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August 20 is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 133 days remaining until the end of the year.

Events

Up to 1900

1901 – 2000

From 2001

  • 2002 – A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein take over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering.
  • 2004Talk show host Regis Philbin breaks the record for Most Hours on Camera, with 15,188.
  • 2008 – A Spanair plane, due to travel from Madrid to Gran Canaria, skids off the runway and crashes at Madrid Barajas Airport, killing 146 people, with 8 dying later. 18 survive.
  • 2009 – Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only person to have been convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, who is suffering from prostate cancer, is released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds, returning to his native Libya. He dies on May 20, 2012.
  • 2014 – A series of landslides in Hiroshima Prefecture kills 72 people, after a month's worth of rain fell in one day.

Births

Up to 1900

1901 – 1950

1951 – 1975

From 1976

Deaths

Up to 1900

  • 2 – Lucius Caesar, heir of Augustus Caesar (b. 17 BC)
  • 14 – Agrippa Postumus, Roman son of Marcus Vespasianus Agrippa and Julia the Elder (b. 12 BC)
  • 480 – Leonidas I of Sparta
  • 768 – Eadberht of Northumbria
  • 984Pope John XIV
  • 1153Bernard of Clairvaux, French theologian (b. 1090)
  • 1384 – Geert Groote, Dutch founder of the Brethren of the Common Life (b. 1340)
  • 1572 – Miguel López de Legazpi, Spanish conquistador (b.1502)
  • 1580 – Jeronymo Osorio, Portuguese historian (b. 1506)
  • 1611 – Tomás Luis de Victoria, Spanish composer (b. in the 1500s)
  • 1639 – Martin Opitz von Boberfeld, German poet (b. 1597)
  • 1643Anne Hutchinson, English Puritan preacher (b. 1591)
  • 1648 – Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, English diplomat, poet, and philosopher (b. 1583)
  • 1672 – Johan de Witt, Dutch politician (b. 1625)
  • 1672 – Cornelius de Witt, Dutch politician (b. 1623)
  • 1680 – William Bedloe, English informer (b. 1650)
  • 1701 – Charles Sedley, English playwright (b. in the 1600s)
  • 1707 – Nicolas Gigault, French organist and composer (b. 1627)
  • 1773 – Enrique Florez, Spanish historian (b. 1701)
  • 1823Pope Pius VII (b. 1740)
  • 1823 – Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus, German publisher (b. 1772)
  • 1854 – Shiranui Dakuemon, Japanese sumo wrestler (b. 1801)
  • 1854 – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, German philosopher (b. 1775)
  • 1887 – Jules Laforgue, French poet (b. 1860)

1901 – 2000

From 2001

Observances


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