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Today In History

Here is what happened
on Monday - August 20th...

History,  n.  One darn thing after another.

      Famous People Born On This Day In History...

1833Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President from (1889-1893).
      Today, this person is/would be 185 years old.
1890H.P. Lovecraft, weird author.
      Today, this person is/would be 128 years old.
1942Issac Hayes, musician.
      Today, this person is/would be 76 years old.
1948Robert Plant, singer, songwriter.
      Today, this person is/would be 70 years old.

      Events On This Day In History...

636Battle of Yarmuk: Arab forces led by Khalid bin Walid take control of Syria and Palestine away from the Byzantine Empire, marking the first great wave of Muslim conquests and the rapid military advance of Islam outside Arabia.
917Battle of Anchialus: Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria invades Thrace and drives the Byzantines out.
1000The foundation of the Hungarian state, Hungary is established as a Christian kingdom by Stephen I of Hungary.
1391Konrad von Wallenrode becomes the 24th Hochmeister of the Teutonic Order.
1882Peter Ilyich Tchaikovskyís 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow.
1888Mutineers imprison Emin Pasha at Dufile.
1900Japanís primary school law is amended to provide for four years of mandatory schooling.
1914World War I: German forces occupy Brussels.
1920The first commercial radio station, 8MK (WWJ), begins operations in Detroit, Michigan. WWJ, and am radio station, continues to broadcast to this day.
1926Japanís public broadcasting company, Nippon Ho-so- Kyo-kai (NHK) is established.
1938Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam, a record which still stands.
1940British prime minister Winston Churchill utters famous line "Never before in the history of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." He was speaking about the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain.
1940Exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded in Mexico City by an assassinís ice axe. He dies the next day.
1944The Battle of Romania begins with a major Soviet offensive.
1960Senegal breaks from the Mali federation, declaring independence.
1968200,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 5,000 tanks invade Czechoslovakia to end the "Prague Spring" of political liberalization.
1975Viking Program: NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars.
1977The Voyager II spacecraft is launched. It winds up taking spectacular photos of Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune over the next 12 years before floating off into interstellar space.
1982Lebanese Civil War: A multinational force lands in Beirut to oversee the PLO withdrawal from Lebanon.
1986In Edmond, Oklahoma, US Postal employee Patrick Henry Sherrill guns down 14 of his co-workers and then commits suicide. As a result, the phrase "going postal" enters the English lexicon.
1988Peru becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
1991Collapse of the Soviet Union: More than 100,000 people rally outside the Soviet Unionís parliament building protesting the coup aiming to depose President Mikhail Gorbachev.
1991Estonia secedes from the Soviet Union.
1993After rounds of secret negotiations in Norway, the Oslo Peace Accords between Israel and the Palastinians are signed, followed by a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. the next month.
1998The Supreme Court of Canada states Quťbec cannot legally secede from Canada without first meeting strict legal conditions.
1998U.S. embassy bombings: The United States military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum is destroyed in the attack.

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