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

  • 20
    Agrippa Postumus, adoptive-son of the late Roman Emperor Augustus, is executed by his guards while in exile under mysterious circumstances
  • 1391
    Konrad von Wallenrode becomes the 24th Hochmeister of the Teutonic Order.
  • 1672
    Former Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis are brutally murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.
  • 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”.
  • 1940
    In Mexico City exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded with an ice axe by Ramon Mercader. He dies the next day.
  • 1955
    In Morocco, a force of Berbers from the Atlas Mountains region of Algeria raid two rural settlements and kill 77 French nationals.
  • 1975
    Viking Program: NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars.
  • 1988
    Iran–Iraq War: a cease-fire is agreed after almost eight years of war.
  • 1998
    The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government’s approval.

Who were born on August 20?

  • 1885
    Dino Campana, Italian poet (d. 1932)
  • 1906
    Charles Arnt, American actor d. 1990
  • 1918
    Jacqueline Susann, American novelist (d. 1974)
  • 1919
    Walter Bernstein, American screenwriter
  • 1940
    Rubén Hinojosa, American politician
  • 1941
    Jo Ramirez, Mexican motor racing team manager and author
  • 1949
    Patrick Kilpatrick, American actor
  • 1974
    Big Moe, American rapper (d. 2007)
  • 1977
    Felipe Contepomi, Argentine rugby player
  • 1990
    Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Dutch swimmer

Who died on August 20?

  • 535
    Mochta of Louth, disciple of St. Patrick
  • 917
    Constantine Lips, Byzantine Admiral
  • 1384
    Geert Groote, Dutch founder of the Brethren of the Common Life (b. 1340)
  • 1914
    Pope Pius X (b. 1835)
  • 1919
    Greg MacGregor, England cricketer (b. 1869)
  • 1930
    Charles Bannerman, Australian cricketer (b. 1851)
  • 1997
    Léon Dion, French-Canadian political scientist (b. 1922)
  • 2001
    Sir Fred Hoyle, English astronomer and science fiction writer (b. 1915)
  • 2005
    Krzysztof Raczkowski, Polish drummer (b. 1970)
  • 2008
    Ed “Too Tall” Freeman, former U.S. Army helicopter pilot and Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1927)

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