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September 20, 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 the Cannes Film Festival. The festival intended to make its debut in 1939, but the outbreak of Worl...

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September 20, 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 VI, was already on the papal throne in Rome. Robert’s election was a result of the cardinals...

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September 20, 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 significant victories of the Western Roman Empire. In 450, Honoria, the sister of Emperor Valenti...

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