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 the IAS Exam.

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

Important Days


International Chess Day

It is observed on 20 July to honour the foundation of the Federation Internationale des Eches (FIDES).

Important Events

1905: The first partition of Bengal along religious lines was approved in London by the Secretary of State of India On July 20th 1905.

1969: American astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon.

2012: James Holmes opened fire at a movie theatre 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). Mohammad Baqa Khan Jilani was a bowler who represented India in Test cricket.

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

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

1973: Bruce Lee dies at age 32. On 20 July 1973, the actor and martial-arts expert Bruce Lee dies in Los Angeles at age 32 from a brain edema possibly caused by a reaction to a prescription painkiller.

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

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

Further Reading

Month-wise This Day in History