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What Happened on August 20th This Day in History

Year Name
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 caught fire and exploded 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 claimed 358 lives 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.
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⿿Iraq War: A ceasefire is agreed after almost eight years of war.
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.
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.
1950 Korean War: United Nations repel an offensive by North Korean divisions attempting to cross the Nakdong River and assault the city of Taegu.
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".
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 The Great Fire of 1910 (also commonly referred to as the "Big Blowup" or the "Big Burn") occurs in northeast Washington, northern Idaho (the panhandle), and western Montana, burning approximately 3 million acres (12,000 km2).
1905 Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary, forms the first chapter of T'ung Meng Hui, a union of all secret societies determined to bringing down the Manchus.
1882 Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow, Russia.
1866 President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil War over.
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 Battle of Fallen Timbers: American troops force a confederacy of Shawnee, Mingo, Delaware, Wyandot, Miami, Ottawa, Chippewa, and Potawatomi warriors into a disorganized retreat.
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 brutally murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.
1648 Battle of Lens: French Duc d'Enghien defeats Spaniards
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⿿3,000 Muslim hostages dead.
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 executed by his guards under mysterious circumstances while in exile.
Famous People Born on August 20

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Year Name
1963 José Cecena, Mexican baseball player
1953 Mike Jackson, American politician
1990 Bradley Klahn, American tennis player
1778 Bernardo O'Higgins, Chilean general and politician, 2nd Supreme Director of Chile (d. 1842)
1898 Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish historian, journalist, author, and playwright (d. 1973)
1905 Jack Teagarden, American singer-songwriter and trombonist (d. 1964)
1991 Mario TičinoviĿ, Croatian footballer
1976 Chris Drury, American ice hockey player
1984 Pavel Eismann, Czech footballer
1942 Isaac Hayes, American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor (d. 2008)
Famous People Deaths On August 20

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Date Name
2014 Edmund Szoka, American cardinal (b. 1927)
1572 Miguel López de Legazpi, Spanish navigator and politician, 1st Governor-General of the Philippines (b. 1502)
1859 Juan Bautista Ceballos, President of Mexico (1853) (b. 1811)
1936 Edward Weston, English-American chemist (b. 1850)
2018 Uri Avnery, Israeli writer, politician and peace activist
1348 Laurence Hastings, 1st Earl of Pembroke (b. 1319)
1580 Jerónimo Osório, Portuguese historian and author (b. 1506)
1995 Hugo Pratt, Italian author and illustrator (b. 1927)
1930 Charles Bannerman, Australian cricketer and umpire (b. 1851)
2013 Don Hassler, American saxophonist and composer (b. 1929)