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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August 20 - This Day in History

August 20: General Interest
1911: First around-the-world telegram sent, 66 years before Voyager II launch

On this day in 1911, a dispatcher in the New York Times office sends the first telegram around the world via commercial service. Exactly 66 years later, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sends a different kind of message--a phonograph record containing information about Earth for extraterrestrial beings--shooting into space aboard the unmanned spacecraft Voyager II... read more

American Revolution
1794 : Battle of Fallen Timbers

2004 : Record-setting tow-truck parade held in Washington State

Civil War
1862 : Horace Greeley's "The Prayer of Twenty Millions" is published

Cold War
1968 : Soviet Union intervenes in Czechoslovakia

1989 : The Menendez brothers murder their parents

1995 : Trains collide and explode in India

General Interest
1940 : Trotsky assassinated in Mexico

1968 : Soviets Invade Czechoslovakia

1975 : Viking 1 launched to Mars

1982 : U.S. Marines deployed to Lebanon

1918 : Valley of the Dolls author Jacqueline Susann born

1921 : Jacqueline Susann born

2013 : Best-selling crime writer Elmore Leonard dies

1977 : "Best of My Love," by the Emotions, hits the top of the U.S. pop charts

Old West
1804 : Corps of Discovery suffers its only death

1833 : Benjamin Harrison is born

1920 : Professional football is born

Vietnam War
1954 : United States decides to support Diem

1971 : Minh and Ky withdraw from presidential race

1974 : Military aid to Saigon slashed

World War I
1932 : German artist unveils monument honoring soldiers killed in World War I

World War II
1944 : Brits launch Operation Wallace and aid French Resistance
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