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

  • 20
    Agrippa Postumus, adoptive-son of the late Roman Emperor Augustus, is executed by his guards while in exile under mysterious circumstances
  • 1083
    Canonization of the first King of Hungary, Saint Stephen and his son Saint Emeric.
  • 1858
    Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace’s same theory.
  • 1940
    In Mexico City exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded with an ice axe by Ramon Mercader. He dies the next day.
  • 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.
  • 1960
    Senegal breaks from the Mali Federation, declaring its independence.
  • 1975
    Viking Program: NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars.
  • 1989
    The O-Bahn in Adelaide, the world’s longest guided busway, opens.
  • 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.

Who were born on August 20?

  • 1517
    Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, French church leader (d. 1586)
  • 1913
    Roger Wolcott Sperry, American neurobiologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1994)
  • 1948
    Robert Plant, British Musician (Led Zeppelin)
  • 1949
    Katiana Balanika, Greek actress and singer
  • 1955
    Agnes Chan, Hong Kong singer and writer
  • 1958
    Patricia Rozema, Canadian film director and screenwriter
  • 1973
    Todd Helton, American baseball player
  • 1974
    Maxim Vengerov, Russian violinist
  • 1974
    Szabolcs Sáfár, Hungarian footballer
  • 1977
    Manuel Contepomi, Argentine rugby player

Who died on August 20?

  • 1384
    Geert Groote, Dutch founder of the Brethren of the Common Life (b. 1340)
  • 1680
    William Bedloe, English informer (b. 1650)
  • 1701
    Charles Sedley, English playwright (b. 1639)
  • 1825
    William Waldegrave, 1st Baron Radstock, Governor of Newfoundland (b. 1753)
  • 1961
    Percy Williams Bridgman, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)
  • 1979
    Christian Dotremont, Belgian painter and writer (b. 1922)
  • 1997
    Norris Bradbury, American physicist (b. 1909)
  • 2006
    Joe Rosenthal, American photographer (b. 1911)
  • 2008
    Stephanie Tubbs Jones, American politician (b. 1949)
  • 2009
    Larry Knechtel, American keyboard player and bassist (b. 1940)

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