September 20

This Day in History

1946

First Cannes Film Festival

On this day, the first annual Cannes Film Festival opens. Once a year, the allure of the French Riviera mixes with silver screen mania and pure show business glitz in an international pageant known as … (more...)

1378

Antipope Elected, Starting the Great Schism

This day in 1378 marks the beginning of the Great Schism in Western Europe. It was the date that Robert of Geneva (1342-94) was elected pope as Clement VII, despite the fact that another pope, Urban … (more...)

451

Ancient World’s Largest Battle Starts

On this day in 451, on the Catalaunian Plains of northeastern France, the Huns and the Romans fought in the Battle of Châlons, one of the largest battles of the ancient world, and one of the last … (more...)