Birthdays: August 20

Many readers ask The Old Farmer's Almanac what happened on their birthday--or the birthday of a loved one.. To help out, we've put together an everything-birthdays page! Find fun birthday facts, birthday history, folklore, and more!

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Weather History for August 20

1886: The town of Indianola, Texas, was completely destroyed by a hurricane and fire

Birthday Weather

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Birthday Lore for August 20

You are a leader both among your friends and in business. Your ideals are high and you should let them lead you, for they will take you far. You are jovial and vivacious, fond of out-of-doors sports and travel, and well liked by both sexes.

Who Else Shares This Birthday?

Born 1956: Joan Allen (actress)

Born 1946: Connie Chung (journalist)

Born 1954: Al Roker (co-anchor and TV weatherman)

On This Day in History

1978: Jellyfish invaded the beaches of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Long Island

1882: The 1812 Overture debuted in Moscow

2004: Talk show host Regis Philbin achieved the Guinness World Record for most hours on camera

Signs of the Zodiac

LEO (July 23-August 22)

The Lion. Ruling planet: Sun. Element: Fire. Quality: Dramatic. Ability: Natural leadership.You are the naturals of the zodiac. Unusually talented, you possess inherent abilities for which even you can’t account. Often dazzlingly charming, you light up a room with your presence, and all in attendance know where you are. Your broad smile and bright eyes make others feel warm and welcome.You always play to the audience. With dramatic effect, you tell your stories, pausing at the right places, occasionally gesturing for emphasis. You need to see a response. Some form of acknowledgment such as a pat on the back is as important to you as the air you breathe. You need to be noticed.


Birthday Cakes

To celebrate, see 5 recipes for easy, beautiful birthday cakes!