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What Happened on August 20th This Day in History

Year Name
2020 Joe Biden gives his acceptance speech virtually for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
2016 Fifty-four people are killed when a suicide bomber detonates himself at a Kurdish wedding party in Gaziantep, Turkey.
2014 Seventy-two people are killed in Japan's Hiroshima Prefecture by a series of landslides caused by a month's worth of rain that fell in one day.
2012 A prison riot in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, kills at least 20 people.
2008 Spanair Flight 5022, from Madrid, Spain to Gran Canaria, skids off the runway and crashes at Barajas Airport. Of the 172 people on board, 146 die immediately, and eight more later die of injuries sustained in the crash.
2007 China Airlines Flight 120 catches fire and explodes after landing at Naha Airport in Okinawa, Japan.
2006 Sri Lankan Civil War: Sri Lankan Tamil politician and former MP S. Sivamaharajah is shot dead at his home in Tellippalai.
2002 A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein take over the Iraqi embassy in Berlin, Germany for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering.
1998 The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval.
1998 U.S. embassy bombings: The United States launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical weapons plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
1997 Souhane massacre in Algeria; over 60 people are killed and 15 kidnapped.
1995 The Firozabad rail disaster kills 358 people in Firozabad, India.
1993 After rounds of secret negotiations in Norway, the Oslo Accords are signed, followed by a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. the following month.
1992 In India, Meitei language (officially known as Manipuri language) was included in the scheduled languages' list and made one of the official languages of the Indian Government.[9][10][11]
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.
1991 Estonia, occupied by and incorporated into the Soviet Union in 1940, issues a decision on the re-establishment of independence on the basis of legal continuity of its pre-occupation statehood.
1989 The pleasure boat Marchioness sinks on the River Thames following a collision. Fifty-one people are killed.
1988 "Black Saturday" of the Yellowstone fire in Yellowstone National Park
1988 Iran
1988 The Troubles: Eight British soldiers are killed and 28 wounded when their bus is hit by an IRA roadside bomb in Ballygawley, County Tyrone.
1986 In Edmond, Oklahoma, U.S. Postal employee Patrick Sherrill guns down 14 of his co-workers and then commits suicide.
1977 Voyager program: NASA launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft.
1975 Viking program: NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars.
1975 ČSA Flight 540 crashes on approach to Damascus International Airport in Damascus, Syria, killing 126 people.
1968 Cold War: Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia, crushing the Prague Spring. East German participation is limited to a few specialists due to memories of the recent war. Only Albania and Romania refuse to participate.
1962 The NS Savannah, the world's first nuclear-powered civilian ship, embarks on its maiden voyage.
1960 Senegal breaks from the Mali Federation, declaring its independence.
1955 Battle of Philippeville: In Morocco, a force of Berbers from the Atlas Mountains region of Algeria raid two rural settlements and kill 77 French nationals.
1949 Hungary adopts the Hungarian Constitution of 1949 and becomes a People’s Republic.
1948 Soviet Consul General in New York, Jacob M. Lomakin is expelled by the United States, due to the Kasenkina Case.
1944 World War II: One hundred sixty-eight captured allied airmen, including Phil Lamason, accused by the Gestapo of being "terror fliers", arrive at Buchenwald concentration camp.
1944 World War II: The Battle of Romania begins with a major Soviet Union offensive.
1940 In Mexico City, exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded with an ice axe by Ramón Mercader. He dies the next day.
1940 World War II: 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 World War II: Hundred Regiments Offensive: Chinese general Peng Dehuai of the Communist Eighth Route Army launches the Hundred Regiments Offensive, a successful campaign to disrupt Japanese war infrastructure and logistics in occupied northern China.
1938 Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam, a record that stood for 75 years until it was broken by Alex Rodriguez.
1926 Japan's public broadcasting company, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai (NHK) is established.
1920 The first commercial radio station, 8MK (now WWJ), begins operations in Detroit.
1920 The National Football League is organized as the American Professional Football Conference in Canton, Ohio
1914 World War I: Brussels is captured during the German invasion of Belgium.
1910 Extreme fire weather in the Inland Northwest of the United States causes many small wildfires to coalesce into the Great Fire of 1910, burning approximately 3 million acres (12,000 km2) and killing 87 people.
1905 Sun Yat-sen, Song Jiaoren, and others establish the Tongmenghui, a Republican, anti-Qing revolutionary organisation, in Tokyo, Japan.
1882 Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow, Russia.
1866 President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil War over.
1864 Bakumatsu: Kinmon incident: Three columns of jōi shishi from the Chōshū Domain led by Kijima Matabei and Kusaka Genzui assault and set fire to the Japanese imperial capital of Kyoto in an attempt to expel the Satsuma and Aizu Domains from the imperial court. Their defeat prompts the Tokugawa shogunate to rally all daimyos across the nation to launch a collective retaliatory expedition against the
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.
1852 Steamboat Atlantic sank on Lake Erie after a collision, with the loss of at least 150 lives.
1794 Northwest Indian War: United States troops force a confederacy of Shawnee, Mingo, Delaware, Wyandot, Miami, Ottawa, Chippewa, and Potawatomi warriors into a disorganized retreat at the Battle of Fallen Timbers.
1775 The Spanish establish the Presidio San Augustin del Tucson in the town that became Tucson, Arizona.
1710 War of the Spanish Succession: A multinational army led by the Austrian commander Guido Starhemberg defeats the Spanish-Bourbon army commanded by Alexandre Maître, Marquis de Bay in the Battle of Saragossa.
1707 The first Siege of Pensacola comes to an end with the failure of the British to capture Pensacola, Florida.
1672 Former Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis are lynched by a mob in The Hague.
1648 Thirty Years’ War: Battle of Lens: An outnumbered and hastily assembled French army under Louis II de Bourbon, Prince de Condé, decisively defeats a Spanish army led by Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria at Lens in the last major military confrontation of the Thirty Years’ War, contributing to the signing of the Peace of Westphalia in October later that year.
1519 Philosopher and general Wang Yangming defeats Zhu Chenhao, ending the Prince of Ning rebellion against the reign of the Ming dynasty's Zhengde Emperor.
1467 The Second Battle of Olmedo takes places as part of a succession conflict between Henry IV of Castile and his half-brother Alfonso, Prince of Asturias.
1391 Konrad von Wallenrode becomes the 24th Grand Master of the Teutonic Order.
1308 Pope Clement V pardons Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, absolving him of charges of heresy.
1191 Richard I of England initiates the Massacre at Ayyadieh, leaving 2,600
1083 Canonization of the first King of Hungary, Saint Stephen and his son Saint Emeric celebrated as a National Day in Hungary.
917 Battle of Acheloos: Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria decisively defeats a Byzantine army.
636 Battle of Yarmouk: Arab forces led by Khalid ibn al-Walid take control of the Levant away from the Byzantine Empire, marking the first great wave of Muslim conquests and the rapid advance of Islam outside Arabia.
14 Agrippa Postumus, maternal grandson of the late Roman emperor Augustus, is mysteriously executed by his guards while in exile.
Famous People Born on August 20

