This Day in History- July 20

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It is so fascinating when we stop and wonder, what was today like years ago? How the societies and systems functioned, or what machines were built and operated. History explains how far we have come and how things have changed across the globe. History helps us take in a detailed scene of where we stand today. So, let us try to unravel this Day in History- July 20.

What Happened in India on July 20?

1905: First Partition of Bengal is approved
On July 20th, 1905, the first partition of Bengal along religious lines was approved in London by the Secretary of State of India. The decision to partition the state of Bengal was announced by Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy of India in July 1905. 

2017: Ram Nath Kovind as president
Sri Ram Nath Kovind won the election and became the 14th President of India on this day. He is also the first person from Uttar Pradesh to serve as President of India.

Credits: ABP News

What Happened Around the World on July 20?

1837: Euston railway station opened
Euston railway station opened in London as the terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway and became the city’s 1st intercity railway station on  July 20, 1837. 

1921: Alice Mary 
Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson became the first woman to preside over the floor of the US House of Representatives on July 20, 1921. She was an American educator, social worker, Native Americans’ rights activist, government official, and politician 

1948: First president of South Korea
Syngman Rhee was elected as the 1st President of South Korea on July 20, 1948. Rhee was also the first and last president of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea from 1919 to his impeachment in 1925 and from 1947 to 1948. 

Credits: SokhaChea

1963: US Open Women’s Golf
Mary Mills won her first of 3 major titles by 3 strokes ahead of runners-up Louise Suggs and Sandra Haynie.

1969: Apollo 11 landed
The Apollo 11 lunar module carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969. Aldrin and Armstrong walked on the moon seven hours later, while Michael Collins remained in orbit in the lunar module.

1994: First president of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko became the first president of Belarus. Prior to his political career, Lukashenko worked as director of a state farm and served in the Soviet Border Troops and in the Soviet Army.

Credits: Al Jazeera English

2005: Same-sex marriage in Canada
Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage after bill C-38 received its Royal Assent.

2020: Record of Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to score 50 goals in Serie A, La Liga, and the Premier League with a double in Juventus’ 2-1 win over Lazio.

Credits: ESPN UK

Famous Birthdays on July 20

356 BC: Alexander the Great
A Macedonian king and military leader was born in Pella, Macedonia on July 20.

1822: Gregor Mendel
An Austrian monk and geneticist who discovered laws of heredity was born in Heinzendorf, Austria on July 20, 1822. 

1919: Edmund Hillary
An Explorer and Mountaineer, and 1st to scale Mt Everest with Tenzing Norgay was born in Auckland, New Zealand.

1929: Mike Ilitch
An American businessman who founded Little Caesars Pizza, and the owner of Detroit Red Wings, Tigers was born in Detroit, Michigan.

1931: Marina Popovich
A Soviet Air Force colonel, engineer, and test pilot was born in Leonenki, Smolensk Oblast, USSR, on July 20, 1931.

1971: Sandra Oh
A Korean Canadian actress, famous for her role in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ was born in Nepean, Ontario on July 20, 1971. 

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This was all about the interesting and intriguing events that occurred on July 20! We hope you have had fun reading this blog! For more entertaining and informative content, follow Leverage Edu. on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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