December 20: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, December 20, 1996, the classic horror film "Scream” was released?

December 20th is known as Games Day and Sangria Day.

Welcome to the 354th day of the year! We’re rapidly approaching the end of the year with only 11 days left of 2023.

This day was certainly an interesting day in years gone by and you’re about to discover the good, the bad and the ugly events that all happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1996, the classic horror film “Scream” was released? It was credited with revitalizing the horror genre, which, at that point, was considered almost dead.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 20th in history!

What Events Happened On December 20 In History?

2017 Lady Gaga signed a Las Vegas residency deal for $75 million at MGM Park Theatre.

2007 Pablo Picasso’s “Portrait of Suzanne Bloch” was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art, along with O Lavrador de Café by Candido Portinari.

OTD in 2007: Pablo Picasso's "Portrait of Suzanne Bloch" was stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art

2002 Gangs of New York, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz, was released.

1996 The horror film classic “Scream,” starring Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, was released.

1991 A Palestinian couple was convicted of first-degree murder for the honor killing on their daughter.

In St. Louis, Missouri, Zein Isa and his wife Maria performed an honor killing on their daughter, with Maria holding her while Zein stabbed her. The FBI had already been monitoring Zein due to terrorist suspicion, and her death was recorded on audiotape from a bug.

1985 Pope John Paul II established World Youth Day, an event for young Christians around the world.

1977 The first spacewalk was made by the Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Grechko during Salyut 6 EO-1 mission.

OTD in 1977: The first spacewalk was made by the Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Grechko during Salyut 6 EO-1 mission.

During the 96-day mission, Grechko used an Orlan spacesuit (still used today) to inspect if there was damage on the forward docking port.

1968 The Zodiac Killer claimed two more victims.

Although Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday were the first confirmed Zodiac victims, it's impossible to say if they were his first kills. Betty and David were high school students on their first date in Vallejo, California, when the Zodiac Killer murdered them.

1955 Cardiff was proclaimed the capital of Wales by the UK’s Minister for Welsh Affairs.

1946 The Christmas classic directed by Frank Capra, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” premiered in New York.

1924 Adolf Hitler was freed from jail early.

OTD in 1924: Adolf Hitler was freed from jail early.

After an unsuccessful attempt to seize Munich, Adolf Hitler was arrested and charged with high treason. He was sentenced to five years; however, he only served nine months after being released early for good behavior.

1915 The last Australian troops were evacuated from Gallipoli during World War I.

1860 South Carolina seceded from the United States of America.

Voters in South Carolina were almost all on the wrong side of history when they rejected the election of Abraham Lincoln and left the US in a fuss. They became one of the founding members of the Confederate States of America before ultimately being readmitted to the US less than eight years later.

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Famous Quotes Said On December 20

Here we have the most notable quotes that have been said on this day throughout history.


“No writing has any real value which is not the expression of genuine thought and feeling.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


“Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved.”

– Margaret Fuller

Famous People Born On December 20

If today’s your birthday, you share this special day with Jonah Hill! Here are other famous people born on this day.

1990 JoJo

American Singer

32 years old
Born In:
Vermont, USA

1984 Bob Morley

Australian Actor

Bob Morley
38 years old
Born In:
Victoria, Australia

1983 Jonah Hill

American Actor

Jonah Hill
39 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1966 Paul Ritter

English Actor

Paul Ritter
Died On:
Apr 5, 2021 (Age 54)
Born In:
England, UK

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1977 - 2009 Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy was an American actress born on November 10, 1977. She died on this day in 2009, at age 32 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1902 - 1968 John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck was an American author born on February 27, 1902. He died on this day in 1968, at age 66 in New York City, New York, USA.

Special Holidays On December 20

If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.

December 20: Games Day

Games Day

Can you remember the last time you sat with friends and played a game? So get out your Uno cards, chessboard, PlayStation, or Scrabble board, whichever is your favorite, and make some great memories with your friends today.

December 20: National Sangria Day

National Sangria Day

While any day can be a day to drink sangria, not every day is Sangria Day! So if you want to celebrate Sangria Day but don’t know how to make it, don’t fret. Cut up some fresh fruit and mix it with your favorite wine, and hey presto - you have sangria!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Mexico’s presidential palace is 14 times larger than the White House and started allowing visitors for the first time in 2018.

December 20 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on December 20th all share the Sagittarius zodiac sign.

Sagittarians should focus their attention on making longer-term plans with friends or loved ones. See how you feel after you accomplish this feat – others will certainly notice it.

The Blue Topaz birthstone is given to people born in December. The icy-blue topaz provides special healing powers to those who wear it by recharging the body, mind, and spirit.

For people born on Dec 20, your estimated date of conception falls on March 29 in the same year.

Babies conceived on this day will be due around September 12, 2024.

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