June 20 in History
1837June 20, 1837:
Queen Victoria ascends the throne of the United Kingdom upon the death of her uncle King William IV.
1893June 20, 1893:
A New Bedford court acquits Lizzie Borden, a Fall River, Massachusetts woman who was accused of killing her father and stepmother.
1895June 20, 1895:
Caroline Willard Baldwin earns the first PhD in science awarded to a woman by an American university.
1940June 20, 1940:
Joe Louis beats Chilean boxer Arturo Godoy to emerge as the world’s heavyweight champion.
1947June 20, 1947:
Bugsy Siegel, the man credited with introducing organized crime to the West Coast of the United States, is shot thrice in the head and dies immediately.
1949June 20, 1949:
Tennis player Gussie Moran causes a stir with a “scandalous” short dress which she wore for her Wimbledon match.
1975June 20, 1975:
“Jaws” by filmmaker Steven Spielberg hits theatres.
1980June 20, 1980:
Sugar Ray Leonard loses his WBC welterweight title to Panamanian boxer, Roberto Duran.
1987June 20, 1987:
New Zealand emerges champion of the first Rugby World Cup.
1992June 20, 1992:
Paraguay adopts a new constitution, bringing to an end military rule which started in the 1950s.