Saturday, August 20, 2011
Thursday, August 20, 2009
A line of severe thunderstorms rolls through Ontario, Canada, spawns over 18 tornadoes in one day which has been declared to be the largest tornado outbreak in Canadian history, at least four F-2 tornadoes were confirmed, including one touching down in the town of Durham, Ontario, northwest of Toronto where at least one person was killed, and the other in a Toronto suburb of Vaughan, Ontario where over 600 homes were damaged or destroyed.//toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090821/ontario_storm_090821?hub=TorontoNewHome
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The United Kingdom Competition Commission recommends that BAA Limited should sell two out of its three airports in South East England (Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stansted) and one of its Scottish airports (either Edinburgh Airport or Glasgow International Airport) due to competition concerns. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7571613.stm
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Fighting persists in Chechnya, with six Russian servicemen killed and 11 others wounded in the war-ravaged region.
A 4-week-old boy, born to Nigerian parents, dies after a botched home circumcision by a friend of the boy's parents, in the Republic of Ireland. The Garda Síochána are searching for the man, who had no medical qualifications. //www.rte.ie/news/2003/0820/baby.html
Wednesday, August 20, 1997
A thousands-large protest in Seoul, calling for reunification with North Korea, is broken up by riot police.
Saturday, August 20, 1994
Thursday, August 20, 1992
Dissolution of the Soviet Union: Estonia declares its independence from the Soviet Union, and more than 100,000 people rally outside the Soviet Union's parliament building protesting the coup that deposed President Mikhail Gorbachev.
Saturday, August 20, 1988
The Iran–Iraq War ends, with an estimated one million lives lost.
Wednesday, August 20, 1986
Grenada recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
Saturday, August 20, 1977
Wednesday, August 20, 1975
Wednesday, August 20, 1969
August 21 ndash The "Prague Spring" of political liberalization ends, as 200,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 5,000 tanks invade Czechoslovakia.
Thursday, August 20, 1964
Goalkeeper Derek Foster of Sunderland becomes the youngest-ever player to play in the Football League
, aged 15 years and 185 days.
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Saturday, August 20, 1960
The American nuclear submarine USS "Seadragon" (SSN-584) surfaced through the arctic ice cap at the North Pole, the first submarine ever to do so.
Saturday, August 20, 1955
Hundreds of people are killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco and Algeria.
American forces successfully defeat Nazi forces at Chambois, closing the Falaise Gap.
Armored forces under the command of Soviet General Georgi Zhukov deliver a decisive defeat to Japanese Imperial Army forces in the Japanese-Soviet border war in Inner Mongolia.
The first commercial radio station in the United States, 8MK (WWJ
), begins operations in Detroit
. It is owned by the Detroit
News, the first U.S. radio station owned by a newspaper
Thursday, August 20, 1914
Wednesday, August 20, 1913
, parachutist Adolphe Pegoud jumps from an airplane and lands safely.
Saturday, August 20, 1898
Wednesday, August 20, 1890
Treaty of London: Portugal and the United Kingdom define the borders of the Portuguese colonies of Mozambique and Angola.
Thursday, August 20, 1868
Abergele Train Disaster in Wales: An "Irish Mail" passenger train collides with 4 cargo trucks loaded with paraffin: 33 are killed (the first major train disaster in Britain).
Lewis and Clark Expedition: The "Corps of Discovery", whose purpose is to explore the Louisiana Purchase, suffers its only death when Sergeant Charles Floyd dies, apparently from acute appendicitis.
Wednesday, August 20, 1710
Beijing becomes the largest city of the world, taking the lead from Istanbul.1987 estimate.
Saturday, August 20, 1672
September ndash Raimondo Montecuccoli and the Great Elector assemble at Halberstadt to attack the French and the bishops of Münster and Cologne in their back. Bernard von Galen withdraws from the city of Groningen slowly to the south.
The ship "Les Armes d'Amsterdam" arrives at Quebec, New France
. Among the passengers is Michel Mathieu Brunet "dit" Lestang (1638–1708), colonist, explorer and co-discoverer of what is today Green Bay, Wisconsin
. He is the ancestor of the Brunet, Lestang and Carisse families of North America.
September ndash Shah Jahan becomes ill, allowing his son to take control of the Mughal Empire.
is introduced to Europe commercially.
Saturday, August 10, 1527 (Julianian calendar)
Diet of Odense
). King Frederick I
declares religious tolerance for Lutherans
, permits marriage of priests, forbids seeking papal "pallium" (approval) for royal appointments of Church officials.Steffensen, Kenneth (2007). "Scandinavia After the Fall of the Kalmar Union: a Study of Scandinavian Relations", 1523-1536. Unpubl. M.A. Thesis, Brigham Young Univ.Fisher, George P (1873). "The Reformation". Scribner.
Tuesday, August 10, 1507 (Julianian calendar)
Raphael paints his "Burial of Jesus".
The King of England
prosecutes the Lords for keeping a private army, which might threaten his régime.
King James IV grants a patent for the first printing press in Scotland to Walter Chapman and Andrew Myllar.
Thursday, August 10, 1503 (Julianian calendar)
Stephen III of Moldavia concludes a treaty with Sultan Beyazid II preserving Moldavia's self-rule at the cost of an annual tribute to the Ottoman Empire.
Wednesday, August 11, 1456 (Julianian calendar)
Vladislav II, reigning Prince of Wallachia, is killed in battle by Vlad III Dracula, who succeeds him.
Wednesday, August 11, 1451 (Julianian calendar)
The French capture Bayonne
, the last English stronghold in Guyenne
Saturday, August 13, 1205 (Julianian calendar)
William of Wrotham, Lord Warden of the Stannaries of England, oversees a reform of English currency. In keeping with other high-ranking bureaucrats of his time and place, this is just one of Wrotham's many offices: he is also Keeper of the King's Ports Galleys, supervisor of the mints of Canterbury and London, ward of the vacant Diocese of Bath and Wells, an archdeacon of Taunton, a canon of Wells, and will serve the following year as a circuit judge."King John" by Warren. Published by University of California Press in 1961. p. 130
Following certain news of Baldwin I's death, Henry of Flanders is crowned Emperor of the Latin Empire.
is conquered by Philip II of France
. Fearing a French invasion of England itself, John of England
requires every English male over 12 to enter an association for the general defence of the realm and the preservation of peace."King John" by Warren. Published by University of California Press in 1961. p. 111
Othon de la Roche founds the Duchy of Athens
Wednesday, August 13, 1119 (Julianian calendar)
Monday, August 13, 1100 (Julianian calendar)
After a success over the Armenians of Cilicia and the emirate of Aleppo, Baldwin of Bourcq becomes Count of Edessa with the support of the patriarch Dagobert of Pisa.
Genoa, Venice and Pisa gain trading privileges from the Crusader states in return for their service during the conquest of the coastal cities.
Friday, August 15, 984 (Julianian calendar)
Antipope Boniface VII murders Pope John XIV.
Friday, August 15, 917 (Julianian calendar)