What Happened on August 20, 2008

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Spanair Flight 5022, from Madrid to Gran Canaria, skids off the runway and crashes at Barajas Airport. 146 people are killed in the crash, 8 more die afterwards. Only 18 people survive.

Famous Deaths

  • Gene Upshaw, American football player and union leader (b. 1945)
  • Hua Guofeng, former Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, succeeding Mao Zedong in 1976 and being replaced by Hu Yaobang in 1981 (b. 1921)
  • Stephanie Tubbs Jones, American politician (b. 1949)