On This Day

What Happened on August 20, 2016

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 4 women's high jump competitors tie at clearing winning height 1.97m at the Rio Olympics; all then fail at 2.00m; Ruth Beitia of Spain wins the gold based on having no misses prior to bar being raised to 2.00m
  • Canoeists Max Rendschmidt and Marcus Gross part of winning German crew in K-4 100m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; wrap up K-2 / K-4 1,000m double
  • Chinese diver Chen Aisen does the Olympic 10m platform double in Rio de Janeiro; having already won the synchronised event, he wins the individual gold by a comfortable margin
  • Controversial South African middle distance runner Caster Semenya retains her Olympic women's 800m title in a time of 1:55.28 in the final in Rio de Janeiro
  • German canoeist Sebastian Brendel teams with Jan Vandrey to win the C-2 1,000m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; wraps up C-1 / C-2 1,000m double
  • In a blanket finish American triathlete Gwen Jorgensen takes the Olympic gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 1:56.16; 0.40 ahead of Nicola Spirig Hug of Switzerland, and Great Britain's Vicky Holland by 0:45
  • Rio de Janeiro Olympics: team sports - China beats Serbia, 3-1 for the women's indoor volleyball gold; in the men's water polo final, Serbia downs Croatia, 11-7 for first Olympic title

OlympicsOlympic Gold

South Korean golfer Inbee Park wins the inaugural Olympic women's individual gold with a final score of 16 under par in Rio de Janeiro; Lydia Ko (New Zealand) 11 under par; Shanshan Feng (China) 10 under par

Golfer Lydia Ko
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Lydia Ko
  • Star British runner Mo Farah wins the men's 5,000m in 13:03.30 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; wraps up 5k/10k double which he also completed in London 2012
  • Suicide bombing in Turkish city Gaziantep during a wedding party kills at least 51
  • The Hungarian crew wins canoe sprint K-4 500m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Danuta Koz├ík becomes the only female to win K1, K2 and K4 at the same Olympics

Famous Weddings

  • Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen (31) weds Tom May in Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  • Stand-up comedian Chris Hardwick (31) weds actress Lydia Hearst (44) in Pasadena, California

Famous Deaths

  • Brian Rix [Lord Rix], British actor and activist (Mencap), dies at 92
  • Irving Fields, American composer and pianist (Miami Beach Rhumba), dies at 101