On This Day

What Happened on August 1, 1920

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Peace of Riga-Independence of Latvia

Famous Birthdays

  • Henrietta Lacks [Loretta Pleasant], African-American tobacco farmer whose cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, extensively used in medical research since the 1950s (1st immortalised cell line), born in Roanoke, Virginia (d. 1951)
  • Jeffrey Segal, British actor and playwright (Dad's Army, Traitors), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • Sammy Lee, American doctor and platform diver, 1st Asian American to win Olympic Gold (1948, 52), born in Fresno, California (d. 2016)

Famous Deaths

  • Bal Gangadhar Tilak, early Indian nationalist leader, dies at 64