Today in History

    What happened on the 20th of August in history?

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    • 1866
      President Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War over
    • 1914
      German forces occupied Brussels Belgium during WW I.
    • 1918
      Britain opened its offensive on the Western front during WW I
    • 1920
      US's 1st coml radio 8MK later WWJ Detroit began daily broadcasting
    • 1930
      Dumont's 1st TV Broadcast for home reception NY city
    • 1940
      British PM Churchill said of the Royal Air Force `Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.'
    • 1940
      Leon Trotsky assassinated in Mexico City by agents of Stalin
    • 1942
      Dimout regulations implemented in SF
    • 1953
      Russia publicly acknowledges a test detonation of a hydrogen bomb.
    • 1955
      Hundreds killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco & Algeria
    • 1955
      1st airplane to exceed 1800 mph - HA Hanes Palmdale Ca
    • 1956
      Republicans convene at the Cow Palace
    • 1960
      Senegal gains independence from France
    • 1964
      LBJ signs an anti-poverty measure totaling nearly $1 billion.
    • 1968
      650 000 Soviet-block troops invade Czechoslovakia
    • 1975
      Viking 1 launched toward orbit around Mars soft landing
    • 1977
      Voyager 2 launched for fly-by of Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune
    • 1980
      UN Security Council votes 14-0 US abstains condemning Israel's declaration that all of Jersualem was its capital.
    • 1986
      A mail carrier in Edmond Okla. shot 14 fellow workers dead