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, 417,552 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 ‘dihectatriacontadigon’ day.

Lovelife today Hey! How’s your lovelife today? Get a free love reading with the most frank answers. Start to seize love opportunities in your life! Did I mention it’s F-R-E-E? (Sponsored link; 18+ only)

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.

My Birthday Ninja Birthday Facts Are you not curious to find out some fun facts about your birthday? Find out who shares my birthday and what was the number one song on your day of birth. (Sponsored link)

August 20 Historical Events

  • 1083
    Canonization of the first King of Hungary, Saint Stephen and his son Saint Emeric.
  • 1308
    Pope Clement V pardons Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, absolving him of charges of heresy.
  • 1926
    Japan’s public broadcasting company, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai (NHK) is established.
  • 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.
  • 1960
    Senegal breaks from the Mali Federation, declaring its independence.
  • 1986
    In Edmond, Oklahoma, U.S. Postal employee Patrick Sherrill guns down 14 of his co-workers and then commits suicide.
  • 1988
    Peru becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • 1997
    Souhane massacre in Algeria; over 60 people are killed and 15 kidnapped.
  • 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?

  • 1632
    Louis Bourdaloue, French Jesuit preacher (d. 1704)
  • 1856
    Jakub Bart-Ćišinski, Sorbian writer (d. 1909)
  • 1943
    Sylvester McCoy, Scottish actor
  • 1961
    Greg Egan, Australian author
  • 1966
    Dimebag Darrell, American guitarist (Pantera and Damageplan) (d. 2004)
  • 1970
    Fred Durst, American singer (Limp Bizkit)
  • 1971
    David Walliams, British comedian
  • 1974
    Big Moe, American rapper (d. 2007)
  • 1977
    Felipe Contepomi, Argentine rugby player
  • 1979
    Cory Sullivan, American baseball player

Who died on August 20?

  • 1580
    Jeronymo Osorio, Portuguese historian (b. 1506)
  • 1672
    Cornelis de Witt, Dutch politician (b. 1623)
  • 1930
    Charles Bannerman, Australian cricketer (b. 1851)
  • 1961
    Percy Williams Bridgman, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)
  • 1971
    Rashid Minhas, Pakistani Air Force pilot (b. 1951)
  • 1997
    Norris Bradbury, American physicist (b. 1909)
  • 2001
    Kim Stanley, American actress (b. 1925)
  • 2006
    Claude Blanchard, French-Canadian singer, comedian and actor (b. 1932)
  • 2006
    Cpl Bryan Budd VC, British soldier (b. 1977)
  • 2008
    Hua Guofeng, Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party (b. 1921)

Share or Link to This Page:

Kindly keep the link back to this website. Thank you!