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Daily Calendar for Thursday, August 20, 2020


  • Benjamin Harrison (23rd U.S. president)
  • Edgar Guest (poet)
  • Don King (boxing promoter)
  • Isaac Hayes (singer)
  • Connie Chung (journalist)
  • Robert Plant (singer)
  • Al Roker (co-anchor and TV weatherman)
  • Joan Allen (actress)
  • Billy Gardell (actor)
  • Amy Adams (actress)


  • Pope Pius X (religious leader)
  • Sir Fred Hoyle (astronomer)
  • Somporn Saekow (founder of first Thailand monkey-training school)
  • 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)
  • Leona Helmsley (hotel magnate)
  • Phyllis Diller (comedienne & actress)
  • Elmore Leonard (author)
  • Jerry Lewis (comedian)


  • The 1812 Overture debuted in Moscow
  • Strowger firm applied for a patent for the first telephone rotary dial
  • The Plant Quarantine Act came into effect, placing restrictions on the entry of plants into the U.S.
  • German forces occupied Brussels
  • Project Manhigh II completed
  • 563-lb. 8-oz. giant sea bass caught near Anacapa Island, California
  • 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
  • Jellyfish invaded the beaches of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Long Island
  • Parade of 83 tow trucks set a world record in Wenatchee, Washington
  • Talk show host Regis Philbin achieved the Guinness World Record for most hours on camera


  • Salt crystals fell from the sky over Switzerland
  • The town of Indianola, Texas, was completely destroyed by a hurricane and fire
  • Deadly tornado hit Sudbury, Ontario

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