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Notable Historical Events for August 20th

1882Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" opens in Moscow

1974Nolan Ryan pitch measured at record 161.6 kph (100.4 mph)

1967Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open

1993Mother Teresa hospitalized with malaria

1866President Andrew Johnson formally declares US Civil War over

1991Dolphin Dan Marino surpasses Joe Montana as the highest paid NFL player with a 5-year extension for $25 million

1972Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open

1865President Andrew Johnson proclaims an end to "insurrection" in Texas

1989Howard Johnson joins Barry Bonds & Willie Mays to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases

1940Louis Buchalter is indicted on murder charges in Los Angeles for the killing of Harry Greenberg, a mob associate of casino owner Meyer Lansky and mobster Bugsy Siegel

August 20th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on August 20th

1901Salvatore Quasimodo, Naples Italy, poet/critic/translator (Nobel 1959), (d. 1968)

1948Robert Plant, West Bromwich England, rock vocalist (Led Zeppelin-Whole Lotta Love)

1918Jacqueline Susann, Phila Pa, author (Valley of the Dolls), (d. 1974)

1833Benjamin Harrison, North Bend Ohio, (R) 23rd Pres (1889-1893)

August 20th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on August 20th

1939"Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine (21) weds actor Brian Aherne (37)

2011Socialite and model Kim Kardashian (30) weds basketball player Kris Humphries (26) at a private estate in Montecito, California

August 20th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on August 20th

1854Friedrich WJ von Schelling, German philosopher, dies at 79

2012Phyllis Diller, American comedienne and actress, dies from natural causes at 95

August 20th Deaths
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