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October 20th Major News Events

  1. 1947 The House Un-American Activities Committee began investigating alleged Communist activities involving Hollywood entertainers
  2. 1955 Final Lord of the Rings Book Published
  3. 1968 Jackie Kennedy marries Greek multimillionaire Aristotle Onassis
  4. 1973 President Nixon fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox
  5. 1973 Australia Sydney Opera House Opens
  6. 1984 Monterey Bay Aquarium

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20 Oct, 1947 UN American Activities

1947 : The House Un-American Activities Committee began investigating alleged Communist activities involving Hollywood entertainers. The house then pressured the Hollywood establishment to create a blacklist of those not cleared by the committee to ensure they did not obtain work but most continued to write using pseudonyms.

20 Oct, 2005 Iraq Hussein Pleads Not Guilty

2005 : Saddam Hussein pleads "not guilty" at the opening of the al-Dujail trial. During the proceeding, Hussein argued that the judge was not appointed by him, and he did not acknowledge the court. A tribunal of five Iraqi judges headed by Rizgar Mohammed Amin will decide his sentence including if he is liable for the Death Penalty.

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20 Oct, 1924 U.S.A. Earthquake

1924 : An earthquake rattles most of the state of South Carolina and the surrounding area. The highest intensity was recorded in Pickens, Brevard, Walhalla and Hendersonville.

20 Oct, 1927 U.S.A. Differential Analyser

1927 : A new electrical machine with a mechanical mind has been perfected at Massachusetts Institute of Technology / MIT by Professor Vannevar Bush which can solve problems to complex for human engineers. The Product a differential analyser allows the mathematician or engineer to feed in the equation and parts of the problem which cannot be solved by formal mathematics. The machine can take from 8 minutes to several hours to provide the answer which man alone can not solve today.

20 Oct, 1952 U.S.A. Communist Party

1952 : The Subversive Activities Control Board has recommended that the American Communist Party be registered with the US government and be forced to show it's membership roster and financial records under the internal security act of 1950.

From 1966 Toys Page

  • Barbie Teaching Skipper to Ride a Pony From The 1960s Barbie Skipper and Pony
    Manufacturer: Mattel
    Price: $8.20
    Description Play set includes Barbie and her outfit, Skipper and her outfit and the palomino pony, Barbie is teaching her younger sister Skipper to ride a pony.

  • Rock  Em Sock Em Robots From The 1960s Rock Em Sock Em Robots
    Price: $9.44
    Description Rock Em Sock Em Robots popular games for more than 20 years.

20 Oct, 1955 Final Lord of the Rings Book Published

1955 : J. R. R. Tolkien's final book "The Return of the King" is published from the 3 fantasy novels making up "The Lord of the Rings" book series which was written between 1937 and 1949. The books were set in Middle-earth and featured hobbits, wizards, elves, dwarves, orcs, men and the quest for the One Ring that rules the other Rings of Power. All three books were made into movies directed by Peter Jackson, with each movie released for Christmas and the final movie released on 17th December 2003 which won 11 Academy Awards including the Oscar for Best Picture.

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20 Oct, 1967 U.S.A. Vietnam Protesters

1967 : More than 10,000 protesters took to the streets of Oakland, California on the fifth day of demonstrations in protest against American involvement in the Vietnam War.

20 Oct, 1968 Greece Onassis

October 20th, 1968 : Jackie Kennedy marries Greek multimillionaire Aristotle Onassis on his privately owned island paradise part of the Greek Islands.

20 Oct, 1973 U.S.A. Watergate

1973 : President Nixon fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox and abolished the Watergate prosecution force. He also accepted the resignation of Attorney General Elliot L Richardson and fired all his deputies.

20 Oct, 1973 Australia Sydney Opera House

October 20th, 1973 : Sydney Opera House one the one of the world's most distinctive buildings opens in on the banks of Sydney Harbour, Australia. The unusual design was by the Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the work on Sydney Opera House had begun 15 years earlier.

20 Oct, 1983 Grenada Prime Minister Assassinated

1983 : The Prime Minister of Grenada, Maurice Bishop, is shot dead by the armed forces at the Caribbean island's military headquarters.

From 1966 Fashions Page Page

  • 1966 Pindot Sharkskin Suit Pin-dot Sharkskin Suit
    Price: $39.50
    Description Sharkskin look in a lustrous pin-dot fabric. Year-round blend of sixty percent Orlon acrylic, thirty percent worsted wool and ten percent polyester, holds its shape so you look neat. Two button model is carefully tailored with side vents, hacking-flap pockets, and stitched edges. Plain front trousers are cut for a man with a youthful, athletic build. Colors are dark bottle-green or medium dark blue.

