Today in History

Listings for Tuesday, October 20, 2020.


  • Orionid meteor shower, radiant in Orion.
  • 1600 Battle of Sekigahara, which established the Tokugawa clan as rulers of Japan (SHOGUN) until 1865 (basis of Clavell's novel).
  • 1740 Maria Theresa becomes ruler of Austria, Hungary & Bohemia
  • 1803 the Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1818 US & Britain agree to joint control of Oregon country.
  • 1820 Spain gives Florida to the United States.
  • 1906 Dr Lee DeForest gives a demonstration of his radio tube.
  • 1944 MacArthur returns to the Phillipines, says "I have returned."
  • 1979 John F. Kennedy Library dedicated in Boston.

That's all for today.

Today In History