What Happened on August 20, 1978

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London
  • Mark Vinchesi of Amherst Mass keeps a frisbee aloft 15.2 seconds
  • Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Stroh's Golf Open
  • Tatyana Providokhina runs female world record 1k (2:30.6)

Famous Birthdays

  • Sanna Lankosaari, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Oly-98)

Famous Deaths

  • Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, dies at 51
  • Petros John Petridis, composer, dies at 86