August 20

August 20 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on August 20, include:

  • International Day of Medical Transporters 
  • Lemonade Day 
  • National Bacon Lover's Day 
  • National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day 
  • National Radio Day 
  • Virtual Worlds Day 
  • World Mosquito Day

2024 Weekly Holidays that include August 20, are:

  • Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over - Labor Day: August 14 - September 2, 2024
  • Minority Enterprise Development Week - August 18-24
  • National Aviation Week - August 15-21 (Always during the week of Orville Wright's Birthday on August 19)
  • Perseid Meteor Showers - July 17 - August 24, 2024, will peak on  August 12, 2024)

2024 Monthly Holidays that include August 20, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our August Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of August.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Little League World Series - August 14-25, 2024 (Held in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
  • Democratic National Convention - August 19-22, 2024

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for August 20 is Leo.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month of August are:

  • Gladiolus - Strength, moral integrity, remembrance, infatuation. It blooms in a variety of colors like red, pink, white, yellow and orange.  It stands for sincerity and symbolizes strength of character.


The Birthstone(s) for August is:

  • Peridot which is known for its shimmering yellow-green color and the peace and good luck it brings to its wearer.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1833 - Benjamin Harrison, American general, lawyer and politician who was the 23rd President of the United States from 1889-1893 (d. 1901)
  • 1918 - Jacqueline Susann, American author (Valley of the Dolls) (d. 1974)
  • 1946 - Connie Chung, American journalist and TV news anchor (CBS, NBC)
  • 1948 - Robert Plant, English singer and songwriter (Led Zeppelin)
  • 1956 - Joan Allen, American actress (Peggy Sue Got Married
  • 1970 - Fred Durst, American singer and songwriter (Limp Bizkit)

Famous Deaths

  • 1912 - William Booth, English minister who co-founded The Salvation Army (b. 1829)
  • 2012 - Phyllis Diller, American actress (b. 1917)
  • 2017 - Jerry Lewis - American comedian, actor and singer (Martin and Lewis) (b. 1926)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1939 - Actress Joan Fontaine (Rebecca) marries actor Brian Aherne
  • 1992 - Musician Sting marries Trudie Styler in Wiltshire, England

Quote of the Day

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe of the Day

Why it is so easy to gain weight?

Have you ever wondered why it is so easy to gain weight? Here are some of the top excuses that Kerry hears from people on why they have gained weight. 

  • Weight Gain (link goes to Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits website)

This Day in History

  • 1000 - Hungary is established as a Christian kingdom by Stephen I of Hungary.
  • 1855 - The American Civil War is formally declared over by U.S. President Andrew Johnson
  • 1910 - The Great Fire of 1910 burns approximately 3 million acres in Northeast Washington, Northern Idaho and Western Montana
  • 1975 - NASA launches Viking 1 to orbit around Mars
  • 1988 - Black Saturday of the Yellowstone fire in Yellowstone National Park
  • 1988 - A ceasefire is agreed to during the Iran/Iraq War after eight years of war.

This Day in Music

  • 1882 - 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky debuts in Moscow, Russia
  • 1973 - Angie is released by The Rolling Stones
  • 1977 - Best of My Love by the Emotions hits #1
  • 1987 - Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac leaves the group
  • 2006 - The Back to Basics album by Christina Aguilera goes to #1 on the UK album chart

Above, is Angie by the Rolling Stones, released on August 20, 1973!

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This Day in Sports

  • 1900 - Great Britain wins over France in cricket in the Olympic Games
  • 1938 - Lou Gehrig hits his record and final career grand slam
  • 1945 - Tommy Brown of the Dodgers at 17, is the youngest player to hit a HR
  • 1974 - Nolan Ryan pitches a record 100.4mph pitch

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Disembogue (verb)

1. To come out into the open sea from a river etc.
2. (of a river or waters) To pour out, to debouch; to flow out through a narrow opening into a larger space.

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