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Historical Events In August - 20

Friday, 18 September 2020

1975  Il-62 crashes south of Damascus, Syria, killing 126 on August - 20.  

1975  On this day in history viking 1 launched toward orbit around Mars, soft landing  

1976  On this day in history phyllis Konstam, actress (Murder, Skin Game), dies at 69  

1977  On this day in history nASA launches Voyager 2 towards Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune  

1978  Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London on this day in history.  

1978  Ivan Jirko, composer, dies at 51 on August - 20.  

1980  On this day in history reinhold Messner of Italy is first to solo ascent Mt Everest  

1980  On this day in history uN Security Council condemns (14-0, US abstains) Israeli declaration that all of Jersualem is its capital  

1980  On this day in history otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, dies at 91  

1982  Mexican Treasury Secretary Jesus Silva Herzog tells foreign bankers that Mexico cannot repay her $60 billion foreign debt, the first Third World country to default on August - 20.  

1982  On August - 20 ulla Jacobsson, Swedish actress (Zulu), dies of bone cancer at 53  

1983  Kerwin Duinmeijer, Antillean boy, murdered by racist at 15 on this day in history.  

1985  On August - 20 israel ships 96 TOWs to Iran on behalf of the US  

1985  On August - 20 harchand Singh Longowai, Sikh leader, shot by Sikh extremists  

1986  On this day in history mail carrier Patrick Sherrill, Edmond Ok, shot 14 fellow workers dead  

1986  On August - 20 donn Bennett, TV host (The Big Idea), dies at 76  

1987  On this day in history the Canadian federal government slaps a total ban on smoking in public service offices, starting Jan. 1, 1988. Smoking by government employees at all public service counters ends immediately, well maybe not quite??  

1988  In the Nepal-India border region a 6.6 quake killed 721, 6,553 injured and 64,470 buildings damaged in eastern Nepal on this day in history.  

1989  In Ethiopia a 6.3 earthquake killed 2, injured 2 and damage and rockslides caused in the Galafi-Yoboki area on August - 20.  

1990  George Steinbrenner steps down as NY Yankee owner on this day in history.  

1990  Iraq moves Western hostages to military installations (human shields) on August - 20.  

1990  On this day in history marc Turfkruijer, Flemish movie journalist/writer, dies  

1991  On this day in history betty Bowden, British dancer/actress (Vote for Nigel), dies at 86  

1992  Ivan Nikolayevich Anikeyev, cosmonaut, dies at 59 on this day in history.  

1993  On August - 20 bernard Delfgaauw, philosopher (Johnson murderer!), dies at 80  

1994  On this day in history aleksander Petrovic, film Director, dies at 65  

1995  Hugo Pratt, graphic artist, dies at 68 on this day in history.  

1996  On August - 20 george Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur, dies at 81  

1997  On this day in history hudson Bay Railway, owned by Omnitrax of Denver, Colorado, takes over operation of former CN lines to Flin Flon, Lyn Lake and Churchill.  

2011  On this day in history arab Spring and the Libyan civil war: In the Battle of Tripoli, Libyan rebels take control the nation's capital, effectively overthrowing the government of Muammar Gaddafi.  

2012  On August - 20 20 people are killed in a riot in Caracas, Venezuela  

2013  9 Islamist militants are killed by Russian police in North Caucasus on August - 20.  

2018  On August - 20 measles cases reach record high in Europe with 41,000 infected first six months of 2018 with 37 deaths according to WHO  

2018  On this day in history pope Francis releases letter to all Catholics condemning sexual abuse atrocities and clerical cover-ups "We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them"  

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Famous Birthdays In August - 20

Famous People Born On This Day In History

1517  On this day in history birth of antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, cardinal/viceroy of Naples (1571-75)  

1526  On this day in history birth of peter Opmeer, church historian/humanist (Historia Martyrum)  

1561  On this day in history birth of jacopo Peri, composer  

1625  Thomas Corneille, French playwright was born on this day in history.  

1632  On this day in history birth of louis Bourdaloue, French Jesuit preacher (d. 1704)  

1637  On this day in history birth of cornelis Van Aerssen, Dutch governor/co-owner of Surinam  

1665  On August - 20 birth of bernardus Smijtegelt, vicar (Gekrookte Reed)  

1666  Alphonse d' Eve, composer was born on this day in history.  


Famous Deaths In August - 20

Famous People Died On This Day In History

0535  Death of Mochta of Louth, disciple of St. Patrick on August - 20.  

0984  On August - 20 john XIV, [Petrus Canepanova], Italian Pope (983-84), dies  

1153  On this day in history bernard[us] van Clairvaux, French saint, dies  

1384  Geert Great, [Gerardus Magnus], theologist (Getijdenboek), dies on August - 20.  

1538  Death of Aefgen Listinck, Dutch anabaptist, burned at stake on this day in history.  

1572  On August - 20 death of miguel L√≥pez de Legazpi, Spanish conquistador (b. 1502)  

1580  Death of Jeronymo Osorio, Portuguese historian (b. 1506) on August - 20.  

1632  On August - 20 death of valentin de Boulogne, French painter, buried at 38  

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