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Tuesday August 20, 2019

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 French then this day of the week in French is mardi.

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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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)

  • 917
    Battle of Acheloos: Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria decisively defeats a Byzantine army.
  • 1882
    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow.
  • 1920
    The first commercial radio station, 8MK (now WWJ), begins operations in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1940
    British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes the fourth of his famous wartime speeches, containing the line “Never was so much owed by so many to so few”.
  • 1940
    In Mexico City exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded with an ice axe by Ramon Mercader. He dies the next day.
  • 1944
    World War II: 168 captured allied airmen, including Phil Lamason, accused by the Gestapo of being “terror fliers”, arrive at Buchenwald concentration camp.
  • 1977
    Voyager Program: NASA launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft.
  • 1989
    The O-Bahn in Adelaide, the world’s longest guided busway, opens.
  • 1991
    Dissolution of the Soviet Union, August Coup: more than 100,000 people rally outside the Soviet Union’s parliament building protesting the coup aiming to depose President Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • 2008
    Spanair 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?

  • 1856
    Jakub Bart-Ćišinski, Sorbian writer (d. 1909)
  • 1926
    Nobby Wirkowski, American and Canadian football player and coach
  • 1929
    Kevin Heffernan, Gaelic footballer
  • 1937
    Andrei Konchalovsky, Russian film director
  • 1937
    Stelvio Cipriani, Italian composer
  • 1966
    Dimebag Darrell, American guitarist (Pantera and Damageplan) (d. 2004)
  • 1973
    Todd Helton, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Felipe Contepomi, Argentine rugby player
  • 1977
    Manuel Contepomi, Argentine rugby player
  • 1986
    Robert Clark, Canadian actor

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