20 September, 1942 – UK Water Restrictions

As part of the British war effort to conserve fuel every household is asked to bathe in no more than 5 inches of water, the royal family is leading the way with black lines painted on all baths in the royal household at a depth of 5 inches with posters all over the palace reminding all of the need to conserve energy.

20 September, 1967 – Scotland QE 2 Launched

Queen Elizabeth launches the new Cunard cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2, at a ceremony on the Clydebank with the words “I name this ship Queen Elizabeth the Second. May God bless her and all who sail in her.”

20 September, 1978 – Iran Earthquake

The death toll in the area hit by an earthquake which hit Tabas and the surrounding villages on Saturday has now reached 16,000 and Iranian aircraft are spraying areas effected with disinfectant in a hope to keep diseases from spreading. The smell of death still pervades through the smell of disinfectant as there are still large numbers of dead who have not been buried. Iran has asked the world for help and medical supplies and staff as many wounded men and women are still untreated due to the small hospital in the area.

20 September, 2006 – Australopithecus Afarensis Found

Fossilized bones of a female juvenile Australopithecus afarensis found in Ethiopia were finally fully uncovered. The bones date back to about 3.3 million years ago and are thought to belong to an Australopithecus afarensis that was about 3 years old at her death. The discovery will provide many clues into the evolution of humans and pre-historic species of hominids.

20 September, 2012 – Sudan Gold Refinery Opened in Khartoum

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir officially opened the country’s first gold refinery. The plant is said to be one of Africa’s largest and is located in Khartoum.

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