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October 20th

1818 The United States and Britain agreed to establish the 49th parallel as the official boundary between the United States and Canada.
1918 Germany accepted U.S. President Woodrow Wilson's terms to end World War I.
1944 U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur kept his promise to return to the Philippines Islands when he landed with U.S. forces during World War II.
1947 The U.S. House of Representatives Un-American Activities Committee opened public hearings into communist influence in Hollywood.
1982 The world's worst soccer disaster occurred in Moscow when 340 fans were crushed to death in an open staircase during a game between Soviet and Dutch players.
1990 The rap group 2 Live Crew was acquitted in Miami of obscenity charges arising from a performance of selections from the album As Nasty As They Wanna Be.
1992 One of Europe's leading environmentalists, Germany's Greens Party founder Petra Kelly, was found shot to death by her companion, Gert Bastian, who then committed suicide.
1994 Hollywood heavyweight Burt Lancaster died at the age of 80.
2000 A former U.S. Army sergeant pleaded guilty to joining in a terrorist plot against the United States, linking Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden to the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.
2003 The London Mirror said that British Princess Diana claimed there was a plot to kill her in a car crash in a handwritten letter 10 months before she died in an auto accident.
2004 Margaret Hassan, chief of operations for the British CARE charity, was kidnapped on her way to work in Iraq by unknown armed militants. CARE suspended its work in Iraq soon after.
2004 Retired Gen. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was sworn in as Indonesia's sixth president after winning the country's first direct elections for head of state.
2005 Former U.S. House of Representatives Republican leader Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, was booked in Houston after his indictment on conspiracy and money laundering charges. He was freed on $10,000 bond.
2005 Pakistan set the official death toll of the Oct. 8 quake at 47,000 but various aid officials claim it was closer to 80,000. Three million people were reported without shelter as winter approached the Himalayan region.
2007 Afghan President Hamid Karzai asked Iran, Pakistan and Turkey and several, smaller Central Asian states for help in fighting terrorism in the region.
2008 U.S. auto giants Chrysler and General Motors were reported looking for government help in financing a merger. Details remained under wraps but sources said such a company would command 36 percent of the U.S. auto market.