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 232nd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 133 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 7, 2017 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 25,053,120 minutes 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 ‘dihectatriacontadigon’ 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 183 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 1,703 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 20 Historical Events

  • 20
    Agrippa Postumus, adoptive-son of the late Roman Emperor Augustus, is executed by his guards while in exile under mysterious circumstances
  • 1000
    The foundation of the Hungarian state by Saint Stephen. Today celebrated as a National Day in Hungary.
  • 1083
    Canonization of the first King of Hungary, Saint Stephen and his son Saint Emeric.
  • 1866
    President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil War over.
  • 1920
    The first commercial radio station, 8MK (now WWJ), begins operations in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1938
    Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam – a record that still stands.
  • 1940
    In Mexico City exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded with an ice axe by Ramon Mercader. He dies the next day.
  • 1944
    World War II: the Battle of Romania begins with a major Soviet offensive.
  • 1986
    In Edmond, Oklahoma, U.S. Postal employee Patrick Sherrill guns down 14 of his co-workers and then commits suicide.
  • 1998
    The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government’s approval.

Who were born on August 20?

  • 1847
    Andrew Greenwood, England cricketer (d. 1889)
  • 1898
    Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish author and historian (d. 1973)
  • 1931
    Don King, American boxing promoter
  • 1937
    Andrei Konchalovsky, Russian film director
  • 1941
    Jo Ramirez, Mexican motor racing team manager and author
  • 1947
    Alan Lee, English conceptual artist
  • 1949
    Katiana Balanika, Greek actress and singer
  • 1953
    Gerry Bertier, American wheelchair Olympian (d. 1981)
  • 1954
    Al Roker, American television personality
  • 1962
    Sophie Aldred, English actress

Who died on August 20?

  • 535
    Mochta of Louth, disciple of St. Patrick
  • 917
    Constantine Lips, Byzantine Admiral
  • 1672
    Cornelis de Witt, Dutch politician (b. 1623)
  • 1701
    Charles Sedley, English playwright (b. 1639)
  • 1773
    Enrique Florez, Spanish historian (b. 1701)
  • 1823
    Pope Pius VII (b. 1740)
  • 1915
    Paul Ehrlich, German scientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1854)
  • 1979
    Christian Dotremont, Belgian painter and writer (b. 1922)
  • 1997
    Léon Dion, French-Canadian political scientist (b. 1922)
  • 2005
    Thomas Herrion, American football player (b. 1981)

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