20 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Mohammed, AD 570
  • Benjamin Harrison, 1833
  • H. P. Lovecraft, 1890
  • Jack Teagarden, 1905
  • Eero Saarinen, 1910
  • Jacqueline Susann, 1921
  • Don King, 1931
  • Slobodan Milosevic, 1941
  • Isaac Hayes, 1942
  • Rajiv Gandhi, 1944
  • Connie Chung, 1946
  • Robert Plant, 1948

Died On This Day:

  • Pope Pius VII, 1823
  • William Booth, 1912
  • Saint/Pope Pius X, 1914
  • Jean-Paul Aron, 1988
  • George Adamson murdered, 1989
  • Sir Fred Hoyle, 2001
  • Leona Helmsley, 2007
  • Phyllis Diller, 2012
  • Elmore Leonard, 2013
  • Jerry Lewis, 2017

Today's Events:

  • 1667 - John Milton's Paradise Lost entered in the Stationerys' Register by printer Samuel Simmons.
  • 1741 - Vitas Jonas Bering discovers Alaska.
  • 1882 - Premiere of Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture' in Moscow commemorating the 70th anniversary of Russia's crushing Napoleon in 1812.
  • 1885 - American premiere of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'The Mikado.'
  • 1897 - Mosquitos spread malaria, discovers Sir Ronald Ross in Hydrabad.
  • 1908 - King Leopold II hands over Congo to Belgium.
  • 1911 - First cable message beamed around the world by telegraph at 7:00 p.m. from NY Times Bldg.
  • 1913 - First stainless steel cast in Sheffield, England.
  • 1913 - First aviator 'loops the loop' at Kiev, Russia.
  • 1940 - Mexican Stalinist agent, Roman Mercador, stabs Trotsky with icepick at Cocayan, Mexico City; Trotsky dies next day..
  • 1940 - Churchill's speech 'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.'
  • 1956 - First nuclear power generated in UK at Calder Hall power station, Sellafield, Cumbria. closed 3/31/03
  • 1965 - Rolling Stones first US number one hit, ' (I don't get no) Satisfaction' released.
  • 1968 - Russia invades Czechoslovakia shortly before midnight to crush the "Prague Spring" liberalization drive.
  • 1977 - Voyager launched to explore the planets; copper phonograph record with greetings & graphics aboard.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Bernard of Clairvaux
  • Oswin
  • Amadour
  • Philibert

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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