What happened this day in history August 20

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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 133 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 7, 2020 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,631,360 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 176 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 2,799 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
  • 1000
    The foundation of the Hungarian state by Saint Stephen. Today celebrated as a National Day in Hungary.
  • 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.
  • 1914
    World War I: German forces occupy Brussels.
  • 1944
    World War II: 168 captured allied airmen, including Phil Lamason, accused by the Gestapo of being “terror fliers”, arrive at Buchenwald concentration camp.
  • 1988
    Iran–Iraq War: a cease-fire is agreed after almost eight years of war.
  • 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.
  • 1997
    Souhane massacre in Algeria; over 60 people are killed and 15 kidnapped.
  • 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?

  • 1905
    Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet (d. 1973)
  • 1913
    Roger Wolcott Sperry, American neurobiologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1994)
  • 1941
    Dave Brock, British musician and founder of Hawkwind
  • 1946
    N.R. Narayana Murthy, Indian businessman
  • 1958
    Patricia Rozema, Canadian film director and screenwriter
  • 1965
    KRS-One, American rapper
  • 1974
    Amy Adams, American actress
  • 1979
    Cory Sullivan, American baseball player
  • 1983
    Yuri Zhirkov, Russian footballer
  • 1986
    Robert Clark, Canadian actor

Who died on August 20?

  • 1611
    Tomás Luis de Victoria, Spanish composer (b. 1548)
  • 1823
    Pope Pius VII (b. 1740)
  • 1917
    Adolf von Baeyer, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1835)
  • 1919
    Greg MacGregor, England cricketer (b. 1869)
  • 1971
    Rashid Minhas, Pakistani Air Force pilot (b. 1951)
  • 1980
    Joe Dassin, American singer (b. 1938)
  • 1993
    Bernard Delfgaauw, Dutch philosopher (b. 1912)
  • 2005
    Thomas Herrion, American football player (b. 1981)
  • 2007
    Leona Helmsley, American hotel operator and real estate investor (b. 1920)
  • 2009
    Larry Knechtel, American keyboard player and bassist (b. 1940)

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