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This Day in History for October 20

1774 – American Continental Congress orders discouragement of entertainment.

1803 – US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase.

1864 – US President Abraham Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

1898 – NC Mutual & Provident Insurance Company forms.

1906 – Dr. Lee DeForest demonstrated his electrical vacuum tube (radio tube)

1917 – US suffragette Alice Paul begins a 7 month jail sentence for protesting women’s rights in Washington.

1929 – Bayshore Highway opens (San Francisco)

1936 – Carl Hubbell, 26-6, edges out Dizzy Dean, 24-13, for MVP honors in National League.

1939 – “All the Things You Are” recorded by Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

1944 – US forces under General Douglas MacArthur return to the Philippines with the landing of the US 6th Army on Leyte.

1955 – Harry Belafonte records “Day-O” (Banana Boat Song)

1957 – Walter Cronkite begins hosting weekly documentary.

1971 – Senator Edward Kennedy calls for a withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland and all-party negotiations to establish a United Ireland.

1973 – President Nixon discharges Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, and accepts the resignations of Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus.

1975 – Supreme Court rules teachers could spank their pupils after warning.

1981 – 3 members of Weather Underground arrested for armored truck robbery.

1987 – 10 die as US Air Force jet crashed into a Ramada Inn near Indianapolis.

1989 – US Senate impeaches US District Judge Alcee L. Hastings.

1997 – US accuses Microsoft of violating pact forcing IE browser on computers.

2015 – US Vice President Joe Biden confirms he will not run for President.

2018 – President Trump threatens to pull the US out of an arms control agreement with Russia because Russia has violated its terms.

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