On This Day

What Happened on August 20, 1920

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 1st US commercial radio station, 8MK (WWJ), Detroit begins daily broadcasting
  • Allen Woodring wins Oympic 200 m dash wearing borrowed shoes
  • American Professional Football Association forms, which would later become the National Football League (NFL)
  • Israel publishes its first medical journal "Ha-Refuah"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Preliminary meeting is conducted in Akron, Ohio to form American Professional Football Association and elect officers, installing Jim Thorpe as president

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Red Sox-Indians game postponed in Boston to allow Indian players to attend Ray Chapman's funeral in Cleveland