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

  • 917
    Battle of Acheloos: Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria decisively defeats a Byzantine army.
  • 1000
    The foundation of the Hungarian state by Saint Stephen. Today celebrated as a National Day in Hungary.
  • 1308
    Pope Clement V pardons Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, absolving him of charges of heresy.
  • 1391
    Konrad von Wallenrode becomes the 24th Hochmeister of the Teutonic Order.
  • 1866
    President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil War over.
  • 1938
    Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam – a record that still stands.
  • 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 pleasure boat Marchioness sinks on the River Thames following a collision, 51 people are killed.
  • 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.
  • 2002
    A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein take over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering.

Who were born on August 20?

  • 1873
    Gottlieb Eliel Saarinen, Finnish architect (d. 1950)
  • 1887
    Phan Khoi, Vietnamese intellectual (d. 1959)
  • 1921
    Jack Wilson, Australian cricketer (d. 1985)
  • 1924
    George Zuverink, American baseball player
  • 1937
    El Fary, Spanish singer and actor (d. 2007)
  • 1946
    Connie Chung, American journalist
  • 1963
    Uwe Bialon, German footballer
  • 1970
    Els Callens, Belgian tennis player
  • 1980
    Rochelle Gadd, British actress
  • 1982
    Youssouf Hersi, Ethiopian footballer

Who died on August 20?

  • 1611
    Tomás Luis de Victoria, Spanish composer (b. 1548)
  • 1639
    Martin Opitz von Boberfeld, German poet (b. 1597)
  • 1648
    Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, English diplomat, poet, and philosopher (b. 1583)
  • 1672
    Johan de Witt, Dutch politician (b. 1625)
  • 1701
    Charles Sedley, English playwright (b. 1639)
  • 1915
    Paul Ehrlich, German scientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1854)
  • 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)
  • 1993
    Bernard Delfgaauw, Dutch philosopher (b. 1912)

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