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, 1,503,187,200 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 ‘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

  • 1858
    Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace’s same theory.
  • 1882
    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow.
  • 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.
  • 1977
    Voyager Program: NASA launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft.
  • 1988
    “Black Saturday” of the Yellowstone fire in Yellowstone National Park
  • 1988
    Peru becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • 1991
    Dissolution of the Soviet Union, August Coup: more than 100,000 people rally outside the Soviet Union’s parliament building protesting the coup aiming to depose President Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • 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
    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?

  • 1561
    Jacopo Peri, Italian composer (d. 1633)
  • 1930
    Peter Randall, British George Medal recipient (d. 2007)
  • 1934
    Tom Mangold, British journalist and author
  • 1942
    Isaac Hayes, American singer, songwriter, and actor (d. 2008)
  • 1946
    Ralf Hütter, German musician (Kraftwerk)
  • 1949
    Nikolas Asimos, Greek composer and singer (d. 1988)
  • 1957
    Finlay Calder, Scottish rugby player
  • 1965
    KRS-One, American rapper
  • 1967
    Terri Poch, American yogini and professional wrestler
  • 1982
    Barney Rogers, Zimbabwean cricketer

Who died on August 20?

  • 1384
    Geert Groote, Dutch founder of the Brethren of the Common Life (b. 1340)
  • 1611
    Tomás Luis de Victoria, Spanish composer (b. 1548)
  • 1773
    Enrique Florez, Spanish historian (b. 1701)
  • 1912
    William Booth, English founder of the Salvation Army (b. 1829)
  • 1919
    Greg MacGregor, England cricketer (b. 1869)
  • 1965
    Jonathan Myrick Daniels, American activist (b. 1939)
  • 1971
    Rashid Minhas, Pakistani Air Force pilot (b. 1951)
  • 1979
    Christian Dotremont, Belgian painter and writer (b. 1922)
  • 1997
    Léon Dion, French-Canadian political scientist (b. 1922)
  • 2007
    Larry Hartsell, American martial artist, bodyguard, trainer, student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto (b. 1942)

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