What Happened on August 20, 1908

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Historical Events

DiscoveryGreat White Fleet

America's Great White Fleet arrives in Sydney, Australia, to be greeted with a tremendous welcome; 221 American sailors desert to remain in Australia
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  • Congo Free State becomes Belgian Congo

Famous Birthdays

  • Alfonso Lopez, baseball player (AL Manager of the year 1959)
  • Jeanne Stern, German screenwriter (The Condemned Village), born in Bedous, Aquitaine (d. 1998)
  • John Reginald Bevins, politician
  • Kingsley Davis, sociologist/demographer, coined (population explosion)

Famous Deaths

  • Louis Varney, composer, dies at 64