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 232nd day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 133 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 7, 2019 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,104,320 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 ‘dihectatriacontadigon’ 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 158 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 2,433 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
  • 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.
  • 1083
    Canonization of the first King of Hungary, Saint Stephen and his son Saint Emeric.
  • 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.
  • 1882
    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow.
  • 1991
    Estonia, annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940, issues a decision on the re-establishment of independence on the basis of historical continuity of her pre-World War II statehood.
  • 1998
    The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government’s approval.
  • 2002
    A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein take over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering.

Who were born on August 20?

  • 1625
    Thomas Corneille, French dramatist (d. 1709)
  • 1845
    St. Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic Saint (d. 1916)
  • 1905
    Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet (d. 1973)
  • 1937
    Jim Bowen, English comedian
  • 1940
    Rubén Hinojosa, American politician
  • 1949
    Patrick Kilpatrick, American actor
  • 1956
    Alvin Greenidge, West Indian cricketer
  • 1968
    Klas Ingesson, Swedish footballer
  • 1974
    Misha Collins, American actor and producer
  • 1980
    Samuel Dumoulin, French cyclist

Who died on August 20?

  • 1707
    Nicolas Gigault, French organist and composer (b. 1627)
  • 1773
    Enrique Florez, Spanish historian (b. 1701)
  • 1825
    William Waldegrave, 1st Baron Radstock, Governor of Newfoundland (b. 1753)
  • 1917
    Adolf von Baeyer, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1835)
  • 1963
    Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer (b. 1879)
  • 1971
    Rashid Minhas, Pakistani Air Force pilot (b. 1951)
  • 1997
    Norris Bradbury, American physicist (b. 1909)
  • 2007
    Leona Helmsley, American hotel operator and real estate investor (b. 1920)
  • 2008
    Ed “Too Tall” Freeman, former U.S. Army helicopter pilot and Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1927)
  • 2009
    Larry Knechtel, American keyboard player and bassist (b. 1940)

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