On This Day In History, 20 August

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World Events Today

  • The Soviet revolutionary Lev Davidovich Bronstein, better known as Leon Trotsky, was attacked by an NKVD agent in Mexico City today in 1940, he died from his wounds the next day in hospital
  • The Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia began today in 1968, over 100 citizens were killed and another 500 were seriously wounded, it put a halt to the “Prague Spring”
  • The Marchioness disaster, a collision between two boats on the River Thames in London, occurred today in 1989, 51 people lost their lives

Entertainment Events Today

  • The 1812 Overture, by the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, premiered today in 1882 in Moscow
  • The Rolling Stones released the single I Can’t Get No Satisfaction in the United Kingdom today in 1965, it became their fourth Number 1

Family Events Today

  • The American country music singer-songwriter Jim Reeves, also known as “Gentleman Jim”, was born today in 1923 in Texas
  • The American boxing promoter Don King was born today in 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio
  • The English singer-songwriter Robert Plant, CBE, lead singer of the rock band Led Zeppelin, was born today in 1948 in Staffordshire

Main Event Today

  • Winston Churchill delivered the speech, “Never was so much owed by so many to so few”, today in 1940, he was referring to the efforts of the Royal Air Force who were, at the time, fighting the Battle of Britain

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Radio Day

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