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July 20: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on July 20

July 20th is a special day for things outta this world, as today we celebrate Moon Day and Space Exploration Day.

Welcome to day 201 of 365! We’re still 164 days away from celebrating the new year, but we’ve gotta look forward to something right?

People who were born on July 20th all share the Cancer star sign.

July 20 was an incredibly special day for humankind when it comes to space exploration. Find out why and more with these awesome historical events that all happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to ever walk the moon? He then said the iconic “That’s one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind.”

Keep reading for more facts about July 20th in history!

What Happened On July 20 In History?


Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington committed suicide aged 41.

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Japanese animated fantasy movie “Spirited Away” was released.

The movie had a budget of around $15 million USD and made $347.7 million at the Box Office.

America’s robot spacecraft, the Viking I, successfully landed on Mars.


Apollo 11 landed on the Moon with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Neil Armstrong became the first man to ever walk the moon on this day. Buzz Aldrin joined him shortly after and they spent about 2 hours and 45 minutes walking the lunar surface.
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Jane Asher broke up her engagement to Paul McCartney live on television.

The announcement was made on the BBC show "Dee Time" and Asher said "I haven't broken it off, but it is broken off, finished. I know it sounds corny, but we still see each other and love each other, but it hasn't worked out. Perhaps we'll be childhood sweethearts and meet again and get married when we're about 70."

Single “In-a-gadda-da-vida” by Iron Butterfly became the first heavy metal song to hit the charts.

Although it made the charts, it only reached 117th position.

South Korea elected Syngman Rhee as their first president.

OTD in 1948: South Korea elected Syngman Rhee as their first president.

Adolf Hitler survived an assasination attempt.

A group of german officials detonated a bomb near Hitler's Rastenburg headquarters. Hitler was only injured.

Alice Mary Robertson became the first woman to govern the US House of representatives.


London Euston railway station officially opened.

OTD in 1837: London Euston railway station officially opened.

The Battle of Ankara commenced when Turco-Mongol conqueror Timur invaded Anatolia.

Timur defeated Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I, where he died in captivity. As a result, the twelve-year-long Ottoman civil war began after Bayezid I death.

Famous Quotes Said On July 20th

Who said what today throughout history? Here are the most famous things people have said on this day.


“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

– Neil Armstrong