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On This Day in History - 20th September

Birthdays

1851Henry Jones, British dramatist
1878Upton Sinclair, American novelist
1885Jelly Roll Morton, American pianist and composer
1927John Dankworth, English bandleader/jazzman
1934Sophia Loren, Italian born film actress
1955Jose Rivero, Golfer

Events

1519Ferdinand Magellan left Spain on his around the world voyage
1854The first ever 'Victoria Crosses' were awarded during the Crimean War
1946The first ever Cannes film festival was held
1961An Argentinian became the first person to swim non-stop across the Channel and back
1967The liner Queen Elizabeth II was launched from Clydebank
1973An IRA bomb exploded at the Chelsea barracks
1984The US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, was attacked by a suicide car bomber