|June 20 in recent years
June 20 is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 194 days remaining until the end of the year.
It is very often the last day of the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere and the last day of the autumn season in the Southern Hemisphere.
- 451 - Battle of Chalons: Flavius Aetius' victory over Attila the Hun.
- 1214 - University of Oxford receives its charter.
- 1631 - The sack of Baltimore: the Irish village of Baltimore is attacked by Algerian pirates.
- 1685 - Monmouth Rebellion: James Scott declares himself King of England at Bridgwater.
- 1756 - British garrison imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta.
- 1782 - The U.S. Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States.
- 1789 - Deputies of the French Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath.
- 1791 - King Louis XVI of France and his immediate family begin the Flight to Varennes.
- 1819 - The U.S. vessel SS Savannah arrives at Liverpool, United Kingdom. She is the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic, but most of the journey was made under sail.
- 1837 - Queen Victoria succeeds to the British throne.
- 1862 - Barbu Catargiu, the Prime Minister of Romania, is assassinated.
- 1863 - West Virginia is admitted as the 35th U.S. state.
- 1877 - Alexander Graham Bell installs world's first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
- 1887 - Queen Victoria's golden jubilee.
- 1893 - Lizzie Borden is acquitted of murdering her stepmother and father.
- 1919 - 150 die at the Teatro Yaguez fire, Mayagüez.
- 1948 - Toast of the Town, later The Ed Sullivan Show, debuts.
- 1956 - A Venezuelan Super-Constellation crashed in Atlantic Ocean off Asbury Park, New Jersey killing 74 people.
- 1959 - A train-bus collision near Lauffen, Germany kills 43 people
- 1960 - Independence of Mali and Senegal.
- 1963 - The so-called "red telephone" is established between Soviet Union and United States following the Cuban Missile Crisis.
- 1966 - Canada sells 336 million bushels (9.14 teragrams) of wheat to Soviet Union.
- 1973 - Ezeiza massacre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Snipers fired upon left-wing peronists. At least 13 are killed and more than 300 injured.
- 1977 - Oil begins to flow through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS).
- 1978 - An earthquake registering 6.5 on the Richter scale hits Thessaloniki, Greece.
- 1980 - Roberto Duran starts his classic boxing trilogy with Sugar Ray Leonard by defeating him in Canada by a decision in 15 rounds, to gain the WBC world Welterweight championship.
- 1980 - Augusta AVA became the first federally recognized American Viticultural Area.
- 1983 - LZW patent filed in USA.
- 1990 - Asteroid Eureka discovered.
- 1991 - German parliament decides to move the capital from Bonn back to Berlin.
- 2003 - LZW patent expires in USA.
- 2003 - Formation of Wikimedia Foundation announced.
- 1005 - Ali az-Zahir, caliph (d. 1036)
- 1389 - John, regent of England (d. 1435)
- 1566 (O.S.) - King Sigismund III Vasa (d. 1632)
- 1583 - Jacob De la Gardie, Swedish soldier and statesman (d. 1652)
- 1634 - Charles Emmanuel II of Savoy (d. 1675)
- 1642 (O.S.) - George Hickes, English minister and scholar (d. 1715)
- 1647 - John George III (d. 1691)
- 1717 - Jacques Saly, French sculptor (d. 1776)
- 1723 (O.S.) - Adam Ferguson, Scottish philosopher and historian (d. 1816)
- 1723 (O.S.) - Theophilus Lindsey, English theologian (d. 1808)
- 1737 - Tokugawa Ieharu, Japanese military (d. 1786)
- 1756 - Joseph Martin Kraus, Swedish composer (d. 1792)
- 1763 - Wolfe Tone, Irish patriot (d. 1798)
- 1770 - Moses Waddel, American educator/minister and bestselling author (d. 1840)
- 1771 - Thomas Douglas, Scottish philanthropist (d. 1820)
- 1786 - Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, French poet (d. 1859)
- 1808 - Samson Raphael Hirsch, German rabbi (d. 1888)
- 1819 - Jacques Offenbach, German-born French composer (d. 1880)
