About August 20

August 20, 2021 is the 232nd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 133 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Leo is the sun 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.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 165 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 20

  • 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.
  • 1083
    Canonization of the first King of Hungary, Saint Stephen and his son Saint Emeric.
  • 1308
    Pope Clement V pardons Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, absolving him of charges of heresy.
  • 1391
    Konrad von Wallenrode becomes the 24th Hochmeister of the Teutonic Order.
  • 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.
  • 1858
    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.
  • 1882
    Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow.
  • 1910
    The Great Fire of 1910 (also commonly referred to as the Big Blowup or the Big Burn) occurred in northeast Washington, northern Idaho (the panhandle), and western Montana, burning approximately 3 e6acre.
  • 1914
    World War I: German forces occupy Brussels.
  • 1920
    The first commercial radio station, 8MK (now WWJ), begins operations in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1938
    Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam – a record that still stands.
  • 1944
    World War II: the Battle of Romania begins with a major Soviet offensive.
  • 1960
    Senegal breaks from the Mali Federation, declaring its independence.
  • 1975
    Viking Program: NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars.
  • 1988
    The 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).
  • 1989
    The O-Bahn in Adelaide, the world’s longest guided busway, opens.
  • 1989
    The pleasure boat Marchioness sinks on the River Thames following a collision, 51 people are killed.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government’s approval.

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