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August 20th, 2007 (August 20 2007)DeathLeona Helmsley, American hotel operator and real estate investor (born in 1920)
August 20th, 2007 (August 20 2007)DeathLarry Hartsell, American martial artist, bodyguard, trainer, student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto (born in 1942)Bruce Lee Quotes
August 20th, 2006 (August 20 2006)DeathClaude Blanchard, French-Canadian singer, comedian and actor (born in 1932)
August 20th, 2006 (August 20 2006)DeathJoe Rosenthal, American photographer (born in 1911)
August 20th, 2006 (August 20 2006)DeathCpl Bryan Budd VC, British soldier (Afghanistan) (born in 1977)
August 20th, 2005 (August 20 2005)DeathThomas Herrion, American football player (born in 1981)
August 20th, 2005 (August 20 2005)DeathKrzysztof Raczkowski, Polish drummer (born in 1970)
August 20th, 2003 (August 20 2003)BirthPrince Gabriel of Belgium
August 20th, 2002 (August 20 2002)EventA 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 giving up.Saddam Hussein Quotes
August 20th, 2001 (August 20 2001)DeathSir Fred Hoyle, English astronomer and science fiction writer (born in 1915)Fred Hoyle Quotes
August 20th, 2001 (August 20 2001)DeathKim Stanley, American actress (born in 1925)
August 20th, 1998 (August 20 1998)EventThe Supreme Court of Canada states Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government s approval.
August 20th, 1998 (August 20 1998)EventU.S. embassy bombings: The United States military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum is destroyed in the attack.
August 20th, 1998 (August 20 1998)DeathRaquel Rastenni, Danish singer (born in 1915)
August 20th, 1997 (August 20 1997)EventSouhane massacre in Algeria; over 60 people killed, 15 kidnapped.
August 20th, 1997 (August 20 1997)DeathNorris Bradbury, American physicist (born in 1909)
August 20th, 1997 (August 20 1997)DeathLeon Dion, French-Canadian political scientist (born in 1922)
August 20th, 1993 (August 20 1993)EventAfter rounds of secret negotiations in Norway, the Oslo Peace Accords were signed, followed by a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. the next month.
August 20th, 1993 (August 20 1993)DeathBernard Delfgaauw, Dutch philosopher (born in 1912) Philo Quotes
August 20th, 1992 (August 20 1992)BirthDemi Lovato, American Actress
August 20th, 1991 (August 20 1991)EventCollapse 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.
August 20th, 1991 (August 20 1991)EventEstonia secedes from the Soviet Union.
August 20th, 1991 (August 20 1991)BirthMarko Dokovic, Serbian tennis player
August 20th, 1989 (August 20 1989)DeathGeorge Adamson, India-born English game warden and lion expert (born in 1906)
August 20th, 1988 (August 20 1988)Event"Black Saturday" of the Yellowstone fire in Yellowstone National Park
August 20th, 1988 (August 20 1988)EventPeru becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
August 20th, 1988 (August 20 1988)EventIran-Iraq War: A cease-fire is agreed to after almost eight years of war.
August 20th, 1987 (August 20 1987)BirthCatalina Ponor, Romanian gymnast
August 20th, 1986 (August 20 1986)EventIn Edmond, Oklahoma, U.S. Postal employee Patrick Sherrill guns down 14 of his co-workers and then commits suicide.
August 20th, 1986 (August 20 1986)BirthRobert Clark, Canadian actor
August 20th, 1986 (August 20 1986)DeathMilton Acorn, Canadian poet (born in 1923)
August 20th, 1984 (August 20 1984)BirthMirai Moriyama, Japanese actor
August 20th, 1982 (August 20 1982)EventLebanese Civil War: A multinational force lands in Beirut to oversee the PLO withdrawal from Lebanon.
August 20th, 1982 (August 20 1982)BirthJoshua Kennedy, Australian footballer
August 20th, 1982 (August 20 1982)BirthYoussouf Hersi, Ethiopian footballer
August 20th, 1982 (August 20 1982)BirthCleber Luis Alberti, Brazilian footballer
August 20th, 1982 (August 20 1982)DeathUlla Jacobsson, Swedish actress (born in 1929)
August 20th, 1981 (August 20 1981)BirthBernard Mendy, French footballer
August 20th, 1981 (August 20 1981)BirthBenjamin Barnes, English actor (Prince Caspian)
August 20th, 1980 (August 20 1980)BirthRochelle Gadd, British actress
August 20th, 1980 (August 20 1980)BirthCorey Carrier, American actor
August 20th, 1980 (August 20 1980)DeathJoe Dassin, American singer (born in 1938)
August 20th, 1979 (August 20 1979)EventThe East Coast Main Line rail route between England and Scotland is restored when the Penmanshiel Diversion opens.
