What Happened in August 1920

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Papendrecht soccer team forms
  • 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 13 24th US Golf Open: Ted Ray shoots a 295 at Inverness Club in Ohio
  • Aug 14 Little Entente formed by Czechoslovakia & Yugoslavia
  • Aug 14 Olympic Games open in Antwerp
  • Aug 15 With the strategic help of the French, Polish troops defeat the Soviets at the Battle of Warsaw (Miracle upon the Vistula)
  • Aug 16 Ray Chapman, of Indians is hit in head by Yankees pitcher Carl Mays; he dies the next day in only major league fatality
  • Aug 17 NY Yankees cancel game with Cleveland Indians in memory of Ray Chapman who died on the same day
  • Aug 18 1st class cricket debut of Walter Hammond
  • Aug 18 22 year old representative Harry T. Burn is deciding vote in Tennessee's and thus America's ratification of the 19th Amendment to the constitution allowing women's suffrage after letter from his mother
  • 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 20 Red Sox-Indians game postponed in Boston to allow Indian players to attend Ray Chapman's funeral in Cleveland
  • Aug 21 3rd PGA Championship: Jock Hutchison at Flossmoor CC Flossmoor Ill
  • Aug 23 Mary Roberts Rinehart & Avery Roberts play "The Bat" based on Reinhart's novel "The Circular Staircase"premieres on Broadway in New York
  • Aug 24 With British approval, Greece is encouraged to take offensive action against Turkish nationalists in Asia Minor
  • Aug 25 1st US woman to win in Olympics (Ethelda Bleibtrey)
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Jeffrey Segal, British actor and playwright (Dad's Army, Traitors), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • Aug 1 Maria Cole, American jazz singer and wife of Nat King Cole, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Aug 1 Sammy Lee, American doctor and platform diver, 1st Asian American to win Olympic Gold (1948, 52), born in Fresno, California (d. 2016)
  • Aug 2 Louis Pauwels, writer/editor
  • Aug 2 Phyllis James, mystery writer
  • Aug 2 Theo Marcuse, American character actor (Mara of Wilderness), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1967)
  • Aug 3 Maria Karnilova, American dancer and actress (Fiddler on the Roof, Ivan the Terrible), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • 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, American reporter and UPI journalist (starts press conferences), born in Winchester, Kentucky (d. 2013)
  • Aug 5 G V [Sonny] Montgomery, (Rep-D-Mississippi, 1967- )
  • Aug 5 Selma Diamond, comedienne (Selma-Night Court), born in London, Ontario
  • Aug 6 Ella Raines, American actress (Uncle Harry, Runaround, Impact, Brute Force), born in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington (d. 1988)
  • Aug 7 Jan Walravens, Flemish writer (Motionless at Sea)
  • Aug 8 Don Cook, foreign Correspondent
  • Aug 8 Leo Chiosso, Italian lyricist (d. 2006)
  • Aug 8 James "Jimmy" Witherspoon, American jump blues singer (Ain't Nobody's Business), born in Gurdon, Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • Aug 9 Enzo Biagi, Italian journalist and writer
  • Aug 9 Allen Hoskins, American child actor (Our Gang), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1980)
  • Aug 10 William "Red" Holzman, NBA coach (NY Knickerbockers, 754 wins)
  • Aug 11 Derry Jeffares, Honorary Prof of English Studies (Stirling U)
  • Aug 11 William Masselos, pianist/prof (Juilliard 1976), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • Aug 12 Percy Mayfield, US singer (Please Send Me Someone to Love)
  • Aug 12 Peter West, British sports commentator
  • Aug 13 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, jazz trombonist
  • Aug 13 Neville Brand, American soldier and actor (DOA, Love Me Tender), born in Griswold, Iowa (d. 1992)
  • Aug 16 Charles Bukowski, Andernach Germany, American writer (Hollywood: A Novel)
  • Aug 17 Georgia Gibbs, singer (Ballin the Jack, Kiss of Fire), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Aug 18 Bob Kennedy, baseball player
  • Aug 18 [Thomas] Godfrey Evans, English cricket keeper (1950's)

Person of interestShelley Winters

Aug 18 Shelley Winters [Schrift], American actress (Lolita, A Place in the Sun, A Patch of Blue & Poseidon Adventure), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2006)

  • Aug 19 Lucila Engels-Boskaljon, Curacao painter
  • Aug 19 Paul Kont, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 2000)
  • Aug 21 Christopher R. Milne, son of Alan A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh), born in Chelsea, London (d. 1996)
  • 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), born in Curacao, Venezuela (d. 1981)
  • Aug 22 Ray Bradbury, American sci-fi author (Fahrenheit 451), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Aug 22 Wolfdietrich Schnurre, German writer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1989)
  • Aug 23 Aart Verstegen, ballet dancers/choreographer (Jolly Joker's Last Joke)
  • Aug 25 Jef Diederen, Dutch painter, born in Heerlen, Netherlands (d. 2009)
  • 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 Charles White, American actor (Airpot 95, Serpico), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • Aug 29 Charlie "Bird" Parker, American jazz saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 1955)
  • Aug 29 Joseph Lesniewski, American Easy Company, soldier in 101st Airborne, born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Aug 30 Ben Cami, Flemish writer/poet (Rose from Mud)
  • Aug 31 James Lanphier, American actor (Flight of Lost Balloon), born in Hempstead, New York (d. 1969)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Bal Gangadhar Tilak, early Indian nationalist leader, dies at 64
  • Aug 2 Ormer Locklear, American stunt pilot (b. 1891)
  • Aug 4 Vladimir Ivanovich Rebikov, composer, dies at 54
  • 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 17 Ray Chapman, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 29 after being hit in the head by a pitch from NY Yankees Carl Mays
  • Aug 22 Anders Zorn, Swedish painter (Gustavus Vasa), dies at 60
  • Aug 31 Wilhelm Wundt, German physiologist, psychologist and philosopher, dies at 88