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This Day in History for October 20

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1817 – 1st Mississippi “Showboat” leaves Nashville on maiden voyage.

1898 – NC Mutual & Provident Insurance Company forms.

1910 – 1st appearance of cork centered baseball in United States.

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

1930 – Adventures of Sherlock Holmes premieres on NBC radio.

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

1942 – “Durham Manifesto” issued by the Southern Conference on Race Relations held in Durham, NC, calls for fundamental changes in race relations.

1947 – Radio rights for the World Series sell for $475,000 for 3 years.

1955 – “No Time for Sergeants” opens on Broadway, starring Andy Griffith

1957 – Walter Cronkite begins hosting weekly documentary.

1963 – Jim Brown sets NFL single-season rushing record, 1,863 yards.

1970 – American agronomist Norman Borlaug awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to world food supply.

1973 – US President Nixon accepts the resignations of Attorney General  Elliot L. Richardson, and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus as they refuse orders to discharge Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox in what has become known a “The Saturday Night Massacre”.

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

1996 – Braves Andruw Jones is youngest player to homer in World Series.

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 in 2016.

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

 2019 – 1st test flight New York to Sydney by a commercial airline a Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner, takes 19 hours, 42 minutes, landing in Sydney.

2020 – US Justice Department sues Google for illegal monopoly over search and search advertising.