November 20

November 20 Holidays and Events


Historical Milestones

November 20 is marked by significant events that have shaped history across various spheres including politics, science, and human rights.

Roman and Religious Leadership:

  • 284: Diocletian was proclaimed Roman Emperor, a pivotal moment that influenced the administrative structure of the Roman Empire.
  • 762: Bögü, Khan of the Uyghurs, seized Lo-Yang, the then capital of the Chinese Empire.
  • 1168: Giovanni di Struma became an Anti-Pope, reflecting the era’s religious and political discord.

World Wars and National Conflicts:

  • 1917: During World War I, the British launched a surprise tank attack at Cambrai, significant for the first large-scale use of tanks in warfare.
  • 1945: The start of the Nuremberg Trials marked a crucial moment in the pursuit of justice following World War II, holding Axis Powers’ leaders accountable for war crimes.

Revolution and Change:

  • 1910: Francisco I. Madero set into motion the Mexican Revolution, although his initial insurrection failed, it spurred leaders like Pancho Villa to mobilize.
  • 1977: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel, fostering a dialogue that led to the Camp David Accords.
  • 1989: In what became known as the Velvet Revolution, protests commenced in Czechoslovakia, which eventually led to the downfall of the communist regime.

Scientific Achievements:

  • On November 20, 1998, the first module of the International Space Station, Zarya, was launched by Russian space agency Roscosmos.

Recognition and Remembrance:

  • Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 to honor the memory of those whose lives have been lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

This date also reflects upon other historical instances impacting nations and prominent figures, shaping the trajectory of human experience through time.

Pop Culture

On November 20, significant events in the realm of pop culture have occurred, frequently making a lasting imprint on society. In the landscape of entertainment, November 20 has seen its fair share of notable happenings.

In the world of comics, an invention by Al Gross served as the inspiration for the iconic wrist radio used by Chester Gould’s comic strip detective, Dick Tracy. This concept was first introduced in January 1946 and reflects how real-world technology often finds its way into the narratives and gadgets of fictional worlds.

Celebrating the intersection of creativity and innovation, November 20 might also bring to mind the successes of the film industry. For instance, James Cameron’s “Titanic,” a monumental achievement in film-making, received its first public screening on November 1, 1997. By that November, the buzz around this movie had already started to grow, setting the stage for it to become a historic blockbuster.

The day is also shadowed by grimmer events, such as those involving murder, which have been depicted in various forms of media and pop culture. The portrayal of such real or fictional events in movies, television, and literature is often a reflection of society’s fascination with the darker aspects of human nature.

Director Robert Altman, known for his unique style and contributions to the world of cinema, is another figure associated with the date, as the film industry provides a backdrop to his influence and innovation in movie-making. His works have inspired and influenced the domain of pop culture through film.

However, while these events vary greatly, from technological innovations to somber narratives, they collectively encapsulate the diversity of pop culture milestones associated with November 20.

Celebrations and Famous Birthdays

November 20th is a day marked by various historical events and the celebration of notable individuals’ birthdays. Over the years, this day has seen the birth of influential figures across different fields, including arts, politics, and science.

Historical Birthdays:

  • Literature: Renowned Russian author Leo Tolstoy, who became a moral thinker and social reformer, celebrates his birthday on this day.
  • Literature: American novelist Don DeLillo, widely recognized for his works, is also born on November 20th.

Politics and Royalty:

  • Windsor Castle, a notable landmark, has housed many born on this day, like past Dukes of Burgundy and Dukes of Orléans, although specific birthdays might not precisely align with this date.

Innovation and Business:

  • Celebrated innovator Garrett Morgan, whose inventions significantly impacted safety and transportation, shares this birth date.
  • Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released on November 20, 1985, marking a significant moment for the tech giant Microsoft.

Cultural Impact:

  • Quilombo dos Palmares, a symbol of resistance and freedom in Brazil, had its leader, Zumbi, who represents strength and perseverance, born on this date.


  • Individuals who served as commanders with birthdays on November 20th have played critical roles in the history of countries such as China and South Africa.

This date thus encapsulates a rich tapestry of global influence, innovation, and cultural significance.



The Zodiac sign for November 20 is Scorpio ♏.

Horoscope for November 20

Scorpio ♏
On November 20, Scorpio, you may find yourself feeling particularly intuitive and perceptive...

On November 20, Scorpio, you may find yourself feeling particularly intuitive and perceptive. Trust your instincts and pay attention to your inner voice. It's a good day to focus on introspection and self-discovery. Take time to reflect on your goals and aspirations, and consider making some adjustments to align with your true desires.

When is November 20?

No, it's not November 20 today. There are 124 days until November 20, 2024.

You can learn more about what day it is and what we celebrate today here.