Today In History
Here is what happened
on Sunday - August 20th...
History, n. One darn thing after another.
Famous People Born On This Day In History...
|1833||Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President from (1889-1893).
Today, this person is/would be 184 years old.
|1890||H.P. Lovecraft, weird author.
Today, this person is/would be 127 years old.
|1942||Issac Hayes, musician.
Today, this person is/would be 75 years old.
|1948||Robert Plant, singer, songwriter.
Today, this person is/would be 69 years old.
Events On This Day In History...
| 636||Battle 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.|
| 917||Battle of Anchialus: Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria invades Thrace and drives the Byzantines out.|
|1000||The foundation of the Hungarian state, Hungary is established as a Christian kingdom by Stephen I of Hungary.|
|1391||Konrad von Wallenrode becomes the 24th Hochmeister of the Teutonic Order.|
|1882||Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow.|
|1888||Mutineers imprison Emin Pasha at Dufile.|
|1900||Japan's primary school law is amended to provide for four years of mandatory schooling.|
|1914||World War I: German forces occupy Brussels.|
|1920||The first commercial radio station, 8MK (WWJ), begins operations in Detroit, Michigan. WWJ, and am radio station, continues to broadcast to this day.|
|1926||Japan's public broadcasting company, Nippon Ho-so- Kyo-kai (NHK) is established.|
|1938||Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam, a record which still stands.|
|1940||British 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.|
|1940||Exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded in Mexico City by an assassin's ice axe. He dies the next day.|
|1944||The Battle of Romania begins with a major Soviet offensive.|
|1960||Senegal breaks from the Mali federation, declaring independence.|
|1968||200,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 5,000 tanks invade Czechoslovakia to end the "Prague Spring" of political liberalization.|
|1975||Viking Program: NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars.|
|1977||The 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.|
|1982||Lebanese Civil War: A multinational force lands in Beirut to oversee the PLO withdrawal from Lebanon.|
|1986||In 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.|
|1988||Peru becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.|
|1991||Collapse of the Soviet Union: More than 100,000 people rally outside the Soviet Union's parliament building protesting the coup aiming to depose President Mikhail Gorbachev.|
|1991||Estonia secedes from the Soviet Union.|
|1993||After 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.|
|1998||The Supreme Court of Canada states Québec cannot legally secede from Canada without first meeting strict legal conditions.|
|1998||U.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.|