- 1858 - Charles W. Chesnutt, American writer (d. 1932)
- 1860 - Jack Worrall, Australian cricketer, footballer, and coach (d. 1937)
- 1861 - Frederick Hopkins, English biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (d. 1947)
- 1872 - George Carpenter, the 5th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1948)
- 1885 - Andrzej Gawroński, Polish scholar (d. 1927)
- 1887 - Kurt Schwitters, German painter and writer (d. 1948)
- 1889 - John S. Paraskevopoulos, Greek-South African astronomer (d. 1951)
- 1891 - John A. Costello, second Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland (d. 1976)
- 1894 - Lloyd Hall, American chemist (d. 1971)
- 1896 - Wilfrid Pelletier, French Canadian conductor (d. 1982)
- 1897 - Elisabeth Hauptmann, German writer (d. 1973)
- 1899 - Jean Moulin, French Resistance leader (d. 1943)
- 1905 - Lillian Hellman, American playwright (d. 1984)
- 1907 - Jimmy Driftwood, American songwriter and musician (d. 1998)
- 1909 - Errol Flynn, Australian actor (d. 1959)
- 1911 - Gail Patrick, American actress (d. 1980)
- 1912 - Anthony Buckeridge, English author (d. 2004)
- 1915 - Terence Young, British film director (d. 1994)
- 1916 - Jean-Jacques Bertrand, premier of Quebec (d. 1973)
- 1917 - Igor Śmiałowski, Polish actor (d. 2006)
- 1918 - George Lynch, American auto racer (d. 1997)
- 1918 - Zoltán Sztáray, Hungarian writer
- 1920 - Hans Gerschwiler, Swiss figure skater
- 1924 - Chet Atkins, American guitar player (d. 2001)
- 1924 - Audie Murphy, American Medal of Honor recipient and actor (d. 1971)
- 1924 - Fritz Koenig, German sculptor
- 1928 - Eric Dolphy, American jazz musician (d. 1964)
- 1928 - Jean-Marie Le Pen, French politician
- 1930 - Paul Pender, American boxer
- 1930 - Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish artist
- 1931 - Olympia Dukakis, Greek-American actress
- 1931 - Martin Landau, American actor
- 1932 - Robert Rozhdestvensky, Russian poet (d. 1994)
- 1933 - Danny Aiello, American actor
- 1934 - Rossana Podestà, Italian actress
- 1935 - Len Dawson, former football player
- 1935 - Neal Knox, gun rights activist (d. 2005)
- 1936 - Billy Guy, American singer (The Coasters) (d. 2002)
- 1937 - Jerry Keller, pop singer and songwriter
- 1938 - Mickie Most, British record producer (d. 2003)
- 1939 - Ramakant Desai, Indian cricketer (d. 1998)
- 1940 - Eugen Drewermann, German theologian
- 1940 - John Mahoney, English actor
- 1941 - Ulf Merbold, German physicist and astronaut
- 1941 - Stephen Frears, English film director
- 1942 - Brian Wilson, American musician; founder of The Beach Boys
- 1944 - Cheryl Holdridge, American actress
- 1945 - Anne Murray, Canadian singer
- 1946 - Bob Vila, television presenter
- 1946 - Xanana Gusmão, President of East Timor
- 1946 - Andre Watts, American pianist
- 1947 - Dolores Brooks, American singer (the Crystals)
- 1947 - Candy Clark, American actress
- 1947 - Josef Clemens, German bishop and Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity
- 1947 - Ivo Milazzo, Italian comic book artist
- 1948 - Ludwig Scotty, President of Nauru
- 1949 - Lionel Richie, American musician (The Commodores)
- 1949 - Alan Longmuir, Scottish bass guitarist (Bay City Rollers)
- 1951 - Tress MacNeille, American voice actress
- 1951 - Paul Muldoon, Northern Irish poet
- 1952 - John Goodman, American actor
- 1952 - Larry Riley, American actor (d. 1992)
- 1952 - Vikram Seth, Indian poet
- 1953 - Ulrich Mühe, German actor (d. 2007)
- 1954 - Michael Anthony, American musician (Van Halen)
- 1954 - Ilan Ramon, Israeli combat pilot and astronaut (d. 2003)
- 1956 - Ace Andres, American musician
- 1956 - Peter Reid, English former footballer
- 1958 - Chuck Wagner, American actor
- 1960 - John Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran)
- 1963 - Amir Derakh, American musician (Orgy)
- 1963 - Don West, American professional wrestling announcer
- 1964 - Pierfrancesco Chili, Italian motorcycle racer
- 1964 - Silke Möller, German track and field athlete
