June 20 holidays in 2018

Holiday nameHoliday locationHoliday type
Martyrs' Day
Eritrea Public Holiday
Flag Day
Argentina National Holiday
West Virginia Day
United states (West Virginia) State Holiday
American Eagle Day
United states Observance
Eid-al-Fitr Holiday (public sector only)
Saudi arabia Observance
World Refugee Day
- International

Historical Events on June 20

  • 1819: The SS Savannah becomes the first steam-propelled ship to cross the Atlantic when it arrives at Liverpool in the United Kingdom.
  • 1837: Queen Victoria takes the British throne.
  • 1840: A patent for the telegraph is given to Samuel Morse.
  • 1863: West Virginia becomes the 35th State is the U.S.
  • 1877: The first commercial telephone services in Hamilton, Ontario is installed by Alexander Graham Bell.
  • 1893: Lizzie Borden is found innocent of the murders of her father and stepmother.
  • 1895: The Kiel Canal is opened on this date.
  • 1900: An almost 2-month siege of Legation Quarter in Beijing, China is begun by the Imperial Chinese Army during the Boxer Rebellion.
  • 1900: The leader of the Russian Polar Expedition of 1900 – Baron Eduard Toll – leaves the city of Saint Petersburg, Russian aboard the explorer ship named Zarya. He is never seen again.
  • 1940: During World War II on this date, Italy attempts to invade France but fails.
  • 1941: Just 2-days before Hitler invades Russia, the U.S. Army Air Corps is downgraded to just being the training and logistical army of the U.S Army Air Forces.
  • 1942: Kazimierz Piechowski and 3 other political prisoners manage to escape an Auschwitz Concentration Camp by dressing as members of the SS-Totenkopfverbände and stealing an SS stafe car.
  • 1943: The Detroit Race Riots begin. They will last for 3 more days.
  • 1944: The Battle of the Philippine Sea ends during World War 2. It was a decisive naval victory and the aerial portion of the battle is often known as the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot.
  • 1945: Under Operation Paperclip, the U.S Secretary of State approves the transfer of Wernher von Braun and his team of Nazi scientists to the United States.

Famous Birthdays on June 20

  • English biochemist and Nobel Prize laureate, Frederick Gowland Hopkins is born in 1861.
  • American actress Olympia Dukakis is born in 1931.
  • American actor Danny Aiello is born in 1933.
  • English actor John Mahoney is born in 1940.
  • American singer-songwriter and producer, Lionel Richie is born in 1949.