Today is Tuesday, Oct. 20, the 294th day of 2020 with 72 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Libra. They include English astronomer/architect Christopher Wren in 1632; French poet Arthur Rimbaud in 1854; James Robert Mann, Illinois congressman and author of the "White Slave Traffic Act," also known as the "Mann Act," in 1856; educator John Dewey in 1859; actor Bela Lugosi in 1882; jazz composer Jelly Roll Morton in 1890; longtime Yankee Stadium announcer Bob Sheppard in 1910; country singer Grandpa (Louis Marshall) Jones in 1913; humorist Art Buchwald in 1925; baseball Hall of Fame member Mickey Mantle in 1931; actor William Christopher in 1932; actor Jerry Orbach in 1935; singer/songwriter Wanda Jackson in 1937 (age 83); baseball Hall of Fame member Juan Marichal in 1937 (age 83); poet Robert Pinsky in 1940 (age 80); writer Lewis Grizzard in 1946; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tom Petty in 1950; film director Danny Boyle in 1956 (age 64); actor Viggo Mortensen in 1958 (age 62); Canadian astronaut Julie Payette in 1963 (age 57); Sen. Kamala Harris in 1964 (age 56); political commentator Michelle Malkin in 1970 (age 50); singer Dannii Minogue in 1971 (age 49); rapper Snoop Dogg in 1971 (age 49); actor John Krasinski in 1979 (age 41); actor Alona Tal in 1983 (age 37); actor Jennifer Freeman in 1985 (age 35); rapper A$AP Ferg, born Darold Durard Brown Ferguson Jr., in 1988 (age 32).
On this date in history:
In 1818, the United States and Britain agreed to establish the 49th parallel as the official boundary between the U.S. and Canada.
In 1918, Germany accepted U.S. President Woodrow Wilson's terms to end World War I.
In 1944 American troops landed on the eastern coast of Leyte Island in the Philippines. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, forced off the island two years earlier said as he strode ashore, "I have returned."
In 1947, the U.S. House of Representatives Un-American Activities Committee opened public hearings into alleged communist influence in Hollywood.
In 1968, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis on the Greek island of Skorpios.
In 1973, during the Watergate scandal, U.S. President Richard Nixon dismissed two officials for refusing to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox. The incident became known as the "Saturday Night Massacre."
In 1977, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines, were killed in the Mississippi crash of a plane chartered by the rock band. Twenty people survived the crash.
In 1982, up to 340 soccer fans were crushed to death in a stampede on icy steps in a Moscow stadium passageway during a match between Soviet and Dutch players.
In 1994, Hollywood star Burt Lancaster died at the age of 80.
In 2004, retired Gen. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was sworn in as Indonesia's sixth president after winning the country's first direct elections for head of state.
In 2011, deposed Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was killed as he tried to escape from his hometown hideout in the coastal city of Sirte while troops, including NATO forces, closed in. Gadhafi, 69, ousted from power in a massive revolt two months earlier, had ruled Libya for 42 years.
In 2017, Pixar's Coco premiered at the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico. It was the first movie with a nine-figure budget to feature an all-Latino principal cast.
In 2019, Qantas' historic 10,200-mile non-stop flight from New York to Sydney landed after 19 hours and 16 minutes.
A thought for the day: American columnist Joyce Brothers said, "The best proof of love is trust."