August 20 Events

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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, 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, 1997 (August 20 1997)EventSouhane massacre in Algeria; over 60 people killed, 15 kidnapped.
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, 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, 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, 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, 1982 (August 20 1982)EventLebanese Civil War: A multinational force lands in Beirut to oversee the PLO withdrawal from Lebanon.
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, 1977 (August 20 1977)EventVoyager Program: The United States launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft.
August 20th, 1975 (August 20 1975)EventViking Program: NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars.
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, 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, 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, 1960 (August 20 1960)EventSenegal breaks from the Mali federation, declaring independence.
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, 1953 (August 20 1953)EventThe Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested a hydrogen bomb.
August 20th, 1944 (August 20 1944)EventWorld War II: The Battle of Romania begins with a major Soviet offensive.
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, 1938 (August 20 1938)EventLou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slama record that still stands.
August 20th, 1926 (August 20 1926)EventJapan s public broadcasting company, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) is established.
August 20th, 1920 (August 20 1920)EventThe first commercial radio station, 8MK (WWJ), begins operations in Detroit, Michigan.
August 20th, 1914 (August 20 1914)EventWorld War I: German forces occupy Brussels.
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, 1888 (August 20 1888)EventMutineers imprison Emin Pasha at Dufile.
August 20th, 1882 (August 20 1882)EventPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky s 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow.
August 20th, 1866 (August 20 1866)EventPresident Andrew Johnson formally declared the U.S. Civil War over.Andrew Johnson Quotes
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, 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, 1391 (August 20 1391)EventKonrad von Wallenrode becomes the 24th Hochmeister of the Teutonic Order.
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, 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.

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