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Friday August 20, 2021

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.

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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)

  • 636
    Battle 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.
  • 1672
    Former Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis are brutally murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.
  • 1775
    The Spanish establish the Presidio San Augustin del Tucson in the town that became Tucson, Arizona.
  • 1794
    Battle of Fallen Timbers – American troops force a confederacy of Shawnee, Mingo, Delaware, Wyandot, Miami, Ottawa, Chippewa, and Potawatomi warriors into a disorganized retreat.
  • 1944
    World War II: the Battle of Romania begins with a major Soviet offensive.
  • 1955
    In Morocco, a force of Berbers from the Atlas Mountains region of Algeria raid two rural settlements and kill 77 French nationals.
  • 1977
    Voyager Program: NASA launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft.
  • 1988
    Iran–Iraq War: a cease-fire is agreed after almost eight years of war.
  • 1993
    After rounds of secret negotiations in Norway, the Oslo Peace Accords are signed, followed by a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. the following month.
  • 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?

  • 1905
    Jack Teagarden, American musician (d. 1964)
  • 1918
    Jacqueline Susann, American novelist (d. 1974)
  • 1937
    Andrei Konchalovsky, Russian film director
  • 1942
    Fred Norman, American baseball player
  • 1949
    Alan Hardwick, English TV presenter
  • 1962
    Sophie Aldred, English actress
  • 1967
    Andy Benes, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Wayne Brown, English footballer
  • 1980
    Samuel Dumoulin, French cyclist
  • 1983
    Yuri Zhirkov, Russian footballer

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