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Births on this Day
  • 1720-08-20 - Bernard de Bury: Composer
  • 1756-08-20 - Bernardo Bittoni: Composer
  • 1764-08-20 - Charles F Bentinck: Dutch Minister of Colonies
  • 1778-08-20 - Bernardo O'Higgins: Won independence for Chile
  • 1785-08-20 - Oliver Hazard Perry: US Naval hero ("We have met the enemy")
  • 1799-08-20 - Heinrich WA Freiherr von Gagern: German liberal politician
  • 1802-08-20 - Cadwalader Ringgold: Commander (Union Navy), died in 1867

Deaths on this Day
  • 1679-08-20 - Jacob Alting: Dutch theologist, dies at 60
  • 1799-08-20 - Johann Christian Gottlob Eidenbenz: Composer, dies at 37
  • 1804-08-20 - Charles Floyd: Only fatality of the Lewis & Clark Expedition
  • 1813-08-20 - Jan Krtitel Vanhal: Composer, dies at 74
  • 1823-08-20 - Pius VII [Luigi B Chiaramonti]: Pope (1800-23), dies at 83
  • 1825-08-20 - Richard Wainwright: Composer, dies at 68
  • 1856-08-20 - Philipp Jakob Riotte: Composer, dies at 80

Events on this Day
  • 1619-08-20 - 1st Black slaves brought by Dutch to colony of Jamestown Virginia
  • 1641-08-20 - Britain and Scotland sign Treaty of Pacification
  • 1648-08-20 - Battle of Lens: French Duke d'Enghien defeats Spaniards
  • 1741-08-20 - Alaska discovered by Danish explorer Vitus Bering
  • 1781-08-20 - George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis
  • 1791-08-20 - Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovers Alaska
  • 1852-08-20 - Steamer "Atlantic" collided with fishing boat, sinks with 250 aboard

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