- 1967 - Nicole Kidman, American-born Australian actress
- 1968 - Robert Rodriguez, American film director
- 1969 - MaliVai Washington, American former tennis player
- 1970 - Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco
- 1970 - Andrea Nahles, German politician
- 1971 - Josh Lucas, American actor
- 1972 - Paul Bako, American baseball player
- 1973 - Chino Moreno, American musician (Deftones)
- 1974 - Attila Czene, Hungarian swimmer
- 1975 - Daniel Zítka, Czech footballer
- 1976 - Jerome Fontamillas,Filipino American musician (Switchfoot)
- 1976 - Carlos Lee, Panamanian baseball player
- 1976 - Rob Mackowiak, American baseball player
- 1976 - Juliano Belletti, Brazilian footballer
- 1977 - Gordan Giriček, Croatian basketball player
- 1978 - Frank Lampard, English footballer
- 1978 - LaVar Arrington, American football player
- 1978 - Jan-Paul Saeijs, Dutch footballer
- 1979 - Charlotte Hatherley, Former Ash guitarist
- 1979 - Charles Howell III, Professional Golfer
- 1979 - Cael Sanderson, Olympic Wrestler
- 1979 - Lani Billard, Canadian actress
- 1980 - Damián A. Fernández Beanato, Argentine journalist
- 1980 - Carlo Festuccia, Italian rugby union footballer
- 1980 - Fabian Wegmann, German road racing cyclist
- 1980 - Tony Lovato, American singer and guitarrist (Mest)
- 1980 - Franco Semioli, Italian footballer
- 1983 - Darren Sproles, American football player
- 1983 - Cherrie Ying, Hong Kong actress
- 1987 - Kamil Król, Polish footballer
- 1987 - Darko Miličić, Serbian basketball player
- 1997 - Maria Lark, Russian-born American actress
- 451 - Theodorid, King of the Visigoths
- 840 - Louis the Pious, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (b. 778)
- 885 - Bernard Plantapilosa, Count of Auvergne (b. 841)
- 1597 - Willem Barentsz, Dutch navigator
- 1668 - Heinrich Roth, German Sanskrit scholar (b. 1620)
- 1776 - Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer (b. 1704)
- 1787 - Karl Friedrich Abel, German composer (b. 1723)
- 1800 - Abraham Gotthelf Kästner, German mathematician (b. 1719)
- 1820 - Manuel Belgrano, Argentine lawyer and politician (b. 1770)
- 1837 - William IV of the United Kingdom (b. 1765)
- 1869 - Toshizou Hijikata, Shinsengumi vice-commander (b. 1835)
- 1870 - Jules de Goncourt, French writer (b. 1830)
- 1906 - John Clayton Adams, British landscape artist (b. 1840)
- 1925 - Josef Breuer, Austrian psychologist (b. 1842)
- 1945 - Bruno Frank, German author (b. 1878)
- 1947 - Bugsy Siegel, American crime figure (b. 1906)
- 1952 - Luigi Fagioli, Italian race car driver (b. 1898)
- 1958 - Kurt Alder, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1902)
- 1963 - Raphaël Salem, Greek mathematician (b. 1898)
- 1972 - Howard Johnson, American businessman, originator of restaurant chain (b. 1897)
- 1976 - Lou Klein, American baseball player (b. 1918)
- 1978 - Mark Robson, Canadian film director and producer (b. 1913)
- 1992 - Sir Charles Groves, English conductor (b. 1915)
- 1995 - Emil Cioran, Romanian-born French philosopher (b. 1911)
- 1996 - Jim Ellison, Singer/Guitarist for the band Material Issue (b. 1964)
- 1997 - Lawrence Payton, American singer (The Four Tops) (b. 1938)
- 1998 - Conrad Schumann, East German border guard (b. 1942)
- 1999 - Clifton Fadiman, American author (b. 1902)
- 2002 - Erwin Chargaff, Austrian biochemist (b. 1905)
- 2002 - Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (b. 1916)
- 2003 - Bob Stump, American politician (b. 1927)
- 2005 - Jack Kilby, American electrical engineer, Nobel laureate (b. 1923)
- 2005 - Larry Collins, American writer (b. 1929)
- 2006 - Billy Johnson, American baseball player (b. 1918)
- 2007 - Trevor Henry, New Zealand Justice (b. 1902)
Holidays and observances
- ^ *Attwater, Donald and Catherine Rachel John. The Penguin Dictionary of Saints. 3rd edition. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. ISBN 0-140-51312-4.
118 Familypedia people were born on June 20
123 Familypedia people died on June 20
84 Familypedia people were first married on June 20