On This Day..... August 20

AUGUST 20TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL RADIO DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • BENJAMIN HARRISON (1833-1901)
  • DON KING (1931, 87)
  • RON PAUL (1935, 83)
  • SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC (1941-2006)
  • ISAAC HAYES (1942-2008)
  • CONNIE CHUNG (1946, 72)
  • ROBERT PLANT (1948, 70)
  • AL ROKER (1954, 64)
  • JOAN ALLEN (1956, 62)
  • DAVID O. RUSSELL (1958, 60)
  • SALLY YATES (1960, 58)
  • FRED DURST (1970, 48)
  • AMY ADAMS (1974, 44)
  • ANDREW GARFIELD (1983, 35)
  • DEMI LOVATO (1992, 26)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 480 BC, KING LEONIDAS OF SPARTA DEFEATS THE PERSIAN ARMY IN THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE, MEMORIALIZED IN THE MOVIE “300”
  • IN 1000, STEPHEN I ESTABLISHES THE CHRISTIAN KINGDOM OF HUNGARY
  • IN 1191, RICHARD I KILLS 3,000 MUSLIM PRISONERS IN THE CRUSADES
  • IN 1672, JOHAN DE WITT, THE PRIME MINISTER OF HOLLAND AND HIS BROTHER ARE LYNCHED BY AN ANGRY MOB WHO THEN ROASTED AND ATE VARIOUS PARTS OF THEIR BODIES
  • IN 1844, PRESIDENT JOHN TYLER IS THE FIRST SITTING PRESIDENT TO NOT RUN FOR A SECOND TERM WHEN HE WITHDRAWS FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE
  • IN 1865, PRESIDENT JOHNSON ANNOUNCES THAT THE “INSURRECTION” OF TEXAS HAS ENDED AND THAT THE CIVIL WAR IS OFFICIALLY OVER
  • IN 1882, PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY PREMIERES “THE 1812 OVERTURE” IN MOSCOW
  • IN 1896, THE TELEPHONE DIAL IS PATENTED
  • IN 1920, THE FIRST COMMERCIAL RADIO STATION 8MK (LATER WWJ) BEGINS BROADCASTING IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN
  • IN 1920, REPRESENTATIVES OF FIVE TEAMS MEET IN AKRON, OHIO AND FORM THE AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE. IT WOULD BE RENAMED THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE THE FOLLOWING YEAR
  • IN 1922, THE FIRST EVER WOMENS’ ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE HELD IN PARIS
  • IN 1939, 21 YEAR OLD JOAN FONTAINE MARRIES 37 YEAR OLD ACTOR BRIAN AHERNE
  • IN 1953, THE CIA BACKS A COUP IN IRAN IN WHICH GENERAL ZAHEDI ARRESTS PRIME MINISTER MOHAMMAD MOSADDEGH
  • IN 1958, DALE LONG OF THE CHICAGO CUBS MOVES FROM 1ST BASE TO CATCHER AND BECOMES THE FIRST LEFT HANDED MAJOR LEAGUE CATCHER SINCE 1906
  • IN 1960, TWO DOGS, TWO RATS AND 40 MICE ARE THE FIRST LIVING THINGS IN SPACE WHEN LAUNCHED INSIDE RUSSIAN ROCKET SPUTNIK 5
  • IN 1961, EAST GERMANY BEGINS REPLACING THE BARBED WIRE FENCE ALONG THE WEST GERMAN BORDER WITH A FIVE FOOT HIGH WALL
  • IN 1964, PRESIDENT JOHNSON SIGNS THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY ACT
  • IN 1965, THE ROLLING STONES RELEASE THEIR FINAL #1 HIT “(I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION”
  • IN 1968, 200,000 SOVIET TROOPS INVADE CZECHOSLOVAKIA IN RESPONSE TO THE “PRAGUE SPRING”
  • IN 1974, GERALD FORD SELECTS NELSON ROCKEFELLER AS U.S. VICE PRESIDENT
  • IN 1980, THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL VOTES 14-0 TO CONDEMN ISRAEL’S DECLARATION THAT ALL OF JERUSALEM IS ITS CAPITAL. THE UNITED STATES ABSTAINS
  • IN 1988, STEVE WINWOOD HITS #1 WITH “ROLL WITH IT”
  • IN 1989, TWINS ERIK AND LYLE MENENDEZ MURDER THEIR WEALTHY PARENTS WITH A SHOTGUN. THEY’RE BOTH SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON
  • IN 1990, SADDAM HUSSEIN ORDERS IRAQ TO MOVE ALL WESTERN HOSTAGES TO MILITARY SITES TO USE AS HUMAN SHIELDS DURING BOMBINGS
  • IN 1992, STING MARRIES TRUDIE STYLER
  • IN 1992, A DOCTOR SUES SOUTHWEST BELL PHONE COMPANY AFTER HIS WIFE DIES. HE INSISTS THAT SHE COULD NOT REACH 911 BECAUSE LINES WERE JAMMED WHEN TICKETS WENT ON SALE FOR A GARTH BROOKS CONCERT
  • IN 1993, MOTHER TERESA IS HOSPITALIZED FOR MALARIA
  • IN 1993, THE OLSO PEACE ACCORDS ARE SIGNED IN NORWAY AFTER MONTHS OF SECRET NEGOTIATIONS
  • IN 1998, THE U.S. MILITARY LAUNCHES ATTACKS IN RESPONSE TO THE BOMBINGS OF AMERICAN EMBASSIES IN KENYA AND TANZANIA
  • IN 2000, JANET JACKSON HITS #1 WITH “DOESN’T REALLY MATTER” ON THE SINGLES CHART WHILE NELLY GOES TO #1 ON THE ALBUM CHART WITH “COUNTRY GRAMMAR”
  • IN 2007, LEONA HELMSLEY DIES AT 87
  • IN 2011, KIM KARDASHIAN MARRIES BASKETBALL PLAYER KRIS HUMPHRIES
  • IN 2012, WHITE HOUSE CRASHERS TAREQ AND MCHAELE SALAHI DIVORCE
  • IN 2012, PHYLLIS DILER DIES IN HER SLEEP AT 95
  • IN 2013, MORGAN SPURLOCK RELEASES THE CONCERT DOCUMENTARY “ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US” IN 3D
  • IN 2013, ELMORE LEONARD DIES OF A STROKE AT 87
  • IN 2017, JERRY LEWIS DIES AT 91

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