On This Day

What Happened on August 1, 1920

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 diver (Olympic Gold 10m platform 1948, 52), born in Fresno, California (d. 2016)

Famous Deaths

  • Bal Gangadhar Tilak, early Indian nationalist leader, dies at 64
1920 Highlights

About August 1, 1920

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 101 years, 2 months and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Leo