Historical Events In August - 20
Saturday, 02 July 2022
1975 On August - 20 il-62 crashes south of Damascus, Syria, killing 126
1975 On August - 20 viking 1 launched toward orbit around Mars, soft landing
1976 On August - 20 phyllis Konstam, actress (Murder, Skin Game), dies at 69
1977 NASA launches Voyager 2 towards Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune on August - 20.
1978 On August - 20 gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London
1978 Ivan Jirko, composer, dies at 51 on this day in history.
1980 On August - 20 reinhold Messner of Italy is first to solo ascent Mt Everest
1980 UN Security Council condemns (14-0, US abstains) Israeli declaration that all of Jersualem is its capital on August - 20.
1980 Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, dies at 91 on this day in history.
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 this day in history.
1982 Ulla Jacobsson, Swedish actress (Zulu), dies of bone cancer at 53 on this day in history.
1983 Kerwin Duinmeijer, Antillean boy, murdered by racist at 15 on this day in history.
1985 Israel ships 96 TOWs to Iran on behalf of the US on August - 20.
1985 On August - 20 harchand Singh Longowai, Sikh leader, shot by Sikh extremists
1986 On August - 20 mail carrier Patrick Sherrill, Edmond Ok, shot 14 fellow workers dead
1986 Donn Bennett, TV host (The Big Idea), dies at 76 on this day in history.
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 On August - 20 in Ethiopia a 6.3 earthquake killed 2, injured 2 and damage and rockslides caused in the Galafi-Yoboki area
1990 George Steinbrenner steps down as NY Yankee owner on August - 20.
1990 On August - 20 iraq moves Western hostages to military installations (human shields)
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 this day in history bernard Delfgaauw, philosopher (Johnson murderer!), dies at 80
1994 Aleksander Petrovic, film Director, dies at 65 on this day in history.
1995 Hugo Pratt, graphic artist, dies at 68 on this day in history.
1996 George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur, dies at 81 on this day in history.
1997 On August - 20 hudson Bay Railway, owned by Omnitrax of Denver, Colorado, takes over operation of former CN lines to Flin Flon, Lyn Lake and Churchill.
2011 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 on August - 20.
2012 20 people are killed in a riot in Caracas, Venezuela on August - 20.
2013 9 Islamist militants are killed by Russian police in North Caucasus on this day in history.
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 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" on August - 20.