 lb longbow to a maximum 28" draw
1973 Billy Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match
1973 Willie Mays announces retirement at end of 1973 season
1972 Police find cannabis growing on Paul and Linda McCartney's farm
1970 Jim Morrison found not guilty of "lewd" behavior
1970 Luna 16 lands on Moon's Mare Fecunditatis, drills core sample
1969 18th Ryder Cup: Draw, 16-16 at Royal Birkdale, England
1969 Archies' "Sugar Sugar" hits #1
1969 Pittsburgh Pirate Bob Moose no-hits New York Mets, 4-0
1968 Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536
1967 Benin separates from Nigeria
1967 British liner Queen Elizabeth II launched at Clydebank, Scotland
1967 Hurricane Beulah hits Texas-Mexican border, kills 38
1967 WCAE TV channel 50 in St. John, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
1967 WCIX TV channel 6 in Miami, Florida (CBS) begins broadcasting
1966 U.S. Surveyor B launched toward Moon; crashed Sept 23
1965 WXXW (now WYCC) TV channel 20 in Chicago, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting
1964 Gunter Grass' "Die Plebejern proben den Aufstand," premieres in Berlin
1964 Paramount Theater (New York City) presented the Beatles with Steve and Eydie
1962 Ben Bella wins 1st elections in independent Algeria
1962 Governor R. Barnett refuses to admit a black to Miss Universe (James Meredith)
1961 After 84 1/3 innings Bill Fischer gives up a base on balls
1961 James Meredith refused access as a student in Mississippi
1961 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1961 Roger Maris hits home run # 59 and barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yankees clinch pennant #26
1960 U.N. General Assembly admit 13 African countries and Cyprus (96 nations)
1960 WFSU TV channel 11 in Tallahassee, Florida (PBS) begins broadcasting
1959 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Links Golf Invitation Open
1958 Baltimore Oriole knuckler Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits New York Yankees 1-0
1958 Ferhat Abbas forms Algerian government in exile (Cairo)
1958 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1955 Willie Mays (Giants) homers off Vern Law (Pirates) in both ends of DH
1955 Willie Mays is 7th player to reach 50 home runs in a season
1954 1st FORTRAN computer program run
1954 1st National People's Congress adopts Chinese constitution
1954 KETC TV channel 9 in Saint Louis, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
1954 Los Stravinsky's "In Memoriam Dylan Thomas," premieres in Angeles
1954 Roger Bannister awarded Britain's Silver Pears Trophy
1953 Cubs Ernie Banks hits his 1st major league home run
1952 KPTV TV channel 12 in Portland, OR (IND) begins broadcasting
1951 1st North Pole jet crossing
1951 NL President Ford Frick elected 3rd commissioner of baseball
1951 Swiss males votes against female suffrage
1949 Dutch Guilder devalued 30.3%
1949 Tennis player Pancho Gonzales turns professional
1948 "Magdalena" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 48 performances
