What Happened on August 20

Historical Events

  • 1597 1st Dutch East India Company ships return from the Far East
  • 1619 1st known African Americans (appox. 20) land at Jamestown Virginia aboard Dutch vessel then sold or traded into servitude for supplies
  • 1741 Alaska first sighted by Danish explorer Vitus Bering at head of Russian expedition
  • 1866 President Andrew Johnson formally declares US Civil War over
  • 1882 Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" opens in Moscow
  • 1968 During the night 200,00 Warsaw Pact Soviet led troops begin to invade Czechoslovakia in response to the Prague Spring
  • 1993 Oslo Peace Accords signed, after secret negotiations in Norway, followed by a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. the following month
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Did You Know?

British PM Churchill says of Royal Air Force, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"

On August 20, 1940

Famous Weddings

  • 1836 English novelist (Vanity Fair) William Makepeace Thackeray (25) marries Isabella Gethin Shawe (20)
  • 1939 "Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine (21) weds actor Brian Aherne (37)
  • 1992 Rocker Sting weds Trudie Styler at an 11th century chapel in Wiltshire, England
  • 2005 "24" actress Sarah Wynter (32) weds "Details" magazine editor-in-chief Dan Peres in Sydney, Australia
  • 2005 Award-winning American news anchor Lauren Sanchez (35) weds prominent talent agent Patrick Whitesell at The Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California

Famous Divorces

  • 2012 The man known primarily for gatecrashing the White House, Tareq Salahi (42) divorces socialite Michaele Salahi (46) due to adultery, desertion and construction desertion
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