What Happened on August 20, 1908

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Historical Events


Historic 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

  • Al L√≥pez, Spanish-American baseball player (AL Manager of the year 1959), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2005)
  • Jeanne Stern, German screenwriter (The Condemned Village), born in Bedous, Aquitaine (d. 1998)
  • John Reginald Bevins, British Conservative politician, born in Liverpool, Lancashire (d. 1996)
  • Kingsley Davis, American sociologist and demographer (coined the term "population explosion"), born in Tuxedo, Texas (d. 1997)

Famous Deaths

  • Louis Varney, composer, dies at 64