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

  • 1308
    Pope Clement V pardons Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, absolving him of charges of heresy.
  • 1672
    Former Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis are brutally murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.
  • 1950
    Korean War: United Nations repel an offensive by North Korean divisions attempting to cross the Naktong River and assault the city of Taegu.
  • 1955
    In Morocco, a force of Berbers from the Atlas Mountains region of Algeria raid two rural settlements and kill 77 French nationals.
  • 1977
    Voyager Program: NASA launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft.
  • 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 O-Bahn in Adelaide, the world’s longest guided busway, opens.
  • 1989
    The pleasure boat Marchioness sinks on the River Thames following a collision, 51 people are killed.
  • 1991
    Estonia, annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940, issues a decision on the re-establishment of independence on the basis of historical continuity of her pre-World War II statehood.
  • 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?

  • 1845
    St. Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic Saint (d. 1916)
  • 1886
    Paul Tillich, German-American theologian (d. 1965)
  • 1898
    Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish author and historian (d. 1973)
  • 1910
    Eero Saarinen, Finnish architect (d. 1961)
  • 1918
    Jacqueline Susann, American novelist (d. 1974)
  • 1936
    Hideki Shirakawa, Japanese chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1944
    Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of India (d. 1991)
  • 1957
    Finlay Calder, Scottish rugby player
  • 1963
    Uwe Bialon, German footballer
  • 1979
    Cory Sullivan, American baseball player

Who died on August 20?

  • 20
    Agrippa Postumus, youngest son of Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa and Julia the Elder, grandson and adoptive-son of Roman Emperor Augustus (b. 12 BC)
  • 535
    Mochta of Louth, disciple of St. Patrick
  • 1648
    Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, English diplomat, poet, and philosopher (b. 1583)
  • 1672
    Cornelis de Witt, Dutch politician (b. 1623)
  • 1707
    Nicolas Gigault, French organist and composer (b. 1627)
  • 1854
    Shiranui Dakuemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 8th Yokozuna (b. 1801)
  • 1917
    Adolf von Baeyer, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1835)
  • 1963
    Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer (b. 1879)
  • 1997
    Léon Dion, French-Canadian political scientist (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    Joe Rosenthal, American photographer (b. 1911)

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