On This Day

What Happened on August 20, 2012

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 20 people are killed in a riot in Caracas, Venezuela
  • South Africa become the top-ranked test cricket nation after defeating England

Famous Divorces

  • The man known primarily for gatecrashing the White House, Tareq Salahi (42) divorces socialite Michaele Salahi (46) due to adultery, desertion and construction desertion

Famous Deaths

  • Dom Mintoff, Maltese Prime Minister (1955-58, 1971-84), dies at 96
  • Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian Prime Minister, dies from liver cancer at 57

Person of interestPhyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller, American comedienne and actress, dies from natural causes at 95

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller