On This Day

What Happened on August 20, 1978

Historical Events

  • Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London
  • Mark Vinchesi of Amherst Mass keeps a frisbee aloft 15.2 seconds
  • Tatyana Providokhina runs female world record 1k (2:30.6)

Famous Birthdays

  • Sanna Lankosaari, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Kemi, Finland

Famous Deaths

  • Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, dies at 51
1978 Highlights

About August 20, 1978

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 3 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Leo