August 20th, 1979 (August 20 1979)BirthCory Sullivan, baseball player
August 20th, 1977 (August 20 1977)EventVoyager Program: The United States launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft.
August 20th, 1977 (August 20 1977)BirthFelipe Contepomi, Argentine rugby player
August 20th, 1977 (August 20 1977)BirthManuel Contepomi, Argentine rugby player
August 20th, 1977 (August 20 1977)BirthIvar Ingimarsson, Icelandic footballer
August 20th, 1977 (August 20 1977)BirthMayra Veronica, Cuban model and actress
August 20th, 1976 (August 20 1976)BirthChris Drury, American hockey player
August 20th, 1975 (August 20 1975)EventViking Program: NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars.
August 20th, 1975 (August 20 1975)BirthMarcus Mastin, American author
August 20th, 1975 (August 20 1975)BirthAndy Strachan, Australian musician (The Living End)
August 20th, 1974 (August 20 1974)EventCongress votes to reduce aid to South Vietnam from $1 Billion to $700 Million. Majority of the cuts were for military supplies.
August 20th, 1974 (August 20 1974)BirthAmy Adams, American actress
August 20th, 1974 (August 20 1974)BirthBig Moe, American rapper (died in 2007)
August 20th, 1974 (August 20 1974)BirthMaxim Vengerov, Russian violinist
August 20th, 1974 (August 20 1974)BirthSzabolcs Safar, Hungarian footballer
August 20th, 1973 (August 20 1973)BirthTodd Helton, baseball player
August 20th, 1971 (August 20 1971)BirthBrad Avery, American musician (guitarist for Third Day)
August 20th, 1971 (August 20 1971)BirthJonathan Ke Quan, Vietnamese American actor
August 20th, 1971 (August 20 1971)BirthSteve Stone, English footballer
August 20th, 1971 (August 20 1971)BirthDavid Walliams, British comedian
August 20th, 1971 (August 20 1971)DeathRashid Minhas, Pakistani Air Force pilot (born in 1951)
August 20th, 1970 (August 20 1970)BirthEls Callens, Belgian tennis player
August 20th, 1970 (August 20 1970)BirthJohn D. Carmack, American computer game programmer
August 20th, 1970 (August 20 1970)BirthFred Durst, American singer (Limp Bizkit)
August 20th, 1969 (August 20 1969)EventAll four Beatles were together in the recording studio for the final time as they finished the Abbey Road LP.
August 20th, 1969 (August 20 1969)BirthDuke Droese, American professional wrestler
August 20th, 1968 (August 20 1968)Event200,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 5,000 tanks invade Czechoslovakia to end the "Prague Spring" of political liberalization.
August 20th, 1968 (August 20 1968)BirthKlas Ingesson, Swedish footballer
August 20th, 1968 (August 20 1968)BirthYuri Shiratori, Japanese voice actress and singer
August 20th, 1967 (August 20 1967)BirthAndy Benes, baseball player
August 20th, 1967 (August 20 1967)BirthColin Cunningham, American actor
August 20th, 1967 (August 20 1967)BirthTerri Poch, American yogini and former professional wrestler
August 20th, 1966 (August 20 1966)BirthDimebag Darrell, American guitarist (Pantera and Damageplan) (died in 2004)
August 20th, 1965 (August 20 1965)BirthKRS-One, American rapper
August 20th, 1965 (August 20 1965)DeathJonathan Myrick Daniels, Civil Rights Martyr (born in 1939)
August 20th, 1962 (August 20 1962)BirthSophie Aldred, English actress
August 20th, 1962 (August 20 1962)BirthJames Marsters, American actor
August 20th, 1962 (August 20 1962)BirthDong-Wook Song, South Korean tennis player
August 20th, 1961 (August 20 1961)BirthGreg Egan, Australian author
August 20th, 1961 (August 20 1961)BirthJoe Pasquale, English comedian
August 20th, 1961 (August 20 1961)DeathPercy Williams Bridgman, American physicist, Nobel laureate (born in 1882)
August 20th, 1960 (August 20 1960)EventSenegal breaks from the Mali federation, declaring independence.
