On This Day

What Happened on August 20, 1968

Historical Events


Soviet UnionWarsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia

During the night 250,000 Soviet and Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia in response to the Prague Spring

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Crowds of protesters surround Soviet tanks during the first days of the invasion of Czechoslovakia
Crowds of protesters surround Soviet tanks during the first days of the invasion of Czechoslovakia
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  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Klas Ingesson, Swedish footballer and manager, born in Ödeshög, Sweden (d. 2014)
  • Sandy Brondello, Australian basketball guard (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Mackay, Queensland
  • Yuri Shiratori, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Famous Deaths

  • Channing H. Cox, American politician (49th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 88
  • Earl Sande, American jockey (Kentucky Derby), dies at 69
1968 Highlights

About August 20, 1968

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 52 years, 3 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Leo