1837 – Queen Victoria succeeded to the British throne on the 20th June 1837.
1840 – Samuel Morse received the patent for the telegraph on the 20th June 1840..
1877 – Alexander Graham Bell installed the world’s first commercial telephone service on the 20th June 1877, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
1887 – Victoria Terminus, the busiest railway station in India, openeds in Bombay on the 20th June 1887.
1909 – Errol Flynn the Australian actor was born on the 20th June 1909 (d. 1959).
1924 – Chet Atkins the American musician, songwriter, and producer was born on the 20th June 1924 (d. 2001).
1924 – Fritz Koenig the German sculptor that designed The Sphere was born on the 20th June 1924.
1931 – Olympia Dukakis the American actress was born on the 20th June 1931.
1942 – Brian Wilson the American singer-songwriter and musician from The Beach Boys was born on the 20th June 1942.
1945 – Anne Murray the Canadian singer and guitarist was born on the 20th June 1945. Anne Murray singing Snowbird in1970 (YouTube video)…
1948 – Toast of the Town, later The Ed Sullivan Show, mades its television debut on the 20th June 1948.
1949 – Lionel Richie the American singer-songwriter and musician was born on the 20th June 1949.
1952 – John Goodman the American actor was born on the 20th June 1952.
1963 – The so-called “red telephone” was established between the Soviet Union and the United States on the 20th June 1963, following the Cuban Missile Crisis.
1967 – Nicole Kidman the Australian-American actress was born on the 20th June 1967.
1971 ~ Josh Lucas the American actor was born Joshua Lucas Easy Dent Maurer in Little Rock, Arkansas on on the 20th June 1971. Josh Lucas is known for his roles in Glory Road, Sweet Home Alabama, A Beautiful Mind, Stealth, Poseidon, J. Edgar and Red Dog. Josh Lucas verified Twitter account: www.twitter.com/JoshLucas
1972 – Watergate scandal: An 18½-minute gap appeared in the tape recording of the conversations between U.S. President Richard Nixon and his advisers regarding the arrests of his operatives on the 20th June 1972, while breaking into the Watergate complex.
1990 – Asteroid Eureka was discovered on the 20th June 1990.
1991 – The German Bundestag voted to move the capital from Bonn back to Berlin on the 20th June 1991.
2001 ~ WORLD REFUGEE DAY was first celebrated on the 20th June 2001, On 4 December 2000. The United Nations General Assembly noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. ~ www.UnitedAgainstRacism.org
2003 – The WikiMedia Foundation was founded in St. Petersburg, Florida on the 20th June 2003.
2013 ~ Jeffrey Smart (AO) the Australian painter known for his Precisionist depictions of urban landscapes died on the 20th June 2013 aged 91 (born 26 July 1921). The Age news: Jeffrey Smart dead at 91
2013 ~ ESTiMATE the Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse owned by Queen Elizabeth II won the Ascot Gold Cup in England. The Queen became the first reigning British monarch in history with a winning horse in Royal Ascot’s biggest race. She was the first monarch in 207 years to have a horse win at Royal Ascot.
The Queen is celebrating after her horse made an historic win at Royal Ascot (YouTube video)…
Today in History for June 20th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…