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August 20th - Today's Highlights in History

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Thursday, August 20th
The 232nd day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History

   On Aug. 20, 1968, the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the ''Prague Spring'' liberalization drive of Alexander Dubcek's regime. (Go to article.)

On Aug. 20, 1833, Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president of the United States, was born. Following his death on March 13, 1901, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On August 20, 1904, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the presidential election of 1904. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1833    Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president of the United States, was born in North Bend, Ohio.

1914    German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I.

1918    Britain opened an offensive on the Western front during World War I.

1940    British Prime Minister Winston Churchill paid tribute to the Royal Air Force, saying, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

1953    The Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested a hydrogen bomb.

1955    Hundreds of people were killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco and Algeria.

1964    President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a nearly $1 billion anti-poverty measure.

1977    The United States launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.

1992    The Republican National Convention in Houston nominated President George H.W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle for a second term.

1998    Retaliating for deadly embassy bombings in East Africa, the United States launched cruise missile strikes against al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan and what was described as a chemical plant in Sudan.

2006    Former Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, who had taken the iconic Iwo Jima flag-raising picture during World War II, died at age 94.

2008    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski signed a deal to put a U.S. missile defense base in Poland.

2008    Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association, died at age 63.

Current Birthdays

Al Roker turns 55 years old today.

AP Photo/Peter Kramer TV weatherman Al Roker ("Today") turns 55 years old today.

90    Walter Bernstein
Writer, director

76    George Mitchell
Former Senate majority leader

63    Connie Chung
Broadcast journalist

62    Jimmy Pankow
Rock musician (Chicago)

61    John Noble

61    Robert Plant
Rock singer (Led Zeppelin)

57    Doug Fieger
Rock singer (The Knack)

57    Rudy Gatlin
Country singer (The Gatlin Brothers)

57    John Hiatt
Rock singer, songwriter

56    Peter Horton
Actor, director

54    Jay Acovone

53    Joan Allen

47    James Marsters
Actor ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel")

44    KRS-One

39    Fred Durst
Rock singer (Limp Bizkit)

38    Brad Avery
Rock musician

38    Jonathan Ke Quan

36    Todd Helton
Baseball player

34    Monique Powell
Rock singer (Save Ferris)

28    Ben Barnes

17    Demi Lovato

Historic Birthdays

Benjamin Harrison

8/20/1833 - 3/13/1901
23rd president of the United States
(Go to obit.)

71    Jacopo Peri
8/20/1561 - 8/12/1633
Italian composer

70    Francis Asbury
8/20/1745 - 3/31/1816
English-born bishop of the American Methodist Episcopal Church

76    Eliel Saarinen
8/20/1873 - 7/1/1950
Finnish architect

77    Edgar Guest
8/20/1881 - 8/5/1959
English-born American poet

66    Salvatore Quasimodo
8/20/1901 - 6/14/1968
Italian Nobel Prize-winning poet, critic and translator

58    Jack Teagarden
8/20/1905 - 1/15/1964
American jazz trombonist

80    Valentin Glushko
8/20/1908 - 1/10/1989
Soviet rocket scientist

88    Kingsley Davis
8/20/1908 - 2/27/1997
American sociologist and demographer

51    Eero Saarinen
8/20/1910 - 9/1/1961
Finnish-born American architect

80    Roger Wolcott Sperry
8/20/1913 - 4/17/1994
American Nobel Prize-winning neurobiologist (1981)

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