What Happened on August 20, 2008

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Spanair Flight 5022, from Madrid to Gran Canaria, skids off the runway and crashes at Barajas Airport. 146 people are killed in the crash, 8 more die afterwards. Only 18 people survive.

Famous Deaths

  • Gene Upshaw, American football player and union leader (b. 1945)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Hua Guofeng, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1976-81) and Premier of the People's Republic of China (1976-80), dies at 87

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • Stephanie Tubbs Jones, American politician (b. 1949)