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

  • 1308
    Pope Clement V pardons Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, absolving him of charges of heresy.
  • 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.
  • 1950
    Korean War: United Nations repel an offensive by North Korean divisions attempting to cross the Naktong River and assault the city of Taegu.
  • 1986
    In Edmond, Oklahoma, U.S. Postal employee Patrick Sherrill guns down 14 of his co-workers and then commits suicide.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1881
    Edgar Guest, English poet (d. 1959)
  • 1905
    Jack Teagarden, American musician (d. 1964)
  • 1927
    Geriatric1927, English video blogger
  • 1952
    Doug Fieger, American musician (The Knack) (d. 2010)
  • 1961
    Greg Egan, Australian author
  • 1968
    Klas Ingesson, Swedish footballer
  • 1974
    Andy Strachan, Australian musician (The Living End)
  • 1976
    Chris Drury, American hockey player
  • 1982
    Cléber Luis Alberti, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986
    Robert Clark, Canadian actor

Who died on August 20?

  • 1707
    Nicolas Gigault, French organist and composer (b. 1627)
  • 1915
    Paul Ehrlich, German scientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1854)
  • 1986
    Milton Acorn, Canadian poet (b. 1923)
  • 1989
    George Adamson, India-born English game warden and lion expert (b. 1906)
  • 1993
    Bernard Delfgaauw, Dutch philosopher (b. 1912)
  • 1997
    Norris Bradbury, American physicist (b. 1909)
  • 2001
    Kim Stanley, American actress (b. 1925)
  • 2005
    Thomas Herrion, American football player (b. 1981)
  • 2006
    Claude Blanchard, French-Canadian singer, comedian and actor (b. 1932)
  • 2010
    Dang Phong, Vietnamese historian (b. 1937)

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