(Saturday, September 20, 1952, during the 1952 U.S. presidential campaign) — Two days after the New York Post reported a “secret” campaign fund for Richard Nixon, the GOP vice presidential nominee told supporters in Portland, Oregon, that it was a lie that he took the money for his personal use and he denied that it was illegal and unethical as charged.
(Sunday, September 20, 1942, during the Battle of Stalingrad, part of the Eastern Front of World War II) — Wilhelm Hoffman, a soldier in the 267th Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division of the German 6th Army who chronicled the Battle of Stalingrad in his journal, wrote today:
“The battle for the elevator is still going on. The Russians are firing on all sides. We stay in our cellar; you can’t go out into the street. Sergeant Major Nuschke was killed today running across a street. Poor fellow, he’s got three children.”
(Tuesday, September 20, 1932) — Mahatma K. Gandhi, the pre-eminent political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence movement, solemnly began his “fast unto death” today behind the walls of Yerovda jail at Poona, where he’s been held since January.
Gandhi says he will starve himself to death unless the British government’s plan for creating a separate electorate for the depressed classes is discarded.