According to the Gregory calendar, 20 August is the 232nd of the year (233rd in a leap year). There are 133 more days left in the year.
Important events of 20 August
1828 – The first session of Raja Ram Mohan Roy’s Brahmo Samaj was held in Calcutta (now Kolkata).
1897 – Ronald Ross identified malaria-causing Anopheles mosquito while working at the Presidency General Hospital in Calcutta (now Kolkata).
1921 – Mopala rebellion begins in Malabar region of Kerala. The Moplah rebellion began in the Malabar region of Kerala.
1949 – Constitution adopted in European country Hungary.
1955 – Hundreds of people are killed in anti-France riots in Morocco and Algeria.
1972 – The then Soviet Russia conducted an underground nuclear test.
1979 – The then Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh resigned within 23 days of swearing-in as Prime Minister. Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh resigned from his post.
1988 – President of Pakistan General Zia-ul-Haq dies in an air crash and Senate Chairman Ghulam Ishaq Khan becomes President. A magnitude 6.5 earthquake in India and Nepal killed a thousand people.
1994 – UN Declaration by the US to end the 28-year-old policy of sheltering Cuban refugees.
1998 – Leander Paes defeats Pete Sampras to win the Pilot Pain International Tennis Competition.
1991 – Northern European country Estonia announces its separation from the then Soviet Rus Union.
2001 – In Spain, Indian champion Viswanathan Anand defeated Alexei Shirov of Spain to win the Villarodez Chess Championship title.
2002 – Palestinian guerrilla leader Abu Nidal is found dead.
2004 – Forbes magazine released the list of the most powerful women in the world. Condoleezza Rice of America, Wu Yi of China and Sonia Gandhi of India at the first three places respectively.
2008 – Aruna Sai Ram, the famous artist of Indian classical music, was awarded a distinguished honor in America.
Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Ram Vilas Paswan announced an additional subsidy of Rs 22,000 crore to the fertilizer industry in the current financial year.
2013 – Nine militants killed in Russian police action in the North Caucasus.
2012 – 20 people die in riots in Caracas, Venezuela’s capital.
Born on 20 august
1986 – Tania Sachdev – Female chess player of India.
1915 – D. Devaraj Ars – 8th Chief Minister of Karnataka.
1917 – Trilochan Shastri – Famous poet of progressive poetry stream.
1944 – Rajiv Gandhi – Ninth Prime Minister of India
1946 – N. R. Narayanamurthy, founder of Infosys Company.
1940 – Rajendra Kumar Pachauri – is an internationally renowned environmentalist.
1799 – James Prinsep – Brahmi script linguist and the first Englishman to read the inscriptions of Ashoka.
1685 – Farrukhsiyar – son of Azimushna of Mughal dynasty.
Died on 20 August
2014 – B.B. K. s. Iyengar – was a famous Indian yoga guru.
2011 – Ram Sharan Sharma – Famous Historian and Educationist of India.
1991 – Gopinath Mohanty – Famous litterateur of Odia language.
Important occasions and celebrations of 20 August
Sadbhavna Divas (Birthday of Rajiv Gandhi)