June 20: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, June 20, 1966, Sheila Scott became the first woman to fly solo around the world?

June 20th is World Productivity Day and Ice Cream Soda Day.

Today is the 171st day of the year, and there are 194 days left of the year.

So, today is an important day for you? Then allow us to intrigue you with these interesting facts and historical events that all happened on June 20.

Did you know that on this day in 1966, Sheila Scott became the first woman to fly solo around the world? The journey took 189 flying hours over 34 days.

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

What Events Happened On June 20 In History?

2018 Donald Trump ended family separation on the southern border.

OTD in 2018: Donald Trump ended family separation on the southern border.

The president signed the executive order after receiving backlash after his "zero tolerance" attitude.

2003 The Wikimedia Foundation Inc. was founded in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Wikimedia, a nonprofit organization, is best known for hosting Wikipedia. It was created to gather funding for various crowdsourced wiki projects such as Wikipedia and Wiktionary.

1990 The asteroid Eureka was discovered by David H. Levy.

Also known as "5261 Eureka," the asteroid closely trails Mars at just 0.3 astronomical units away.

1988 Haitian coup d’état started, and President Henri Namphy overthrew President Leslie Manigat.

1981 Pope John Paul II was sent to hospital for 55 days after contracting an infection.

1975 The movie “Jaws” by Steven Spielberg hit theaters.

1966 Sheila Scott became the first woman to fly solo around the world.

OTD in 1966: Sheila Scott became the first woman to fly solo around the world.

In the process, she broke over 100 aviation records. She flew from Heathrow on 18 May 1966 and returned on this day and covered 34,000 miles.

1948 NBC started “Toast Of The Town” on the Ed Sullivan Show.

1863 West Virginia was admitted as the 35th US state during the height of the US Civil War.

The state of Virginia had already seceded from the USA, but not everyone in Virginia was happy about this, particularly those in the western regions. Numerous meetings were held in 1861, and by the end of the year, it was decided that West Virginia would become a state. It took West Virginia just over another year to develop a constitution that the US would approve.

1840 Samuel Morse was granted the patents for his telegraph.

1837 At the age of 18, Queen Victoria ascended the throne after her uncle, King William IV, passed away.

Queen Victoria was the Queen of the United Kingdom. Her reign lasted until her death in 1901.

1782 After years of discussions, the US adopted the Great Seal national symbol, which features the iconic bald eagle.

OTD in 1782: After years of discussions

1214 The University of Oxford, England, received its first charter from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

It wasn't until 1248 that the university received a royal charter. A charter is when a university or town is officially founded and given its rights.

Famous Quotes Said On June 20

Of all of the quotes said on this day, these are the most well-known ones spoken on June 20th throughout history.


“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

– Albert Einstein


“Work of the eyes is done, begin heartwork now on those images in you.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke

Famous People Born On June 20

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Nicole Kidman? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1967 Nicole Kidman

American-Australian Actress

Nicole Kidman
55 years old
Born In:
Hawaii, USA

1949 Lionel Richie

American Singer

Lionel Richie
73 years old
Born In:
Alabama , USA

1952 John Goodman

American Actor

John Goodman
70 years old
Born In:
Missouri, USA

1989 Christopher Mintz-Plasse

American Actor

Christopher Mintz-Plasse
33 years old
Born In:
California, USA

Special Holidays On June 20

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

June 20: World Productivity Day

World Productivity Day

The world around us is filled with a million different reasons to procrastinate and before you know it you have a to-do list as long as your arm! Today is World Productivity Day, so use this day to try and get as many of your tasks done as possible.

June 20: National Ice Cream Soda Day

National Ice Cream Soda Day

You might also know this summertime treat as an ice cream float, or a spider if you live down under. The fact that it has multiple names worldwide is a testament to how amazing it really is. So what are you waiting for? Mix up your favorite ice cream and soda and enjoy it already!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

The world’s largest grand piano was built by a 15-year-old in New Zealand. It is a little over 18 feet long and has 85 keys – 3 short of the standard 88.

June 20 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

For those of you who were born on June 20th, your star sign is Gemini.

Gemini is represented by twins and is the third sign in the zodiac. Anyone who was born between May 21 and June 20 falls into this astrological sign.

Alexandrite is the birthstone given to those who were born during June. The alexandrite gemstone changes color depending on the light. Impurities within the mineral’s structure mainly cause the color change of this gemstone.

If you were born on June 20th, your estimated date of conception would be September 27th in the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on June 20th, 2023, will be born around March 13th, 2024.

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