This Day in History on 20 July

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 20 July. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

International Chess Day

Important Events

2012 – James Holmes opened fire at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and injuring 70 others.
2013 – Seventeen government soldiers are killed in an attack by FARC revolutionaries in the Colombian department of Arauca.
2015 – A huge explosion in the mostly Kurdish border town of Suruç, Turkey, targeting the Socialist Youth Associations Federation, kills at least 31 people and injures over 100.
2015 – The United States and Cuba resume full diplomatic relations after five decades.
2017 – O. J. Simpson is granted parole to be released from prison after serving nine years of a 33-year sentence after being convicted of armed robbery in Las Vegas.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1911 – Baqa Jilani, Indian cricketer (d. 1941)

1929 – Rajendra Kumar, Pakistani-Indian actor and producer (d. 1999)


1960 – Sudesh Berry, Indian actor

1976 – Debashish Mohanty, Indian cricketer and coach

Death/ Death Anniversary

1965 – Batukeshwar Dutt, Indian activist (b. 1910)

1972 – Geeta Dutt, Indian singer and actress (b. 1930)

2013 – Khurshed Alam Khan, Indian politician, 2nd Governor of Goa (b. 1919)

Futher Reading

Month-wise This Day in History