On This Day In History, 20 October

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World Events Today

  • Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin took their short motion picture, of an unidentified subject which they claimed was a Bigfoot, today in 1967
  • The Chancellor of West Germany, Willy Brandt, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today in 1971, it was for his efforts to strengthen the relationship between West Germany and Eastern Europe
  • Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi, better known more simply as Colonel Gaddafi, the Libyan revolutionary, was captured and killed by National Transitional Council Forces today in 2011

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Luzhniki disaster occurred today in 1982 at the Central Lenin Stadium in Moscow, a reported 66 people died in the human crush inside the stadium, during a match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem
  • The Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna finished second in the Japanese Grand Prix today in 1991, it was enough for him to win the Drivers’ Championship for that year
  • The American comedian Richard Pryor won the inaugural Mark Twain Prize for American Humor today in 1998

Family Events Today

  • The American baseball player Mickey Mantle, regarded by many as the greatest switch hitter in the history of the game, was born today in 1931 in Oklahoma
  • Calvin Cordozar Broadus Junior, better known as the rapper Snoop Dogg, whose hits include What’s My Name and Gin and Juice, was born today in 1971 in California
  • The American actor Burt Lancaster, who starred in many movies, including From Here to Eternity and Trapeze, died today in 1994 aged 80

Main Event Today

  • The Sydney Opera House, one of the most iconic buildings of the 20th century, opened today in 1973

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Brandied Fruit Day

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