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?
NASA announced that they will be sending a ship to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, to look for extraterrestrial life.
The craft will be named Europa Clipper, which should be ready by 2023 with the launch set to be by 2025.
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.
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.
More than 30 military students were injured in mass pillow fight leading to a ban of the event in future years.
England was defeated by South Africa who became top of the world Test cricket rank.
Mother Teresa contracted malaria and spent one week in hospital in New Delhi, India.
Estonia claimed its independence from USSR.
Two days later, Iceland became the first country to formally recognize Estonia's independence.
NASA launched the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars.
The Viking 1 was the first successful Mars lander in history.
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.
French pilot Adolphe Pegoud became the first person in Europe to jump from an aircraft using a parachute and land successfully.
The application first dial telephone patent was submitted by the Erickson Brothers.
The patent (Number 597,062) was granted on January 11, 1898.
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
Andrew Garfield English Actor
Birthday: August 20, 1983
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!
International Day of Medical Transporters
National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day