What are the important events that happened on August 20? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 20: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 20 is the 233rd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 133 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 7, 2016 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,471,651,200 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectatriacontatrigon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 161 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,338 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 20 Historical Events

  • 636
    Battle of Yarmouk: Arab forces led by Khalid ibn al-Walid take control of Syria and Palestine away from the Byzantine Empire, marking the first great wave of Muslim conquests and the rapid advance of Islam outside Arabia.
  • 1000
    The foundation of the Hungarian state by Saint Stephen. Today celebrated as a National Day in Hungary.
  • 1938
    Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam – a record that still stands.
  • 1944
    World War II: 168 captured allied airmen, including Phil Lamason, accused by the Gestapo of being “terror fliers”, arrive at Buchenwald concentration camp.
  • 1977
    Voyager Program: NASA launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft.
  • 1988
    The Troubles: Eight British Army soldiers are killed and 28 wounded when their bus is hit by a Provisional Irish Republican Army roadside bomb in Northern Ireland (see Ballygawley bus bombing).
  • 1989
    The O-Bahn in Adelaide, the world’s longest guided busway, opens.
  • 1993
    After rounds of secret negotiations in Norway, the Oslo Peace Accords are signed, followed by a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. the following month.
  • 1998
    The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government’s approval.
  • 1998
    U.S. embassy bombings: the United States launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Who were born on August 20?

  • 1710
    Thomas Simpson, British mathematician (d. 1761)
  • 1901
    Salvatore Quasimodo, Italian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1968)
  • 1909
    Alby Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (d. 1978)
  • 1916
    Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian–German chess player (d. 1984)
  • 1942
    Fred Norman, American baseball player
  • 1952
    Doug Fieger, American musician (The Knack) (d. 2010)
  • 1962
    Sophie Aldred, English actress
  • 1974
    Big Moe, American rapper (d. 2007)
  • 1977
    James Ormond, England cricketer
  • 1990
    Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Dutch swimmer

Who died on August 20?

  • 535
    Mochta of Louth, disciple of St. Patrick
  • 1611
    Tomás Luis de Victoria, Spanish composer (b. 1548)
  • 1963
    Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer (b. 1879)
  • 2001
    Kim Stanley, American actress (b. 1925)
  • 2001
    Sir Fred Hoyle, English astronomer and science fiction writer (b. 1915)
  • 2006
    Cpl Bryan Budd VC, British soldier (b. 1977)
  • 2007
    Larry Hartsell, American martial artist, bodyguard, trainer, student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto (b. 1942)
  • 2007
    Leona Helmsley, American hotel operator and real estate investor (b. 1920)
  • 2008
    Ed “Too Tall” Freeman, former U.S. Army helicopter pilot and Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1927)
  • 2010
    Michael Been, American musician (The Call) (b. 1950)

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