What Happened on August 20, 1974

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Brooklyn pitcher Dan Bankhead is 1st black to homer in his 1st at bat
  • Nelson Rockefeller selected US Vice President by President Ford

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Nolan Ryan pitch measured at record 161.6 kph (100.4 mph)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Famous Birthdays

  • Amy Adams, American actress
  • Andy Strachan, Australian musician (The Living End)
  • Big Moe, American rapper (d. 2007)
  • Denesha Reid, Miss USA-Georgia (1997)
  • Maxim Vengerov, Russian violinist
  • Szabolcs Sáfár, Hungarian footballer

Famous Deaths

  • Ilona Massey, actress (Love HAppy, Holiday in Mexico), dies at 62