August 20: Day of the Week
August 20, 2019 was the 232nd day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 133 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is martes.
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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)
- 20Agrippa Postumus, adoptive-son of the late Roman Emperor Augustus, is executed by his guards while in exile under mysterious circumstances
- 1000The foundation of the Hungarian state by Saint Stephen. Today celebrated as a National Day in Hungary.
- 1672Former Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis are brutally murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.
- 1710War of the Spanish Succession: a multinational army led by the Austrian commander Guido Starhemberg defeats the Spanish-Bourbon army commanded by the Marquis de Bay in the Battle of Saragossa.
- 1866President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil War over.
- 1938Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam – a record that still stands.
- 1960Senegal breaks from the Mali Federation, declaring its independence.
- 1975Viking Program: NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars.
- 1988Iran–Iraq War: a cease-fire is agreed after almost eight years of war.
- 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?
- 1778Bernardo O'Higgins, South American revolutionary (d. 1842)
- 1898Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish author and historian (d. 1973)
- 1932Vasily Aksyonov, Russian novelist (d. 2009)
- 1934Armi Kuusela, Finnish beauty queen
- 1944Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of India (d. 1991)
- 1948John Noble, Australian actor
- 1954Don Stark, American actor
- 1971Jonathan Ke Quan, Vietnamese/American actor
- 1973Todd Helton, American baseball player
- 1977Manuel Contepomi, Argentine rugby player
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