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, 1,471,651,200 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 ‘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

  • 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.
  • 1866
    President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil War over.
  • 1920
    The National Football League, (NFL), is founded in the United States.
  • 1944
    World War II: 168 captured allied airmen, including Phil Lamason, accused by the Gestapo of being “terror fliers”, arrive at Buchenwald concentration camp.
  • 1955
    In Morocco, a force of Berbers from the Atlas Mountains region of Algeria raid two rural settlements and kill 77 French nationals.
  • 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
    Iran–Iraq War: a cease-fire is agreed after almost eight years of war.
  • 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.

Who were born on August 20?

  • 1873
    Gottlieb Eliel Saarinen, Finnish architect (d. 1950)
  • 1887
    Phan Khoi, Vietnamese intellectual (d. 1959)
  • 1901
    Salvatore Quasimodo, Italian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1968)
  • 1924
    George Zuverink, American baseball player
  • 1927
    Yootha Joyce, English actress (d. 1980)
  • 1948
    John Noble, Australian actor
  • 1961
    Greg Egan, Australian author
  • 1971
    Jonathan Ke Quan, Vietnamese/American actor
  • 1974
    Maxim Vengerov, Russian violinist
  • 1980
    Corey Carrier, American actor

Who died on August 20?

  • 917
    Constantine Lips, Byzantine Admiral
  • 1672
    Johan de Witt, Dutch politician (b. 1625)
  • 1823
    Pope Pius VII (b. 1740)
  • 1887
    Jules Laforgue, French poet (b. 1860)
  • 1912
    William Booth, English founder of the Salvation Army (b. 1829)
  • 1963
    Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer (b. 1879)
  • 1971
    Rashid Minhas, Pakistani Air Force pilot (b. 1951)
  • 1980
    Joe Dassin, American singer (b. 1938)
  • 2006
    Joe Rosenthal, American photographer (b. 1911)
  • 2010
    Dang Phong, Vietnamese historian (b. 1937)

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