August 20: Day of the Week
August 20, 2020 is the 233rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 133 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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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.
- 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.
- 1882Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow.
- 1938Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam – a record that still stands.
- 1950Korean War: United Nations repel an offensive by North Korean divisions attempting to cross the Naktong River and assault the city of Taegu.
- 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.
- 1988The Troubles: Eight British Army soldiers are killed and 28 wounded when their bus is hit by a Provisional Irish Republican Army roadside bomb in Northern Ireland (see Ballygawley bus bombing).
- 1989The O-Bahn in Adelaide, the world’s longest guided busway, opens.
- 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.
Who were born on August 20?
- 1901Salvatore Quasimodo, Italian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1968)
- 1913Roger Wolcott Sperry, American neurobiologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1994)
- 1930Mario Bernardi, Canadian conductor
- 1949Phil Lynott, Irish musician (d. 1986)
- 1956Joan Allen, American actress
- 1961Joe Pasquale, English comedian
- 1974Amy Adams, American actress
- 1974Andy Strachan, Australian musician (The Living End)
- 1975Marcus Mastin, American author
- 1990Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Dutch swimmer
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