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August 20: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on August 20

August 20th observes International Day of Medical Transporters and Chocolate Pecan Pie Day.

We’ve reached the 232nd day of the year. There are 133 days left until the end of the year.

This day in history rocked the music world and the world in general. Find out all you need to know about the historical events that happened on this day, August 20.

Did you know that on this day in 2015, over 30 military students were injured in a mass pillow fight? This lead to a ban of the event in future years. The event at West Point left 24 students with concussions.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about August 20th in history!

What Events Happened On August 20 In History?

2019

NASA announced that they will be sending a ship to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, to look for extraterrestrial life.

OTD in 2019: NASA announced that they will be sending a ship to Jupiter's moon
The craft will be named Europa Clipper, which should be ready by 2023 with the launch set to be by 2025.
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2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that measles cases were at an all-time record high, with 41,000 in the first half of the year alone.

2016

A suicide bomber killed 57 people, while injuring 66 in Gaziantep, Turkey.

The terrorist had targeted a Kurdish wedding that took place on this day.
2015

More than 30 military students were injured in mass pillow fight leading to a ban of the event in future years.

2012

England was defeated by South Africa who became top of the world Test cricket rank.

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1993

Mother Teresa contracted malaria and spent one week in hospital in New Delhi, India.

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1991

Estonia claimed its independence from USSR.

OTD in 1991: Estonia claimed its independence from USSR.
Two days later, Iceland became the first country to formally recognize Estonia's independence.
1975

NASA launched the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars.

The Viking 1 was the first successful Mars lander in history.
1929

The “LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin” returned to Lakehurst, New Jersey, after being the first airship to circumference the earth in one journey.

The airship left the USA and headed in an eastward direction, taking 12 days to circumnavigate the globe. There were three planned stops for refueling, but other than that, it was a non-stop attempt at a circumnavigation.
1913

French pilot Adolphe Pegoud became the first person in Europe to jump from an aircraft using a parachute and land successfully.

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1896

The application first dial telephone patent was submitted by the Erickson Brothers.

OTD in 1896: The application first dial telephone patent was submitted by the Erickson Brothers.
The patent (Number 597,062) was granted on January 11, 1898.
1866

President Andrew Johnson declared that the American civil war was over.

August 20 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Those of you who were born on August 20th share the Leo zodiac sign.

Leo is the fifth zodiac sign ruled by the sun. The constellation for Leo represents the Nemean lion. In Greek mythology, the Nemean lion devastated the area of Nemea until Heracles eventually defeated the creature.

Peridot is the birthstone given to those who were born during August. The largest peridot stone discovered was found on Zagbargad Island, Egypt. It weighs an incredible 311.8 carats and is now located at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.

If you were born on August 20th, your estimated date of conception would be November 27th in the previous year.

Is today is your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Demi Lovato! Check out more famous people born on this day below.

Famous People Born On August 20

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato

American Singer
Birthday: August 20, 1992
Age: 29 years old
Born In: New Mexico, USA
Andrew Garfield

Andrew Garfield

English Actor
Birthday: August 20, 1983
Age: 38 years old
Born In: California, USA

Special Holidays On August 20th

If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!

August 20: International Day of Medical Transporters

International Day of Medical Transporters

August 20: National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

Did you know that on this day, August 20th 2015, over 30 military students were injured in a mass pillow fight?