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

  • 1000
    The foundation of the Hungarian state by Saint Stephen. Today celebrated as a National Day in Hungary.
  • 1672
    Former Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis are brutally murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.
  • 1882
    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow.
  • 1914
    World War I: German forces occupy Brussels.
  • 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.
  • 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 pleasure boat Marchioness sinks on the River Thames following a collision, 51 people are killed.
  • 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?

  • 1845
    St. Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic Saint (d. 1916)
  • 1860
    Raymond Poincaré, French statesman (d. 1934)
  • 1897
    Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian writer (d. 1970)
  • 1908
    Al Lopez, American baseball player and manager (d. 2005)
  • 1910
    Eero Saarinen, Finnish architect (d. 1961)
  • 1929
    Kevin Heffernan, Gaelic footballer
  • 1936
    Hideki Shirakawa, Japanese chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1965
    KRS-One, American rapper
  • 1972
    Chaney Kley, American actor (d. 2007)
  • 1982
    Joshua Kennedy, Australian footballer

Who died on August 20?

  • 1701
    Charles Sedley, English playwright (b. 1639)
  • 1919
    Greg MacGregor, England cricketer (b. 1869)
  • 1971
    Rashid Minhas, Pakistani Air Force pilot (b. 1951)
  • 1979
    Christian Dotremont, Belgian painter and writer (b. 1922)
  • 1986
    Milton Acorn, Canadian poet (b. 1923)
  • 1997
    Léon Dion, French-Canadian political scientist (b. 1922)
  • 2001
    Kim Stanley, American actress (b. 1925)
  • 2006
    Joe Rosenthal, American photographer (b. 1911)
  • 2007
    Leona Helmsley, American hotel operator and real estate investor (b. 1920)
  • 2008
    Gene Upshaw, American football player and union leader (b. 1945)

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