August 20th, 1959 (August 20 1959)DeathWilliam Halsey, Jr, American admiral (born in 1882)
August 20th, 1957 (August 20 1957)BirthFinlay Calder, Scottish rugby player
August 20th, 1956 (August 20 1956)BirthJoan Allen, American actress
August 20th, 1955 (August 20 1955)EventIn Morocco, a force of Berbers from the Atlas Mountains region of Algeria raid two rural settlements and kill 77 French nationals.
August 20th, 1955 (August 20 1955)BirthAgnes Chan, Hong Kong singer and writer
August 20th, 1954 (August 20 1954)BirthTawn Mastrey, American disc jockey (died in 2007)
August 20th, 1954 (August 20 1954)BirthAl Roker, American television personality
August 20th, 1954 (August 20 1954)BirthDon Stark, American actor
August 20th, 1953 (August 20 1953)EventThe Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested a hydrogen bomb.
August 20th, 1952 (August 20 1952)BirthJohn Hiatt, American musician
August 20th, 1952 (August 20 1952)BirthDoug Fieger, American musician (The Knack)
August 20th, 1952 (August 20 1952)BirthJohn Emburey, English cricketer
August 20th, 1951 (August 20 1951)BirthGreg Bear, American author
August 20th, 1949 (August 20 1949)BirthPhil Lynott, Irish musician (died in 1986)
August 20th, 1949 (August 20 1949)BirthNikolas Asimos, Greek composer and singer (died in 1988)
August 20th, 1949 (August 20 1949)BirthNorman Featherstone, South African cricketer
August 20th, 1949 (August 20 1949)BirthAlan Hardwick, English TV presenter
August 20th, 1948 (August 20 1948)BirthRobert Plant,British Musician (Led Zeppelin)
August 20th, 1948 (August 20 1948)BirthJohn Noble, Australian actor
August 20th, 1947 (August 20 1947)BirthAlan Lee, English conceptual artist
August 20th, 1946 (August 20 1946)BirthConnie Chung, American journalist
August 20th, 1946 (August 20 1946)BirthRalf Hutter, German musician (Kraftwerk)
August 20th, 1946 (August 20 1946)BirthN.R. Narayana Murthy, Indian businessman
August 20th, 1944 (August 20 1944)EventWorld War II: The Battle of Romania begins with a major Soviet offensive.
August 20th, 1944 (August 20 1944)BirthRajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of India (died in 1991)
August 20th, 1943 (August 20 1943)BirthSylvester McCoy, Scottish actor
August 20th, 1942 (August 20 1942)BirthIsaac Hayes, American singer, songwriter, and actor
August 20th, 1942 (August 20 1942)BirthFred Norman, American baseball player
August 20th, 1941 (August 20 1941)BirthSlobodan Milosevic, President of Serbia and of Yugoslavia (died in 2006)
August 20th, 1941 (August 20 1941)BirthRich Brooks, American football coach
August 20th, 1941 (August 20 1941)BirthRobin Oakley, British journalist
August 20th, 1941 (August 20 1941)BirthJo Ramirez, Mexican motor racing team manager and author
August 20th, 1940 (August 20 1940)EventExiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded in Mexico City by an assassin s ice axe. He dies the next day.Leon Trotsky Quotes
August 20th, 1940 (August 20 1940)BirthRuben Hinojosa, American politician
August 20th, 1939 (August 20 1939)BirthFernando Poe Jr., Filipino actor and politician (died in 2004)
August 20th, 1938 (August 20 1938)EventLou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slama record that still stands.
August 20th, 1938 (August 20 1938)BirthAlain Vivien, French politician
August 20th, 1937 (August 20 1937)BirthAndrei Konchalovsky, Russian film director
August 20th, 1937 (August 20 1937)BirthEl Fary, Spanish singer and actor (died in 2007)
August 20th, 1937 (August 20 1937)BirthJim Bowen, English comedian
August 20th, 1936 (August 20 1936)BirthHideki Shirakawa, Japanese chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
August 20th, 1934 (August 20 1934)BirthArmi Kuusela, Finnish beauty queen
August 20th, 1933 (August 20 1933)BirthGeorge J. Mitchell, former United States Senator
August 20th, 1932 (August 20 1932)BirthAnthony Ainley, British actor (died in 2004)
August 20th, 1932 (August 20 1932)BirthVasily Aksyonov, Russian novelist
August 20th, 1931 (August 20 1931)BirthDon King, American Boxing Promoter
August 20th, 1930 (August 20 1930)BirthMario Bernardi, Canadian conductor
August 20th, 1930 (August 20 1930)DeathCharles Bannerman, Australian cricketer (born in 1851)
August 20th, 1927 (August 20 1927)BirthGeriatric1927, English video blogger
August 20th, 1927 (August 20 1927)BirthYootha Joyce, English actress (died in 1980)
August 20th, 1926 (August 20 1926)EventJapan s public broadcasting company, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) is established.
