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Calendar for August 20th, 2013

Full Sturgeon Moon

Some Native American tribes knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. Others called it the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon.


  • Born 1833: Benjamin Harrison (23rd U.S. president)

  • 1880s

  • Born 1881: Edgar Guest (poet)

  • 1882: The 1812 Overture debuted in Moscow

  • 1910s

  • 1912: The Plant Quarantine Act came into effect, placing restrictions on the entry of plants into the U.S.

  • Died 1914: Pope Pius X (religious leader)

  • 1914: German forces occupied Brussels

  • 1930s

  • Born 1931: Don King (boxing promoter)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1942: Isaac Hayes (singer)

  • Born 1946: Connie Chung (journalist)

  • Born 1948: Robert Plant (singer)

  • 1950s

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

  • Born 1956: Joan Allen (actress)

  • 1957: Project Manhigh II completed

  • 1960s

  • 1968: 563-lb. 8-oz. giant sea bass caught near Anacapa Island, California

  • 1970s

  • 1975: The unmanned U.S. planetary probe Viking 1 was launched on a journey to Mars. After nearly a year in space, it became the first vehicle to land on that planet

  • Born 1975: Amy Adams (actress)

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

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Somporn Saekow (founder of first Thailand monkey-training school)

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

  • Died 2006: Joe Rosenthal (photojournalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for the image of World War II servicemen raising an American flag over Iwo Jima. The photo became the model for the Marine Corps War Memorial)

  • Died 2007: Leona Helmsley (hotel magnate)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2012: Phyllis Diller (comedienne & actress)

  • Died 2013: Elmore Leonard (author)

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