  • 1966 Plaid Wool Coat Plaid Wool Coat
    Price: $27.90
    Description Bonny plaid of gray, dark olive and oyster-white heather... prettier still because the fabric's softly brushed. Deep back-pleat swings from yoke. Wool, reused wool, unknown reused fibers and other fibers.

  • 20 Oct, 1984 Monterey Bay Aquarium

    October 20th, 1984 : Monterey Bay Aquarium one of the largest aquariums in the world opens in Monterey Bay, California. Amongst it's many firsts the Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world able to keep a great white shark captive for more than 16 days.

    20 Oct, 1988 England Right To Silence

    1988 : The British Government announces plans to change the law regarding a suspect's right to remain silent and a person's reason for remaining silent could be interpreted by a judge and jury for guilt or innocence.

    20 Oct, 1991 U.S.A. Oakland Firestorm

    October 20th, 1991 : The Oakland Firestorm happens on the hillsides of northern Oakland, California killing 25 and injuring 150 others. The fire claimed 2,843 single-family dwellings and 437 apartment and condominium units.

    20 Oct, 1995 U.S.A. UN Loan

    1995 : The United Nations was forced to take out a loan of $125 as it had exceeded it's annual budget and decided to hand out bills to its biggest debtors and at the top of the list was the United States which owed the U.N. $1.25 billion. The announcement of America's debt, was a sad moment for the country that had helped found and initially fund the U.N.

    20 Oct, 2006 India Bus Crash

    October 20th, 2006 : A bus in Rewa, India, drove into a lake after possibly experiencing brake failure. A total of fifty-six people died while nine were either rescued or able to swim to shore.

    20 Oct, 2007 Piyush Amrit "Bobby" Jindal Elected

    2007 : Piyush Amrit "Bobby" Jindal is elected as the youngest current governor in the United States and also the first Indian-American governor in the country.

    20 Oct, 2007 U.S.A. California Forest Fires

    October 20th, 2007 : One of the largest and deadliest fires in US history begins in Southern California fanned by the Santa Ana winds destroying 400,000 acres and 2,000 homes.

    20 Oct, 2011 Libyan Ex-Leader Muammar Gaddafi Killed

    2011 : Former leader of Libya for 42 years, Muammar Gaddafi, was killed in his home town of Sirte after being thrown out of power. The country had faced months of fighting between pro-Gaddafi forces and anti-Gaddafi rebels and the effort to remove Gaddafi had been aided by a Nato bombing campaign.

    20 Oct, 2011 Greece National Day of Protest

    October 20th, 2011 : Greeks protest on the second day of a nationwide general strike, against new austerity measures including higher taxes and cuts to public sector wages intended to alleviate the country's ongoing debt crisis. Riots break out and one man is killed and at least 74 people are injured during the protests.

    20 Oct, 2012 Luxembourg Royal Wedding Takes Place

    2012 : Crown Prince Guillaume marries the Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy in Luxembourg. Royals and regular citizens attended a special service at Notre Dame Cathedral celebrating the marriage the day after the civil ceremony took place.

    20 Oct, 2013 Nigeria Boko Haram Kills Motorists

    October 20th, 2013 : At least nineteen people were killed at checkpoints in Nigeria's Borno state. Gunmen dressed as military were identified as Boko Haram, the group did not confirm that. They reportedly stopped motorists and then shot and killed them.

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    Celebrating Birthdays Today

    Tom Petty

    Born: October 20th, 1950, Gainesville, Florida USA

    Died: October 2nd, 2017, Santa Monica, California, USA

    Known For : Frontman of the American Rock Band "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers" who have had a number of hits including "American Girl" (1977), "Breakdown" (1977), "Don't Do Me Like That" (1979), and "Don't Come Around Here No More" (1985). They also appeared at the Super Bowl XLII Halftime show performing “American Girl,” “I Won't Back Down,” “Free Fallin',” and “Runnin' Down a Dream.”

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    Kamala Harris

    Born: October 20th, 1964, Oakland, California

    Known For : US Senator and former Attorney General of California (2011 to 2017) and District Attorney of San Francisco (2004 - 2011). Kamala Harris was the first US Senator of Indian and Jamaican heritage and won her seat in 2016, replacing long-time Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer. Currently Vice President of the United States ( 2021 )

    From Our 1960s Shoes and Hats Fashion Accessories page

  • 1966 Cobra Buckle Shoe Cobra Buckle Shoe
    Price: $7.77
    Description Dashing, color-enchanted look for the elegant young foot. High-riding suede upper captures a color-matched cobra buckle. One and a half inch heel and composition sole. Colors are green, golden tan or black.
  • 1966 Envelope Bag Envelope Bag
    Price: $3.97
    Description Black envelope bag with silver-color buckle. Center zip pocket. Vinyl-lined. Choose from patent plastic or smooth vinyl.