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November 20: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on November 20

November 20th is celebrated as Absurdity Day & Name Your PC Day.

We are now on day 324 out of 365, and only have 41 days left of the year.

If you were born on this day, your zodiac sign is Scorpio.

So, you want to know all about November 20th, do you? Well you’re in the right place as you’re about to learn about some important past events that happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1939, DC Comics released the first issue of the Flash Comics? As well as the adventures of the titular Flash, the magazine featured various other superheroes as well.

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

What Happened On November 20 In History?


Snake fossils found in Rio Negro Province, Argentina showed snakes with hind legs that lived over 70 million years ago.

The species was named Najash rionegrina.
Source CNN

Climate emergency was declared by Oxford Dictionaries as the word of the year for 2019.

OTD in 2019: Climate emergency was declared by Oxford Dictionaries as the word of the year for 2019.
The promotion lead to the word being used 100 times more in just 12 months.

A 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi was declared unconstitutional.

It was determined to be against women's constitutional rights.
Source AP News

The Georgia Dome in Atlanta was blown to smithereens in a controlled demolition.

The area was replaced with the $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz stadium.
Source CNBC

English singer-songwriter, Adele released her third studio album “25.”

It won Album of the Year from both Billboard and The Grammys.

Toshiba rolled out a four-legged robot designed to clean up after nuclear disasters.

Source CBC

Flash Comics #1 was released by DC Comics featuring Flash Gordon.


French inventor Pierre Lallement was awarded his patent for a pedal bicycle.

Lallement moved to Connecticut, USA, in July 1865, where he continued to develop his designs for a rotary crank bicycle. Lallement was funded by James Carroll and filed the first and only American patent application for the pedal-bicycle in April 1866.

Beethoven premiered Fidelio in Vienna, Austria, which was his only opera.


The American state of New Jersey was the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.


Zumbi, the last of the Quilombo dos Palmares kings, was killed.

OTD in 1695: Zumbi
The Afro-Brazilian King Zumbi was known for his great powers and possibly immortality as he was believed to have been a demigod. He fought for the Palmares' independence, and after many battles with the Brazillian Indian fighters, he was killed, then decapitated on this day.

Roman soldier Diocletian was appointed the new Roman Emperor after Roman Emperor Carus’s death.

Diocletian was born into a low-status family; however, he rose through military ranks and became a cavalry commander of Emperor Carus's army. Following the death of Carus and his son Numerianus, the army named Diocletian the new emperor.

Did you know that on this day, November 20th 1939, DC Comics released the first issue of the Flash Comics?