On This Day – 20 October

Important Events

1097 1st Crusaders arrive in Antioch during the First Crusade

1603 Chinese uprising in the Philippines fails after 23,000 killed

1803 US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase

1864 US President Abraham Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday

1935 Communist forces end their Long March at Yan’an, in Shaanxi, China, bringing Mao Zedong to prominence

Today In Film & TV

1998 Comedian Richard Pryor is awarded the 1st ever Mark Twain Prize for American Humour

Today In Music

1973 Queen Elizabeth II opens the Sydney Opera House

Today In Sports

1973 President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe greatest athlete of 1st ½ century

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