On This Day In History, 20 July


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World Events Today

  • Euston railway station, the first intercity railway terminal in London, opened today in 1837
  • The Apollo Lunar Module Eagle landed on the Moon today in 1969, the American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the Moon
  • The Provisional Irish Republican Army, the IRA, bombed Hyde Park and Regent’s Park in London today in 1982, 11 military personnel were killed in the attacks

Entertainment Events Today

  • The English actress Jane Asher broke her engagement with the British pop star Paul McCartney, on live TV today in 1968, it shocked many people including him
  • The former NFL star O J Simpson, accused of murdering his wife, offered a reward of 500,000 US Dollars today in 1994, for any information leading to the “real killer”
  • A gunman shot and killed 12 people, during a midnight screening of the movie The Dark Knight Rises, in a theatre in Colorado today in 2012

Family Events Today

  • The New Zealand explorer Sir Edmund Percival Hillary, the first person to climb Mount Everest, with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was born today in 1919 in Auckland
  • Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko, better known as the American actress Natalie Wood, who starred in many movies, including Rebel Without a Cause and West Side Story, was born today in 1938 in San Francisco
  • Lee Jun-fan, better known as the American martial artist and actor Bruce Lee, who starred in many movies, including Fists of Fury and Enter the Dragon, died today in 1973 aged 32

Main Event Today

  • Claus von Stauffenberg and other conspirators attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler at the Wolf’s Lair today in 1944, the bomb went off but failed to kill him

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Lollipop Day

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