August 20, 2008 in History

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Events in History

  • 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.

Deaths in History

  • 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)