On This Day 20 August

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)