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What happened on August 20th in History

 

  • August 20, 0636 “Battle of Yarmuk: Arab forces led by Khalid bin 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.”
  • August 20, 0917 Battle of Anchialus: Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria invades Thrace and drives the Byzantines out.
  • August 20, 0917 The Bulgarian czar Symeon overruns Thrace in violation of a 913 agreement with Constantinople The Byzantines launch a counterattack but are routed August 20 at Anchialus Symeon gains control of the Balkans
  • August 20, 1000 “The foundation of the Hungarian state, Hungary is established as a Christian kingdom by Stephen I of Hungary.”
  • August 20, 1391 Konrad von Wallenrode becomes the 24th Hochmeister of the Teutonic Order.

  • August 20, 1583 Humphrey Gilbert c1537-1583 sails to Cape Race Newfoundland to fish for cod and explore mainland; sends two ships back to England.
  • August 20, 1620 “Hudson’s Bay Company employee Henry Kelsey sees buffalo on the Prairies, southwest of The Pas; the first white man to describe them.”
  • August 20, 1672 Former Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis were brutally murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.
  • August 20, 1781 George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis
  • August 20, 1794 “Battle of Fallen Timbers – American troops force a confederacy of Shawnee, Mingo, Delaware, Wyandot, Miami, Ottawa, Chippewa, and Potawatomi warriors into a disorganized retreat.”
  • August 20, 1794 “Gen Mad Anthony Wayne routes Indians at Fallen Timbers, Ohio”
  • August 20, 1852 “Steamer “”Atlantic”” collided with fishing boat, sinks with 250 aboard”
  • August 20, 1865 “Pres Johnson proclaims an end to “”insurrection”” in Tx”
  • August 20, 1866 Pres Andrew Johnson formally declares Civil War over
  • August 20, 1866 President Andrew Johnson formally declared the U.S. Civil War over.
  • August 20, 1882 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow.
  • August 20, 1882 The first CPR train reaches Regina Saskatchewan
  • August 20, 1888 Mutineers imprison Emin Pasha at Dufile.
  • August 20, 1896 Dial telephone patented
  • August 20, 1900 Japan’s primary school law is amended to provide for four years of mandatory schooling.
  • August 20, 1908 Congo Free State becomes the Belgian Congo 1912 Plant Quarantine Act goes into effect
  • August 20, 1913 First pilot to parachute from a French aircraft
  • August 20, 1914 “German forces occupy Brussels, Belgium during WW I”
  • August 20, 1914 World War I: German forces occupy Brussels.
  • August 20, 1918 Britain opens offensive on Western front during WW I
  • August 20, 1920 “First US coml radio, 8MK (WWJ), Detroit began daily broadcasting”
  • August 20, 1920 “The first commercial radio station, 8MK (WWJ), begins operations in Detroit, Michigan.”
  • August 20, 1925 Major Georges-P Vanier appointed CO of the 22e Régiment at Quebec.
  • August 20, 1926 “Japan’s public broadcasting company, Nippon Hs Kykai (NHK) is established.”
  • August 20, 1929 First airship flight around the Earth flying eastward completed
  • August 20, 1938 Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam – a record that still stands.
  • August 20, 1940 “British PM Churchill says of the Royal Air Force, “”Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”””
  • August 20, 1940 Exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded in Mexico City by an assassin’s ice axe. He dies the next day.
  • August 20, 1940 “Leon Trotsky, assassinated in Mexico City by Stalin agents, dies 8/21”
  • August 20, 1942 Dim-out regulations implemented in SF