Historical Events on August 20 (Part 2)

  • 2015 30 students at West Point Military Academy are injured in a mass pillow fight
  • 2015 After 108 years a "message in a bottle" put in the sea by UK Marine Biological Association is announced to have been found in April on a beach on the island of Amrum, Germany
  • 2016 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
  • 2016 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
  • 2016 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
  • 2016 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
  • 2016 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
  • 2016 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
  • 2016 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

Olympic Gold

2016 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

Olympic Games

2016 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

  • 2016 Suicide bombing in Turkish city Gaziantep during a wedding party kills at least 51
  • 2016 The Hungarian crew wins canoe sprint K-4 500m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Danuta Kozák becomes the only female to win K1, K2 and K4 at the same Olympics
  • 2017 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Des Moines G & CC: US retains Cup 16½- 11½; down by 5, Europe can only halve the singles 6-6
  • 2018 Colorado man Christopher Lee Watts is charged with the murder of his wife and two daughters
  • 2018 Measles cases reach record high in Europe with 41,000 infected first six months of 2018 with 37 deaths according to WHO
  • 2018 Polish immigrant and former volunteer Nazi guard Jakiw Palij (95) is deported from the US in New York to Germany

Event of Interest

2018 Pope Francis releases letter to all Catholics condemning sexual abuse atrocities and clerical cover-ups "We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them"

  • 2018 Venezuela issues new currency the "Bolivar Soberano" in attempt to stop runaway hyperinflation
  • 2019 Computer systems in 22 small Texas towns hacked and held to ransom in coordinated attack prompts FBI investigation

Event of Interest

2019 Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigns after Matteo Salvini calls for a no-confidence vote

  • 2019 NASA confirms mission to Jupiter's ice-covered moon Europa to search for alien life, to launch 2025

Event of Interest

2020 Former adviser to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon arrested and charged with fraud over a fundraising campaign to build a wall on the Mexican border

Presidential Convention

2020 Kamala Harris accepts her nomination for vice-president, becoming the 1st US woman of color on a major-party ticket saying "there is no vaccine for racism"

Event of Interest

2020 Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny falls into a coma after a suspected poisoning (later confirmed to be Novichok poisoning)

  • 2022 22 million now at risk of starvation in Horn of Africa, up 9 million since January, according to the UN, after worst drought in 40 years [1]
  • 2022 Misuzulu ka Zwelithini crowned Zulu King at KwaKhangelamankengane Palace in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa [1]
  • 2023 Ecuador votes, in a referendum, against drilling for oil in Yasuni National Park, a world biosphere reserve inhabited by indigenous groups in the Amazon [1]
  • 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Stadium Australia, Sydney: Spanish captain Olga Carmona scores the only goal of the game as La Furia Roja score a 1-0 win over England
  • 2023 Guatemala presidential elections won by anti-corruption candidate Bernardo Arévalo, defeating former first lady Sandra Torres [1]
  • 2023 Russia's Luna 25 spacecraft has crashed into the moon according to Roscosmos, the country's space agency [1]
  • 2023 Tropical Storm Hilary makes landfall on Mexico's Baja peninsula, the first tropical storm to hit the region for 84 years [1]