1948 Mexican Baseball league disbanded
1946 Churchill argues for a "US of Europe"
1945 German rocket engineers begin work in U.S.
1944 Polish forces free Terneuzen, Netherlands
1943 Liberator bombers sinks U-338
1942 Gunther Hagg becomes world champ of all records from 1500m to 5000m
1939 British fleet takes German U-27 boat
1939 Joe Louis KOs Bob Pastor in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
1938 Dmitri Shostakovich's Suite for jazz orchestra, premieres
1938 Emlyn Williams' "Corn is Green," premieres in London
1933 Pittsburgh Steelers (as Pirates) play 1st NFL game, lose 23-2
1932 Chicago Cubs clinch the NL pennant
1932 Dutch South Seas rebaptized in IJsselmeer
1932 Gandhi begins hunger strike against treatment of untouchables
1931 Lou Gehrig's 4 RBIs break his old RBI mark of 175 en route to 184
1927 New York Yankee Babe Ruth hits record 60th home run of season off Tom Zachry
1924 Carl Mays is 1st pitcher to win 20 games seasons for 3 different teams
1924 Cub's Grover Cleveland Alexander beats New York Giants to win 300th game
1922 Goodman and Atteridge's musical "Passing Show," premieres in New York City
1922 Rogers Hornsby ends hitting streak of 33 games
1919 2nd PGA Championship: Jim Barnes at Engineers CC Roslyn NY
1919 Babe Ruth ties Ned Williamson's major league mark of 27 home runs
1919 Booth Tarkington's "Clarence," premieres in New York City
1918 Royal Dutch Blast furnace and Steel factory opens in Hague
1917 British assault on Polygon-forest, France
1913 19th U.S. Golf Open: Francis Ouimet shoots a 304 at The Country Club MA
1911 Yankees set team record 12 errors in a double header
1908 Chicago White Sox Frank Smith 2nd no-hitter, beats Philadelphia 1-0
1905 Cleveland makes AL record 7 errors in an inning
1904 George Ade's "College Widow," premieres in New York City
1904 Orville and Wilbur Wright fly a circle in their Flyer II
1902 Chicago White Sox Jim Callahan no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
1896 John Mcdermott wins 1st U.S. marathon (New York City)
1884 6.2 mile Arlberg railroad tunnel completed in Austria
1884 Equal Rights Party nominates female candidates for President and Vice President
1881 Chester A. Arthur sworn in as 21st president
1879 U.S. Grants come to San Francisco for elaborate extended visit
1877 Chase National Bank opens in New York City (later merges into Chase Manhattan)
1876 Ottawa Football Club forms
1873 Panic sweeps New York Stock Exchange (railroad bond default/bank failure) New York shut banks for 10 days due to a bank scandal
1870 Italian army under Victor Emmanuel II seizes Rome from the French
1870 Mayor William Tweed accused of robbing New York treasury
1870 Pope Pius IX surrenders to King Victor Emmanuel
1863 Civil War Battle of Chickamauga, near Chattanooga Tennessee, ends
1861 Battle of Lexington, MI-captured by Union
1860 1st British royalty to visit U.S., Prince of Wales (King Edward VII)
1859 George Simpson patents electric range
1854 Battle at Alma Krim: 1,000 British soldiers died
1854 British and French defeat Russians at Alma, in Crimea
1850 Slave trade abolished in DC, but slavery allowed to continue
1839 1st railroad in Netherland opens (Amsterdam-Haarlem)
1833 Charles Darwin rides horse to Buenos Aires
1828 Gioacchino Rossini's opera "Le Comte Ory," premieres in Paris
1797 U.S. frigate Constitution (Old Ironsides) launched in Boston
1793 British troops under major-general Williamson lands on (French) Haiti
1792 French defeat Prussians at Valmy
1787 Prince Willem V returns to Hague
1777 Paoli massacre
1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie flees to France from Scotland
1697 Peace of Saki (ends 9 years war)
1688 French troops occupies Palts
1674 2nd West Indie Company forms
1664 Maryland passes 1st anti-amalgamation law to stop intermarriage of English women and black men
1643 1st battle at Newbury: King Charles I vs Robert Devereux' armies
1620 Battle at Jassy: Turks beat king Sigismund III of Poland
1604 Spanish army under Spinola recaptures Oostende
1565 Spaniards capture Fort Caroline Florida and massacre the French
1530 Luther advises protestant monarch compromise
1519 Ferdinand Magellan starts 1st successful circumnavigation of world
1378 Robert de Geneve, "butcher of Cesena" crowned anti-pope Clemens VII
1258 Cathedral of Salisbury inaugurated
622 Prophet Mohammed/Abu Bakr arrives in Jathrib (Medina)
451 General Aetius defeats Attila the Hun at Chalons-sur-Marne
368 Emperor Valentinianus visits Nijmegen