August 20th, 1926 (August 20 1926)BirthNobby Wirkowski, American and Canadian football player and coach
August 20th, 1923 (August 20 1923)BirthJim Reeves, American singer (died in 1964)
August 20th, 1920 (August 20 1920)EventThe first commercial radio station, 8MK (WWJ), begins operations in Detroit, Michigan.
August 20th, 1918 (August 20 1918)BirthJacqueline Susann, American novelist (died in 1974)
August 20th, 1917 (August 20 1917)DeathAdolf von Baeyer, German chemist, Nobel laureate (born in 1835)
August 20th, 1916 (August 20 1916)BirthPaul Felix Schmidt, Estonian-German chess player (died in 1984)Paul Schmidt Quotes
August 20th, 1915 (August 20 1915)DeathPaul Ehrlich, German scientist, Nobel laureate (born in 1854)
August 20th, 1914 (August 20 1914)EventWorld War I: German forces occupy Brussels.
August 20th, 1914 (August 20 1914)DeathPope Pius X (born in 1835)
August 20th, 1913 (August 20 1913)BirthRoger Wolcott Sperry, American neurobiologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (died in 1994)
August 20th, 1912 (August 20 1912)DeathWilliam Booth, English founder of the Salvation Army (born in 1829)William Booth Quotes
August 20th, 1910 (August 20 1910)BirthEero Saarinen, Finnish architect (died in 1961)
August 20th, 1908 (August 20 1908)BirthAl Lopez, American baseball player and manager (died in 2005)
August 20th, 1905 (August 20 1905)BirthJean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet (died in 1973)
August 20th, 1905 (August 20 1905)BirthJack Teagarden, American musician (died in 1964)
August 20th, 1904 (August 20 1904)DeathRene Waldeck-Rousseau, French statesman (born in 1846)
August 20th, 1901 (August 20 1901)BirthSalvatore Quasimodo, Italian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (died in 1968)
August 20th, 1900 (August 20 1900)EventJapan s primary school law is amended to provide for four years of mandatory schooling. Ovid Quotes
August 20th, 1898 (August 20 1898)BirthVilhelm Moberg, Swedish author and historian (died in 1973)
August 20th, 1897 (August 20 1897)BirthTarjei Vesaas, Norwegian writer (died in 1970)
August 20th, 1890 (August 20 1890)BirthH. P. Lovecraft, American writer (died in 1937)H. P. Lovecraft Quotes
August 20th, 1888 (August 20 1888)EventMutineers imprison Emin Pasha at Dufile.
August 20th, 1887 (August 20 1887)DeathJules Laforgue, French poet (born in 1860)
August 20th, 1886 (August 20 1886)BirthPaul Tillich, German-American theologian (died in 1965)
August 20th, 1882 (August 20 1882)EventPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky s 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow.
August 20th, 1881 (August 20 1881)BirthEdgar Guest, English poet (died in 1959)
August 20th, 1873 (August 20 1873)BirthGottlieb Eliel Saarinen, Finnish architect (died in 1950)
August 20th, 1868 (August 20 1868)BirthEllen Roosevelt, American tennis player (died in 1954)
August 20th, 1866 (August 20 1866)EventPresident Andrew Johnson formally declared the U.S. Civil War over.Andrew Johnson Quotes
August 20th, 1860 (August 20 1860)BirthRaymond Poincare, French statesman (died in 1934)
August 20th, 1856 (August 20 1856)BirthJakub Bart-Cisinski, Sorbian writer (died in 1909)
August 20th, 1847 (August 20 1847)BirthBoleslaw Prus, Polish writer (died in 1912)
August 20th, 1845 (August 20 1845)BirthSt. Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic Saint (died in 1916)
August 20th, 1833 (August 20 1833)BirthBenjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States (died in 1901)
August 20th, 1825 (August 20 1825)DeathWilliam Waldegrave, 1st Baron Radstock, Governor of Newfoundland (born in 1753)
August 20th, 1823 (August 20 1823)DeathPope Pius VII (born in 1740)
August 20th, 1811 (August 20 1811)DeathLouis Antoine de Bougainville, French explorer (born in 1729)
August 20th, 1804 (August 20 1804)EventLewis and Clark Expedition: The "Corps of Discovery", exploring the Louisiana Purchase, suffers its only death when Sergeant Charles Floyd dies, apparently from acute appendicitis.
