This Day in History on 20 August

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 20 August. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

2012 – A prison riot in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, kills at least 20 people


2014 – Seventy-two people are killed in Japan’s Hiroshima Prefecture by a series of landslides caused by a month’s worth of rain that fell in one day.


2016 – Fifty-four people are killed when a suicide bomber detonates himself at a Kurdish wedding party in Gaziantep, Turkey.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1896 – Gostha Pal, Indian footballer (d. 1976)

1940 – Rex Sellers, Indian-Australian cricketer

1944 – Rajiv Gandhi, Indian lawyer and politician, 6th Prime Minister of India (d. 1991)

1946 – N. R. Narayana Murthy, Indian businessman, co-founded Infosys

Death/ Death Anniversary

1939 – Agnes Giberne, Indian-English astronomer and author (b. 1845)

2011 – Ram Sharan Sharma, Indian historian and academic (b. 1919)

2013 – Narendra Dabholkar, Indian author and activist (b. 1945)

2014 – B. K. S. Iyengar, Indian yoga instructor and author, founded Iyengar Yoga (b. 1918)

Futher Reading

Month-wise This Day in History