All About July 20th
Holidays, Trivia and Horoscope
July 20th Holidays
- International Chess Day
The International Chess Day is celebrated annually on July 20, the day the International Chess Federation was founded, in 1924. The idea to celebrate this day as the international chess day was proposed by UNESCO, and it has been celebrated as such since 1966, after it was established by FIDE.
- National Moon Day
Commemorates the day man first walked on the moon in 1969.
- Nap Day
This was invented by William Anthony, Ph.D., and his wife Camille Anthony in 1999. The couple wanted to help educate people about the power of a good nap and how getting just a little extra rest could be important to their health.
- National Fortune Cookie Day
The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is said to be the first known U.S. restaurant to serve fortune cookies. The Tea Garden got their fortune cookies from a local bakery called Benkyodo, which claims to have pioneered the vanilla and butter flavoring of the fortune cookie. They also claim to have invented a fortune cookie making machine around 1911 to mass produce the cookies. Other sources claimed to invent the cookie around the same time, including three Los Angeles-based immigrant-run businesses: Fugetsu-Do confectionary in the city’s Little Tokyo, Japanese snack manufacturer Umeya and the Hong Kong Noodle Company. Either way, fortune cookies were originally brought here by Japanese immigrants and the US eventually turned them into a Chinese restaurant treat. Read the interesting history here.
- National Lollipop Day
July 20th is National Lollipop Day. In 1908 George Smith earns credit for inventing the modern style lollipop. In 1931, Smith trademarked the name which he claims came from his favorite racing horse, Lolly Pops.
- National Ugly Truck Contest Day
It’s hard to find much info on this day, but there are some areas that have ugly truck contests. If you know of any, post them in the comments below! Otherwise just tag us in pictures on social media of your ugly truck!
July 20th Horoscope Sign is Cancer
Time period: June 21 – July 22
Ruling planet: Moon
Birthstones: Moonstone, Emerald, Ruby, Pearl
Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 15, 20
Personality Traits: Loyal, creative, imaginative, manipulative.
Famous Cancers: Selena Gomez, Elon Musk, Princess Diana, Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone, Vin Diesel, Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, George Michael, Nikola Tesla, M1698 – Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine.alala Yousafzai,
July 20th Trivia
- 1903 – The Ford Motor Company ships its first automobile.
- 1944 – Adolf Hitler survives an assassination attempt led by German Army Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg.
- 1968 – The first International Special Olympics Summer Games are held at Soldier Field in Chicago, with about 1,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities.
- 1973 – Bruce Lee, the famous Chinese actor and martial-arts expert, dies in Los Angeles at age 32 from a brain edema possibly caused by a reaction to a prescription painkiller.
- 2005 – The Civil Marriage Act legalizes same-sex marriage in Canada.
- 2012 – James Holmes opened fire at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and injuring 70 others.
- 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.
- 2017 – Chester Bennington was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and lead vocalist for Linkin Park dies from suicide after hanging himself in his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California.
- 2018 – Not yet recovered from the backlash from the Helsinki meeting, Trump announces he’s looking forward to another meeting with Putin.
- 2021 – Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin crew complete successful ten minute space flight with other passengers, his brother Mark, 82-year-old aviation pioneer , the oldest person to fly in space, and , an 18-year-old Dutch student who is the youngest ever to fly in space.
July Monthly Observances
- Bereaved Parents Month
- Bioterrorism/Disaster Education & Awareness Month
- Family Reunion Month
- Family Golf Month
- Freedom From Fear of Speaking Month
- Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month
- Herbal/Prescription Awareness Month
- International Blondie and Deborah Harry Month
- International Group B Strep Awareness Month
- International Women with Alopecia Month
- International Zine Month
- National Anti-Boredom Month
- National Wheelchair Beautification Month
- National Black Family Month
- National Blueberry Month
- National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
- National Child-Centered Divorce Month
- National “Doghouse Repairs” Month
- National Grilling Month
- National Horseradish Month
- National Hot Dog Month
- National Ice Cream Month
- National Make A Difference to Children Month
- National Recreation & Parks Month
- National Share A Sunset With Your Lover Month
- Sandwich Generation Month
- Smart Irrigation Month
- Unlucky Month for weddings
- National Picnic Month
- Social Wellness Month Tour de France Month
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