History for November 20 - On-This-Day.com
Edwin Hubble 1889 - American astronomer, Alistair Cooke 1908 - British journalist, television personality, Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) 1925 - Politician
Richard Remick "Dick" Smothers 1939 - Actor, comedian, composer, musician (The Smothers Brothers), Joe Biden 1942 - U.S. Vice President, Bo Derek 1956 - Actress ("10")
1818 - Simon Bolivar formally declared Venezuela independent of Spain.
1873 - Budapest was formed when the rival cities of Buda and Pest were united to form the capital of Hungary.
1943 - During World War II, U.S. Marines began their landing on Tarawa and Makin atolls in the Gilbert Islands.
1945 - 24 Nazi leaders went before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.
1962 - The Cuban Missile Crisis ended. The Soviet Union removed its missiles and bombers from Cuba and the U.S. ended its blockade of the island.
1969 - The Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phase out of the substance.
1983 - An estimated 100 million people watched the controversial ABC-TV movie "The Day After." The movie depicted the outbreak of nuclear war.
1998 - Afghanistan's Taliban militia offered Osama bin Laden safe haven. Osama bin Laden had been accused of orchestrating two U.S. embassy bombings in Africa and later terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.