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, 24,527,520 minutes 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

  • 917
    Battle of Acheloos: Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria decisively defeats a Byzantine army.
  • 1000
    The foundation of the Hungarian state by Saint Stephen. Today celebrated as a National Day in Hungary.
  • 1391
    Konrad von Wallenrode becomes the 24th Hochmeister of the Teutonic Order.
  • 1710
    War of the Spanish Succession: a multinational army led by the Austrian commander Guido Starhemberg defeats the Spanish-Bourbon army commanded by the Marquis de Bay in the Battle of Saragossa.
  • 1794
    Battle of Fallen Timbers – American troops force a confederacy of Shawnee, Mingo, Delaware, Wyandot, Miami, Ottawa, Chippewa, and Potawatomi warriors into a disorganized retreat.
  • 1940
    British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes the fourth of his famous wartime speeches, containing the line “Never was so much owed by so many to so few”.
  • 1986
    In Edmond, Oklahoma, U.S. Postal employee Patrick Sherrill guns down 14 of his co-workers and then commits suicide.
  • 1988
    “Black Saturday” of the Yellowstone fire in Yellowstone National Park
  • 1998
    The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government’s approval.
  • 2008
    Spanair Flight 5022, from Madrid to Gran Canaria, skids off the runway and crashes at Barajas Airport. 146 people are killed in the crash, and 8 more die later. Only 18 people survive.

Who were born on August 20?

  • 1719
    Christian Mayer, Czech astronomer (d. 1783)
  • 1833
    Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States (d. 1901)
  • 1910
    Eero Saarinen, Finnish architect (d. 1961)
  • 1927
    Geriatric1927, English video blogger
  • 1933
    George J. Mitchell, former United States Senator
  • 1962
    James Marsters, American actor
  • 1963
    Uwe Bialon, German footballer
  • 1974
    Szabolcs Sáfár, Hungarian footballer
  • 1982
    Joshua Kennedy, Australian footballer
  • 1992
    Matej Delač, Croatian footballer

Who died on August 20?

  • 535
    Mochta of Louth, disciple of St. Patrick
  • 1639
    Martin Opitz von Boberfeld, German poet (b. 1597)
  • 1701
    Charles Sedley, English playwright (b. 1639)
  • 1854
    Shiranui Dakuemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 8th Yokozuna (b. 1801)
  • 1917
    Adolf von Baeyer, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1835)
  • 1971
    Rashid Minhas, Pakistani Air Force pilot (b. 1951)
  • 1996
    Rio Reiser, German rock musician and singer (b. 1950)
  • 2005
    Thomas Herrion, American football player (b. 1981)
  • 2008
    Gene Upshaw, American football player and union leader (b. 1945)
  • 2010
    Dang Phong, Vietnamese historian (b. 1937)

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