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This Day In History: Aug. 20

This Day in History

1968: Czechoslovakia is invaded and occupied by Warsaw Pact troops.
1974: Pres. Gerald Ford nominates Nelson Rockefeller to be vice president.
1975: Viking 1 is launched to Mars, where it lands in July 1976.
1977: Voyager 2 is launched to the outer planets; it encounters the first, Jupiter, in July 1979.
1992: Pres. George Bush accepts the Republican presidential nomination on the last day of the Republican National Convention in Houston.

Today's Birthdays

1785: Oliver Hazard Perry, War of 1812 naval hero (South Kingston, RI; died 1819)
1833: Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States (North Bend, OH; died 1901)
1890: H. P. Lovecraft, science fiction writer (Providence, RI; died 1937)
1910: Eero Saarinen, architect (Kikkonummi, Finland; died 1961)
1931: Don King, boxing promoter (Cleveland, OH)
1933: George Mitchell, former Senate majority leader and Northern Ireland peace negotiator (Waterville, ME)
1942: Isaac Hayes, singer/songwriter/musician (Covington, TN)
1944: Rajiv Gandhi, Indian prime minister (Bombay, India; died 1991)
1946: Connie Chung, TV journalist (Washington, D.C.)
1948: Robert Plant, singer (West Bromwich, England)
1954: Al Roker, TV meteorologist (Brooklyn, NY)
1956: Joan Allen, actress (Rochelle, IL)
1973: Todd Helton, baseball player (Knoxville, TN)

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