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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.

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

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 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.
Source NASA
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.

Source CNN
1993

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

Source AP News
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.

Source Skytamer
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.

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