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Year Name
1979 Cory Sullivan, American baseball player
1966 Liu Chunyan, Chinese host and voice actress
1936 Hideki Shirakawa, Japanese chemist, engineer, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1972 Scott Quinnell, Welsh rugby player and sportscaster
1982 Youssouf Hersi, Ethiopian footballer
1949 Phil Lynott, Irish singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (d. 1986)
1982 Enyelbert Soto, Venezuelan-Japanese baseball player
1969 Billy Gardell, American comedian, actor, and producer
1929 Kevin Heffernan, Irish footballer and manager (d. 2013)
1952 John Hiatt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
Famous People Deaths On August 20

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Date Name
1893 Alexander Wassilko von Serecki, Austrian lawyer and politician (b. 1827)
2013 Sathima Bea Benjamin, South African singer-songwriter (b. 1936)
1963 Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer (b. 1879)
1651 Jeremi Wiśniowiecki, Polish nobleman (b. 1612)
1980 Joe Dassin, American-French singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
1919 Greg MacGregor, Scottish cricketer and rugby player (b. 1869)
1611 Tomás Luis de Victoria, Spanish priest and composer (b. 1548)
1986 Milton Acorn, Canadian poet and playwright (b. 1923)
1680 William Bedloe, English spy (b. 1650)
1859 Juan Bautista Ceballos, President of Mexico (1853) (b. 1811)