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Calendar for August 20th, 2014

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

Born 1881: Edgar Guest (poet)

1882: The 1812 Overture debuted in Moscow

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

Born 1931: Don King (boxing promoter)

Born 1942: Isaac Hayes (singer)

Born 1946: Connie Chung (journalist)

Born 1948: Robert Plant (singer)

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

Born 1956: Joan Allen (actress)

1957: Project Manhigh II completed

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

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)

Died 2012: Phyllis Diller (comedienne & actress)

Died 2013: Elmore Leonard (author)

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