I love learning new facts. Here are seven odd but true facts from October 20.
1720 – Caribbean pirate John “Calico Jack” Rackham is captured by the Royal Navy. Calico Jack is most remembered for two things: the design of his Jolly Roger flag-the now-famous skull with crossed swords which helped popularize the design; and for having two female crew members, Mary Read and Rackham's lover Anne Bonny.
1873 – Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers universities together draft the first code of American football rules. In my husband's opinion, this is arguably the most important event of October 20th.
1944 – American general Douglas MacArthur fulfills his promise of “I shall return” to the Philippines when he commands an Allied assault on the islands, reclaiming them from the Japanese during the Second World War.
1977 – The Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane crashes, killing most of the band members. This was a sad, sad day for my generation.
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