August 20 holidays in 2017

Holiday nameHoliday locationHoliday type
Hungary National Day
HungaryNational Holiday
Independence Restoration Day
EstoniaNational Holiday
Anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People
MoroccoNational Holiday
Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
Multiple CountriesUnofficial

Historical Events

  • 1775: Presidio San Augustin del Tucson is established by the Spanish. It would later become known as Tucson, Arizona.
  • 1794: American troops push back a confederacy of American Indian tribes during the Battle of Fallen Timbers.
  • 1852: After a collision, the steamboat known as the Atlantic sank on Lake Erie. At least 150 people were killed.
  • 1858: The theory of evolution through natural selection is published for the first time in the The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London by Charles Darwin.
  • 1866: The American Civil War is proclaimed to be officially over by then President Andrew Johnson.
  • 1882: The 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky debuts in Moscow, Russia.
  • 1910: The Great Fire of 1910 begins on this day. This fire, which was also known as the Big Burn, engulfed over 3 million acres across northeast Washington, western Montana and northern Idaho.
  • 1914: Germany invades Brussels in Belgium.
  • 1940: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivers his fourth of his now famous wartime speeches.
  • 1944: 168 captured allied airmen are taken to the Buchenwald concentration camp.
  • 1944: The Soviet Union launches a major offensive during the Battle of Romania.
  • 1975: Viking 1 probe is launched by NASA towards the planet of Mars.
  • 1977: The Voyager 2 spacecraft is launched by NASA.
  • 1998: It’s ruled by the Supreme Court of Canada that Quebec doesn’t have the authority to legally secede from Canada without the government’s approval.
  • 1998: The U.S launches cruise missile attacks at suspected al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical weapons plant in Sudan to retaliate for the August 7th bombings of American embassies.

Famous Birthdays

  • American actor and screenwriter Donn Swaby is born in 1973.
  • American actress Amy Adams is born in 1974.
  • American actor Misha Collins is born in 1974.
  • American baseball play Chris Schroder is born in 1978.
  • English tennis player Sarah Borwell is born in 1979.