August 20, 2024 is the 233rd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 133 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kayōbi.
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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.
August 20 Historical Event(s)
Canonization of the first King of Hungary, Saint Stephen and his son Saint Emeric.
Pope Clement V pardons Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, absolving him of charges of heresy.
Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace’s same theory.
Japan’s public broadcasting company, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai (NHK) is established.
In Mexico City exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded with an ice axe by Ramon Mercader. He dies the next day.
World War II: 168 captured allied airmen, including Phil Lamason, accused by the Gestapo of being “terror fliers”, arrive at Buchenwald concentration camp.
In Edmond, Oklahoma, U.S. Postal employee Patrick Sherrill guns down 14 of his co-workers and then commits suicide.
“Black Saturday” of the Yellowstone fire in Yellowstone National Park
Iran–Iraq War: a cease-fire is agreed after almost eight years of war.
U.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.
Who were born on August 20?
Thomas Corneille, French dramatist (d. 1709)
Paul Tillich, German-American theologian (d. 1965)
Jack Teagarden, American musician (d. 1964)
George Zuverink, American baseball player
Don King, American boxing promoter
Armi Kuusela, Finnish beauty queen
N.R. Narayana Murthy, Indian businessman
Els Callens, Belgian tennis player
David Walliams, British comedian
Kristína Peláková, Slovak singer
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