August 20: Day of the Week
August 20, 2022 is the 232nd day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 133 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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August 20 Historical Event(s)
- 917Battle of Acheloos: Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria decisively defeats a Byzantine army.
- 1000The foundation of the Hungarian state by Saint Stephen. Today celebrated as a National Day in Hungary.
- 1938Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam – a record that still stands.
- 1960Senegal breaks from the Mali Federation, declaring its independence.
- 1988Iran–Iraq War: a cease-fire is agreed after almost eight years of war.
- 1988Peru becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
- 1993After rounds of secret negotiations in Norway, the Oslo Peace Accords are signed, followed by a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. the following month.
- 1998U.S. embassy bombings: the United States launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
- 2002A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein take over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering.
- 2008Spanair Flight 5022, from Madrid to Gran Canaria, skids off the runway and crashes at Barajas Airport. 146 people are killed in the crash, and 8 more die later. Only 18 people survive.
Who were born on August 20?
- 1931Don King, American boxing promoter
- 1936Hideki Shirakawa, Japanese chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
- 1949Alan Hardwick, English TV presenter
- 1949Nikolas Asimos, Greek composer and singer (d. 1988)
- 1954Al Roker, American television personality
- 1961Joe Pasquale, English comedian
- 1977Manuel Contepomi, Argentine rugby player
- 1980Langhorne Slim, American country singer
- 1982Cléber Luis Alberti, Brazilian footballer
- 1982Youssouf Hersi, Ethiopian footballer
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