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October 20th is a unique date on the calendar, marked by a diverse collection of holidays and celebrations that recognize different professions, causes, and interests worldwide.

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Interesting Facts of October 20th

  1. 1. The Treaty of 1818 was signed between the United States and the United Kingdom on October 20, 1818, which established the 49th parallel as the boundary between British North America (now Canada) and the United States from the Lake of the Woods to the Rocky Mountains.
  2. 2. On October 20, 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) began investigating alleged communist influence and infiltration in the American film industry, leading to the Hollywood blacklist and the careers of many actors, directors, and writers being destroyed.
  3. 3. The Sino-Indian War began on October 20, 1962 as a conflict between China and India over disputed Himalayan borders. It lasted about a month, with China declaring a ceasefire on November 20, claiming victory.
  4. 4. On October 20, 1973, during the Watergate Scandal, an event known as the "Saturday Night Massacre" occurred. President Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox; Richardson refused and resigned along with Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus. Solicitor General Robert Bork carried out the dismissal.
  5. 5. On October 20, 2011, after a civil war, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed in Sirte, marking the end of his 42-year rule and leading to the destabilization of the country in years to come.
  6. 6. The World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of Ebola on October 20, 2014, successfully interrupting the transmission of the virus after an outbreak earlier that year. This was seen as a significant success in the global effort to contain the Ebola epidemic.