August 20: Day of the Week
August 20, 2021 is the 232nd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 133 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Friday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.
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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)
- 636Battle of Yarmouk: Arab forces led by Khalid ibn al-Walid take control of Syria and Palestine away from the Byzantine Empire, marking the first great wave of Muslim conquests and the rapid advance of Islam outside Arabia.
- 1672Former Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis are brutally murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.
- 1775The Spanish establish the Presidio San Augustin del Tucson in the town that became Tucson, Arizona.
- 1794Battle of Fallen Timbers – American troops force a confederacy of Shawnee, Mingo, Delaware, Wyandot, Miami, Ottawa, Chippewa, and Potawatomi warriors into a disorganized retreat.
- 1944World War II: the Battle of Romania begins with a major Soviet offensive.
- 1955In Morocco, a force of Berbers from the Atlas Mountains region of Algeria raid two rural settlements and kill 77 French nationals.
- 1977Voyager Program: NASA launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft.
- 1988Iran–Iraq War: a cease-fire is agreed after almost eight years of war.
- 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.
- 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?
- 1905Jack Teagarden, American musician (d. 1964)
- 1918Jacqueline Susann, American novelist (d. 1974)
- 1937Andrei Konchalovsky, Russian film director
- 1942Fred Norman, American baseball player
- 1949Alan Hardwick, English TV presenter
- 1962Sophie Aldred, English actress
- 1967Andy Benes, American baseball player
- 1977Wayne Brown, English footballer
- 1980Samuel Dumoulin, French cyclist
- 1983Yuri Zhirkov, Russian footballer
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