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Daily Calendar for Sunday, August 20, 2023


  • 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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