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Calendar for August 20th, 2014


  • 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

  • Born 1975: Amy Adams (actress)

  • 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

  • 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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