This was 233rd day of the year and 133 days remained in the year.

August 20 Birthdays

Oliver Hazard Perry
1785–1819, American naval officer, born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island; brother of Matthew Calbraith Perry.

Benjamin Harrison
23rd U.S. President (1833)

Eero Saarinen
architect (1910)

George J. Mitchell
public official (1933)

Connie Chung
TV news reporter (1946)

August 20 in History


As part of his Great Society policies, Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act which, among other things, established the Head Start program.


The Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations invaded Czechoslovakia.


The space probe Voyager 2 was launched. It continues to explore to this day, and is now more than 7 billion miles from Earth.


Italian Reinhold Messner made the first successful solo ascent of Mount Everest and without oxygen.


U.S. cruise missiles hit suspected terrorist bases in Afghanistan and the Sudan.


Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship becoming the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in one year.

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