On this day
Diocletian became Emperor of the Roman Empire.
In 284, the Roman soldier Diocletian was proclaimed Emperor. He was proclaimed so by the army. He would reign alone until around 286 AD before taking on a co-reign until 305 AD in the East. Diocletian is said to have helped reform and stabilize the Empire significantly.
King Zumbi was executed.
In 1695, Zumbi, the last King of the Quilombo dos Palmares in early Brazil and former slave, was executed. His head was then displayed on a pike to ruin any legends of his immortality. A grim conclusion – but one we remember, nonetheless.
The Second Treaty of Paris was accepted.
In 1815, the Second Treaty of Paris was accepted. The treaty stated that France and its allies agreed that France would pay financial indemnities after the Battle of Waterloo. In doing so, the Napoleonic Wars came to an end. Napoleon himself would face exile and eventually die beyond France.
The WHO announced a global effort.
In 1986, the WHO (World Health Organisation) officially announced the first-ever global effort to combat AIDS. While there is still no full cure for AIDS, people can now live safely with the condition – and there’s continued steps forward in developing a vaccine.
Special Days Falling on November 20thNovember 20th is a day for remembering the past and looking to the future. Here are some of the biggest events taking place around the world today.
Africa Industrialization Day
For the people of Africa, every November 20th is Industrialization Day. The day is dedicated to the governments and organizations across various African countries dedicated to the continent’s industrial evolution, which is still ongoing. It also helps to bring international attention to Africa’s concerns when it comes to its place in the world – it’s much more developed than many people imagine, but there are ongoing challenges from country to country.
Black Consciousness Day
For the people of Brazil, November 20th is Black Consciousness Day. The day is dedicated to the memory of Zumbi, a leader in the resistance to slavery. The day also reminds us to remember the injustices African descendants and black communities have faced in the country and across the world for centuries.
National Sovereignty Day
And, for the people of Argentina, November 20th is National Sovereignty Day. As the name suggests, this day commemorates the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado, the fight that led to the nation’s jurisdiction within its own territory, i.e., its sovereignty. Today, the people of Argentina remember those who fought for that sovereignty and continue to fight for its freedom.