Famous People Who Died on August 20th in History

Dying is just like taxes in the respect that it is going to happen to you and me. Over history, we realize it doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to face death. Famous people have no secret weapon against death. They are just like you and I. They will die. We will die. Death is a part of life. However, many of us look forward to eternal life in Heaven. After we all pass from this world, I hope to meet each one of you in a better place called Heaven.

We Live And We Die

Nobody Lives Forever

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What Happened Today in History?

1794 Battle of Fallen Timbers – American troops force a confederacy of Shawnee, Mingo, Delaware, Wyandot, Miami, Ottawa, Chippewa, and Potawatomi warriors into a disorganized retreat.

1858 Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace’s same theory.

1866 President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil War over.

1920 The National Football League, (NFL), is founded in the United States. Are you ready for some football?

1938 Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam – a record that still stands.

1977 Voyager Program: NASA launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft.


1502-1572 Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, Spanish conquistador, he made the Philippines the capital of the Spanish East Indies in 1571, it is interesting to me that my wife’s maiden name is Legaspi

1591- 1643 Anne Hutchinson, English Puritan preacher

1729-1811 Louis Antoine de Bougainville, French explorer

1829-1912 William Booth, English founder of the Salvation Army

1854-1915 Paul Ehrlich, German scientist, Nobel laureate, he is noted for curing syphilis and for his research in autoimmunity

1882-1961 Percy Williams Bridgman was an American physicist who won the 1946 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the physics of high pressures. He also wrote extensively on the scientific method and on other aspects of the philosophy of science

1906-1989 George Adamson was a British wildlife conservationist and author. He and his wife Joy Adamson are best known through the movie Born Free and best-selling book with the same title

1925-2001 Kim Stanley, American actress

1920-2007 Leona Helmsley, American hotel operator and real estate investor

1942-2007 Larry Hartsell, American martial artist, bodyguard, trainer, student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto

1945-2008 Gene Upshaw, American football player and union leader

1927-2008 Ed “Too Tall” Freeman, former U.S. Army helicopter pilot and Medal of Honor recipient

1940-2009 Larry Knechtel was an American keyboard player and bassist, best known for his work as a session musician with such artists as Simon & Garfunkel, Duane Eddy, The Beach Boys, The Mamas & the Papas, The Partridge Family, The Doors, and Elvis Presley, and as a member of the 1970s band, Bread

This is series of famous people who died was inspired by Faye Farley who writes about famous people who were born on the same dates. Each day I will make a list of the famous people who died on the particular day with a link to her story about who was born on a particular day. Today’s famous deaths will be linked to her September 27 story because she has not made it to October yet. Click hereto check out Faye’s writing




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