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September 20
480 BC   Themistocles and his Greek fleet win one of history's first decisive naval victories over Xerxes' Persian force off Salamis.
1378   The election of Robert of Geneva as anti-pope by discontented cardinals creates a great schism in the Catholic church.
1519   Ferdinand Magellan embarks from Spain on a voyage to circumnavigate the world.
1561   Queen Elizabeth of England signs a treaty at Hamptan Court with French Huguenot leader Louis de Bourbon, the Prince of Conde. The English will occupy Le Harve in return for aiding Bourbon against the Catholics of France.
1565   Pedro Menendez of Spain wipes out the French at Fort Caroline, in Florida.
1604   After a two-year siege, the Spanish retake Ostend, the Netherlands, from the Dutch.
1784   Packet and Daily, the first daily publication in America, appears on the streets.
1806   Explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark pass the French village of La Charette, the first white settlement they have seen in more than two years.
1830   The National Negro Convention convenes in Philadelphia with the purpose of abolishing slavery.
1850   The slave trade is abolished in the District of Columbia.
1853   The Allies defeat the Russians at the battle of Alma on the Crimean Peninsula.
1863   Union troops under George Thomas prevent the Union defeat at Chickamauga from becoming a rout, earning him the nickname "the Rock of Chickamauga."
1934   Bruno Hauptmann arrested for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby.
1952   Scientists confirm that DNA holds hereditary data.
1971   Hurricane Irene becomes the first hurricane known to cross from the Atlantic to Pacific, where it is renamed Hurricane Olivia.
1973   In a pro tennis bout dubbed "The Battle of the Sexes," Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs at the Houston Astrodome in Texas.
1977   Socialist Republic of Vietnam admitted to the United Nations.
1984   Suicide car bomber attacks US embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 22.
1985   Australia introduces a capital gains tax.
1990   South Ossetia declares its independence from George in the former Soviet Union.
2000   British MI6 Secret intelligence Service building in London attacked by unidentified group using RPG-22 anti-tank missile.
2001   US Pres. George W. Bush, addressing a joint session of Congress, declares a "war on terror.".
2008   A truck loaded with explosives detonates by Marriott hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing 45 and injuring 226.
2011   US military ends its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and allows gay men and women to serve openly.

Born on September 20

1833   Petroleum V. Nasby (David Ross Locke), humorist whose work was enjoyed by Abraham Lincoln.
1842   Lord James Dewar, physician who invented the vacuum flask and cordite, the first smokeless powder.
1878   Upton Sinclair, author best known today for The Jungle.
1884   Maxwell Perkins, editor, the first to publish F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe.
1885   Ferdinand Lamenthe (Jelly Roll Morton), jazz pianist, composer and singer, one of the first to orchestrate jazz music.
1891   Lamine Gueye, Senegalese political leader.
1917   Arnold "Red" Auerbach, second winningest basketball coach in history with 1,037 victories for the Boston Celtics.
1920   Jay Ward, creator and producer of animated TV cartoons (Rocky & His Friends, renamed The Bullwinkle Show; George of the Jungle).
1934   Sofia Loren (Sofia Scicolone), first actress to win the Academy Award for Best Actress for a performance in a non-English language film (Two Women); received Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievements (1995.
1941   Dale Chihuly, sculptor known for his unique creations in blown glass.
1967   Kristen Johnston, actress; won two Emmy Awards as Sally Solomon in 3rd Rock from the Sun TV series.

 


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