On this day
The Naval Battle of Navarino took place.
In 1827, just off the Peloponnese coast, the Naval Battle of Navarino took place. A combined fleet of French, English, and Russian fighters defeated a Turkish and Egyptian force. In so doing, they paved the way for Greek independence – something that was a long time coming!
Polish people were finally allowed by the Tsar to speak their own language.
In 1905, Russian Tsar Nicholas II officially allowed the Polish to speak, well, Polish! He did so to help diffuse the revolution in the Kingdom of Poland. Can you imagine your native language being illegal?
Alice Paul began her prison sentence.
In 1917, US suffragette Alice Paul began her seven-month jail sentence. She was jailed for peacefully picketing in support of the Women’s Suffrage Amendment at the White House. Sadly, people protesting peacefully around the world still face some backlash from law enforcement.
Special Days Falling on October 20thIf you were looking to celebrate something today, why not consider some of these festivities taking place around the world today?
International Chefs Day
Every October 20th is International Chefs Day! Chefs truly are the artists of the culinary world, always coming up with new and unique ways to delight our eyes, noses, and, most importantly, our taste buds! So, show your appreciation by heading to your favorite restaurant tonight, and remember to compliment the chef!
For the people of Kenya, October 20th is Mashujaa Day! The word “Mashujaa” is Swahili for “heroes.” The day is dedicated to honoring all of the heroes who have fought for Kenya’s freedom and continue to do so! That is why today is a public holiday!
In Guatemala, October 20th is Revolution Day – because, on this very day in 1944, a democratic rebellion destroyed the oppressive rule of the military dictator Jorge Ubico. The brave protestors, who were teachers, students, and general workers against actual soldiers, fought for their freedom and changed Guatemala forever! So, today is the perfect day to honor them and cherish Guatemala’s freedom.