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, 408,792 hours 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

  • 20
    Agrippa Postumus, adoptive-son of the late Roman Emperor Augustus, is executed by his guards while in exile under mysterious circumstances
  • 1866
    President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil War over.
  • 1920
    The National Football League, (NFL), is founded in the United States.
  • 1926
    Japan’s public broadcasting company, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai (NHK) is established.
  • 1955
    In Morocco, a force of Berbers from the Atlas Mountains region of Algeria raid two rural settlements and kill 77 French nationals.
  • 1960
    Senegal breaks from the Mali Federation, declaring its independence.
  • 1975
    Viking Program: NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars.
  • 1988
    “Black Saturday” of the Yellowstone fire in Yellowstone National Park
  • 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.

Who were born on August 20?

  • 1710
    Thomas Simpson, British mathematician (d. 1761)
  • 1847
    Andrew Greenwood, England cricketer (d. 1889)
  • 1926
    Nobby Wirkowski, American and Canadian football player and coach
  • 1941
    Dave Brock, British musician and founder of Hawkwind
  • 1943
    Sylvester McCoy, Scottish actor
  • 1946
    N.R. Narayana Murthy, Indian businessman
  • 1954
    Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey (d. 2007)
  • 1977
    Mayra Veronica, Cuban model and actress
  • 1984
    Mirai Moriyama, Japanese actor
  • 1992
    Matej Delač, Croatian footballer

Who died on August 20?

  • 1643
    Anne Hutchinson, English Puritan preacher (b. 1591)
  • 1680
    William Bedloe, English informer (b. 1650)
  • 1701
    Charles Sedley, English playwright (b. 1639)
  • 1971
    Rashid Minhas, Pakistani Air Force pilot (b. 1951)
  • 1979
    Christian Dotremont, Belgian painter and writer (b. 1922)
  • 1980
    Joe Dassin, American singer (b. 1938)
  • 1982
    Ulla Jacobsson, Swedish actress (b. 1929)
  • 1989
    George Adamson, India-born English game warden and lion expert (b. 1906)
  • 2008
    Gene Upshaw, American football player and union leader (b. 1945)
  • 2010
    Michael Been, American musician (The Call) (b. 1950)

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