Now is Friday, Aug. 20, the 232nd working day of 2021. There are 133 times still left in the year.

On August 20, 1968, the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations started invading Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring” liberalization travel.

In 1862, the New York Tribune published an open letter by editor Horace Greeley calling on President Abraham Lincoln to acquire much more aggressive measures to totally free the slaves and close the South’s revolt.

In 1866, President Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War above, months after preventing experienced stopped.

In 1882, Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” experienced its premiere in Moscow.

In 1953, the Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had analyzed a hydrogen bomb.

In 1955, hundreds of individuals were being killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco and Algeria.

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Financial Option Act, a virtually $1 billion anti-poverty evaluate.

In 1979, swimmer Diana Nyad (NY’-ad) succeeded in her third endeavor at swimming from the Bahamas to Florida.

In 1986, postal worker Patrick Henry Sherrill went on a fatal rampage at a submit office in Edmond, Okla., taking pictures 14 fellow workers to loss of life prior to killing himself.

In 1988, a stop-fireplace in the war among Iraq and Iran went into influence.

In 1989, fifty-a single people died when a enjoyment boat sank in the River Thames (tehmz) in London immediately after colliding with a dredger.

In 2017, actor, comedian and longtime telethon host Jerry Lewis died of heart ailment in Las Vegas at the age of 91.

In 2019, President Donald Trump abruptly canceled an upcoming trip to Denmark, which owns Greenland, after the Danish primary minister dismissed the strategy of the United States buying the generally frozen island.

Ten many years ago: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il arrived in Russia’s Significantly East on a virtually weeklong take a look at. Jordyn Wieber won her 1st title at the U.S. gymnastics championships in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Five yrs in the past: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump instructed a rally in Virginia that his get together experienced to do a much better career of captivating to African-American voters. At the Rio Game titles, the U.S. women’s basketball crew received a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal, routing Spain 101-72. Allyson Felix and LaShawn Merritt anchored the 4×400 relay teams to victory.

A person 12 months back: Accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden vowed to transfer the country earlier the chaos of Donald Trump’s tenure and return it to its leadership role in the earth capping a digital convention amid the pandemic, Biden spoke to a mostly empty arena in Delaware. A federal judge cleared the way for a New York prosecutor to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Trump’s former main strategist, Steve Bannon, was pulled from a yacht and arrested on rates that he and a few associates ripped off donors hoping to fund a southern border wall. (Trump, in his final several hours in office, would pardon Bannon.) 

Today’s Birthdays: Boxing promoter Don King is 90. Previous Sen. George Mitchell, D-Maine, is 88. Previous U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is 86. Former MLB All-Star Graig Nettles is 77. Broadcast journalist Connie Chung is 75. Rock singer Monique Powell (Conserve Ferris) is 46. Jazz/pop singer-pianist Jamie Cullum is 42. Actor Ben Barnes is 40. Actor Meghan Ory is 39. Actor Andrew Garfield is 38. Actor Brant Daugherty is 36.