Born on this day 20th August
1905 Jack Teagarden
1924 Jim Reeves
1951 Phil Lynott
1937 Jim Bowen
1942 Isaac Hayes
1943 Sylvester McCoy
1948 Robert Plant
1955 Peter Horton
1961 Jo Pasquale
1960 Connie Francis began filming work on ‘Where the Boys Are’.
1973 The Rolling Stones’ single ‘Angie/Silver Train’ was released.
1992 Sting married long time girlfriend Trudie Styler at Camden Town Hall.
1880 Reinhold Messner from Italy became the first mountaineer to climb Everest solo.
1884 In America’s first boxing match to be fought with gloves: Jack ‘The Nonpareil” Dempsey knocked out George Fulljames in 22 rounds
1928 The BBC ran their first transmission on an experimental 30-line television. The signal ran from John Logie Barid’s Long Acre studio via Savoy Hill and the 2LO medium-wave transmitter at Selfridges.
1993 Sharon Stone’s much-hyped thriller ‘Basic Instinct’ was released in cinemas across the UK.
1940 Winston Churchill paid tribute to the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain, saying ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few’.
1983 Treasure hunters in Lisbon found the wreck of the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes which contained an estimated £100 million worth of silver coins.
1994 The British library announced it was to stop its practice of collecting a copy of every book, magazine snd journal printed in Britain because of lack of space.