August 20th, 1794 (August 20 1794)EventBattle of Fallen TimbersAmerican troops force a confederacy of Shawnee, Mingo, Delaware, Wyandot, Miami, Ottawa, Chippewa, and Potawatomi warriors into a disorganized retreat.Tom Ze Quotes
August 20th, 1779 (August 20 1779)BirthJons Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist (died in 1848)
August 20th, 1776 (August 20 1776)BirthBernardo O Higgins, South American revolutionary (died in 1842)
August 20th, 1773 (August 20 1773)DeathEnrique Florez, Spanish historian (born in 1701)
August 20th, 1719 (August 20 1719)BirthChristian Mayer, Czech astronomer (died in 1783)
August 20th, 1719 (August 20 1719)BirthCharles-Francois de Broglie, marquis de Ruffec, French soldier and diplomat (died in 1791)
August 20th, 1710 (August 20 1710)BirthThomas Simpson, British mathematician (died in 1761)
August 20th, 1707 (August 20 1707)DeathNicolas Gigault, French organist and composer (born in 1627)
August 20th, 1701 (August 20 1701)DeathCharles Sedley, English playwright (born in 1639)
August 20th, 1680 (August 20 1680)DeathWilliam Bedloe, English informer (born in 1650)
August 20th, 1672 (August 20 1672)EventFormer Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis were brutally murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.
August 20th, 1672 (August 20 1672)DeathJohan de Witt, Dutch politician (born in 1625)
August 20th, 1672 (August 20 1672)DeathCornelis de Witt, Dutch politician (born in 1623)
August 20th, 1648 (August 20 1648)DeathEdward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, English diplomat, poet, and philosopher (born in 1583) Philo Quotes
August 20th, 1643 (August 20 1643)DeathAnne Hutchinson, English Puritan preacher (born in 1591)
August 20th, 1639 (August 20 1639)DeathMartin Opitz von Boberfeld, German poet (born in 1597)
August 20th, 1632 (August 20 1632)BirthLouis Bourdaloue, French Jesuit preacher (died in 1704)
August 20th, 1625 (August 20 1625)BirthThomas Corneille, French dramatist (died in 1709)
August 20th, 1611 (August 20 1611)DeathTomas Luis de Victoria, Spanish composer (born in 1548)
August 20th, 1580 (August 20 1580)DeathJeronymo Osorio, Portuguese historian (born in 1506)
August 20th, 1572 (August 20 1572)DeathMiguel Lopez de Legazpi, Spanish conquistador (born in 1502)
August 20th, 1561 (August 20 1561)BirthJacopo Peri, Italian composer (died in 1633)
August 20th, 1517 (August 20 1517)BirthAntoine Perrenot de Granvelle, French church leader (died in 1586)
August 20th, 1391 (August 20 1391)EventKonrad von Wallenrode becomes the 24th Hochmeister of the Teutonic Order.
August 20th, 1384 (August 20 1384)DeathGeert Groote, Dutch founder of the Brethren of the Common Life (born in 1340)
August 20th, 1000 (August 20 1000)EventThe foundation of the Hungarian state, Hungary is established as a Christian kingdom by Stephen I of Hungary.Stephen King Quotes
August 20th, 0984 (August 20 0984)DeathPope John XIV
August 20th, 0917 (August 20 0917)EventBattle of Anchialus: Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria invades Thrace and drives the Byzantines out.
August 20th, 0636 (August 20 0636)EventBattle of Yarmouk: Arab forces led by Khalid ibn al-Walid take control of Syria and Palestine away from the Byzantine Empire, marking the first great wave of Muslim conquests and the rapid advance of Islam outside Arabia.
August 20th, 0535 (August 20 0535)DeathMochta of Louth, disciple of St. Patrick

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