August 1920 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 Peace of Riga-Independence of Latvia
  • Aug 2 Marcus Garvey presents his "Back To Africa" program in NYC
  • Aug 8 Tigers beat Yanks 1-0 in shortest AL game, 73 minutes
  • Aug 9 Bulgarian & allied Peace of Neuilly-sur-Seine goes into effect
  • Aug 10 Allies recognize Poland, Czechoslovakia & Romania
  • Aug 10 Treaty of Sèvres (Allies & Turkey)
  • Aug 10 Turkish government renounces its claim to Israel, recognizes British mandate
  • Aug 11 1st peace of Riga-Soviet Union recognizes Independence of Latvia
  • Aug 12 Battle of Warsaw between Poland and Russia begins
  • Aug 14 Little Entente formed by Czechoslovakia & Yugoslavia
  • Aug 15 With the strategic help of the French, Polish troops defeat the Soviets at the Battle of Warsaw (Miracle upon the Vistula)
  • Aug 18 US ratifies the 19th Amendment to the constitution bringing in women's suffrage
  • Aug 20 1st US commercial radio station, 8MK (WWJ), Detroit begins daily broadcasting
  • Aug 20 Allen Woodring wins Oympic 200 m dash wearing borrowed shoes
  • Aug 20 Israel publishes its first medical journal "Ha-Refuah"
  • Aug 20 Preliminary meeting in Akron to form American Pro Football League
  • Aug 23 M R Rinehart & A Hopwood's "Bat" premieres in NYC
  • Aug 24 With British approval, Greece is encouraged to take offensive action against Turkish nationalists in Asia Minor
  • Aug 25 Russia suffers a final decisive defeat in the Battle of Warsaw against Poland
  • Aug 26 Percy Fender (Surrey v Northants) scores 100 in 35 mins
  • Aug 31 Belgium starts paying old age pensions
  • Aug 31 Detroit radio station is 1st to broadcast a news program on the air

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 Louis Pauwels, writer/editor
  • Aug 2 Phyllis James, mystery writer
  • Aug 3 P D [Phyllis Dorothy] James, Baroness James of Holland Park, English crime writer (Cover Her Face), born in Oxford
  • Aug 3 Charlie Shavers, American trumpet player (d. 1971)
  • Aug 3 Elmar Tampõld, Estonian-Canadian architect
  • Aug 4 Helen Thomas, UPI journalist (starts press conferences)
  • Aug 5 G V [Sonny] Montgomery, (Rep-D-Mississippi, 1967- )
  • Aug 5 Selma Diamond, comedienne (Selma-Night Court), born in London, Ontario
  • Aug 7 Jan Walravens, Flemish writer (Motionless at Sea)
  • Aug 8 Don Cook, foreign Correspondent
  • Aug 9 Enzo Biagi, Italian journalist and writer
  • Aug 11 Derry Jeffares, Honorary Prof of English Studies (Stirling U)
  • Aug 19 Lucila Engels-Boskaljon, Curacao painter
  • Aug 21 Christopher R Milne, son of Alan A Milne (Winnie the Pooh)
  • Aug 22 Anthony Tuke, CEO (Savoy Hotel Groups)
  • Aug 22 Denton Cooley, heart surgeon (1st artifical heart transplant), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Aug 22 Pierre A Lauffer, Antillian poet (Patria)
  • Aug 22 Ray[mond Douglas] Bradbury, Ill, sci-fi author (Fahrenheit 451), (d. 2012)
  • Aug 22 Wolfdietrich Schnurre, German writer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1989)
  • Aug 25 Jef Diederen, Dutch painter
  • Aug 26 Brant Parker, American cartoonist (d. 2007)
  • Aug 27 James Molyneaux [Baron Molyneaux of Killead], MP (Ulster unionist), born in Killead, Ireland
  • Aug 28 Frits Bernard, pedophile activist (d. 2006)
  • Aug 29 Joseph Lesniewski, Erie, Pennsylvania, Easy Company soldier in 101st Airborne, (d. 2012)
  • Aug 30 Ben Cami, Flemish writer/poet (Rose from Mud)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Bal Gangadhar Tilak, British-Indian hindu leader, dies
  • Aug 2 Ormer Locklear, American stunt pilot (b. 1891)
  • Aug 6 Stefan Bastyr, Polish aviator, first flight in independent Poland (b. 1890)
  • Aug 10 Ádám Politzer, Austrian physician (b. 1835)
  • Aug 16 J Norman Lockyer, English physicist (discovered helium in Sun), dies
  • Aug 22 Anders Zorn, Swedish painter (Gustavus Vasa), dies at 60
  • Aug 31 Wilhelm Wundt, German physiologist/psychologist/philosopher, dies