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About August 20th, 2008, in brief:

  • Historical events: Spanair Flight 5022 from Madrid to Gran Canaria skids off of the runway and crashes at Barajas Airport. The crash results in the deaths of 146 people and 8 more. Only 18 survivors survive the crash.
  • Day of the week: August 20th, 2008 was a Wednesday
  • Zodiac Sign: Leo (in western zodiac), Rat (in Chinese zodiac)
  • Famous Birthdays: Andrew Garfield, Amy Adams
  • Moon Phase: Last Quarter
  • #1 US song: Disturbia by Rihanna
  • Popular movie: The Wrestler directed by Darren Aronofsky

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What day of the week was August 20, 2008?

August 20, 2008 was a Wednesday and it was the 233rd day of the year 2008 in the Gregorian calendar.

August 20, 2008 can also be written as 8/20/2008 in the US and as 20/8/2008 in UK and Europe.

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August 20, 2008: What happened on that day?

Here's what happened on August 20, 2008:

  • Spanair flight 5022 from madrid to gran canaria skids off of the runway and crashes at barajas airport. the crash results in the deaths of 146 people and 8 more. only 18 survivors survive the crash.
  • Los angeles: leroi moore, a saxophonist and founding member of dave matthews band, has died at 46 from complications following a june vehicle accident.
  • The united states and poland agree to establish a missile defense station on polish territory. russia warns that it will not be satisfied with diplomacy.
  • Two bombings in bouira, algeria, have left at least 11 dead and 31 others injured.
  • The united kingdom competition commission recommends baa limited sell two of its three south east england airports (heathrow and gatwick) and one of its scottish airports, either edinburgh airport or glasgow international airport, due to concerns about competition.
  • 2008 south ossetia war:
  • Human rights watch alleges that russia and georgia violated civilian rights during the conflict. the georgian ground offensive in south ossetia saw the bombardment of tskhinvali (the capital of south ossetia), with grad rocket systems, and the 'indiscriminate use' of tanks in the city. this resulted in 'numerous civilian casualties and extensive destruction. hrw states that there was a hospital, apartments, houses, schools and kindergartens as well as shops, administrative buildings, and the uni
  • The 2008 summer olympics saw usain bolt, jamaica, win the 200-meter race. this set a new world record.
  • Spanair flight jk5022, with 178 passengers on board, crashes at madrid's barajas international airport. this caused 154 deaths.
  • Amnesty international, a worldwide human rights movement, reported that the georgian army's assault on tskhinvali resulted in '14 hours' of bombardment of the city. amnesty international continues to gather information about the civilian casualties and bombings of nonmilitary targets that led to civilian deaths and destruction of buildings.
  • Russia rejected the un security council draft resolution on georgia because it didn't include the entire text of the eu-brokered ceasefire agreement (bbc news). russia then submitted its own draft resolution, based on the medvedev/sarkozy plan.
  • Medvedev: russian troops will leave georgia by friday.
  • Russia is closer to recognising full independence of abkhazia/south ossetia as both regions will hold rallies in support of independence within days.
  • At a special meeting in vienna, the 56 member countries of the organization for security and co-operation in europe agreed tuesday to send 100 additional monitors for georgia.
  • After a 2-hour-long detention, lado vardzelashvili, the georgian governor of shida kartli region was released by russian soldiers.
  • Spanair flight 5022, from madrid, spain to gran canaria, skids off the runway and crashes at barajas airport. of the 172 people on board, 146 die immediately, and eight more later die of injuries sustained in the crash.

August 20, 2008: What were the magazines covers that day?

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August 20, 2008: What were the stock market quotes and exchange rates that day?

Stock market quotes on August 20, 2008:

  • ExxonMobil XOM: opens at $78.54
  • Apple AAPL: opens at $174.77
  • Microsoft MSFT: opens at $27.54
  • General Electric GE: opens at $28.74
  • International Business Machines IBM: opens at $123.50

Exchange Rates on August 20, 2008:

  • 1 USD = 109.81 JPY
  • 1 USD = 1.0601 CAD
  • 1 USD = 1.0986 CHF
  • 1 USD = 6.8547 CNY
  • 1 EUR = 161.89 JPY

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August 20, 2008: What is The Zodiac Sign for that day?

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The Zodiac and Astrological sign for August 20th is Leo.

Leo is the 5th sign in the Western Zodiac. People born between July 23rd and August 22nd belong to the Leo sign: discover Leo personality and who should a Leo marry.

Babies born in August are either Leo or Virgo. People born before August 22nd are Leo, while people born from August 23rd have the sign of Virgo.

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August 20, 2008: What is the Chinese Zodiac Sign for that day?

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The Chinese Zodiac sign for August 20, 2008 is Rat and the associated element is Earth.

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August 20, 2008: What was the moon phase on that day?

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The moon phase on August 20, 2008 was Last Quarter.

The moon phase refers to the appearance of the Moon in the night sky on August 20, 2008 and is determined by the portion of the Moon's illuminated surface that is visible from Earth.

An observer located in New York City on August 20, 2008 at 10pm, would see the moon, being 75% full, rising at 09:21 pm and setting at 11:26 am.

The previous full moon was on Aug 16, 2008 while the next full moon would come on Sep 15, 2008.

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Who was born on August 20, 2008?

Whose famous birthday is on August 20th?

Famous individuals and celebrities born on August 20th:

  • Andrew Garfield
    Andrew Garfield

    Andrew garfield is a british-american actor known for his roles in the social network and the amazing spider-man series.

  • Amy Adams
    Amy Adams

    Amy adams is an american actress known for her versatile roles in films such as enchanted, american hustle, and arrival.

  • Demi Lovato
    Demi Lovato

    American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress.

  • Fred Durst
    Fred Durst

    Fred durst is an american singer best known as the lead vocalist of the band limp bizkit.

  • Misha Collins
    Misha Collins

    American actor and director.

  • Gerald McRaney
    Gerald McRaney

    Gerald mcraney is an american actor known for his roles in television series such as simon & simon, major dad, and this is us.

  • Ben Barnes
    Ben Barnes

    Ben barnes is an english actor known for his roles in the chronicles of narnia series and the tv series westworld.

  • James Marsters
    James Marsters

    James marsters is an american actor best known for his role as the vampire spike in the television series buffy the vampire slayer.

  • Ron Paul
    Ron Paul

    American politician and physician, paul is an active member and nominee of the libertarian party for president in 1988.

  • Joan Allen
    Joan Allen

    American actress who can play both lead and supporting roles on screen and stage.

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How old is someone born on August 20, 2008?

Someone born on August 20, 2008 is:

15 years 10 months old,

or 190 months and 1 day old,

or 826 weeks and 2 days old,

or 5784 days old,

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How many days until your next birthday if you were born on August 20, 2008?

There are 60 days until your next birthday, which will occur on Tuesday August 20th 2024.

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What generation do you belong to if you were born on August 20, 2008?

You belong to the Gen Z generation if you were born on August 20, 2008.

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August 20, 2008: What famous people died on that day?

Famous people died on August 20, 2008:

  • Stefhanie Tubbs Jones

    First African-American woman to represent Ohio in the U.S.

  • Ed Freeman

    American soldier and pilot, medal of honor recipient (b. 1927).

  • Hua Guofeng

    Chinese politician, 2nd premier of the people's republic of china (b. 1921).

  • Gene Upshaw

    American football player and leader of the union (born 1945).

  • Ed ''Too Tall'' Freeman

    Former u.s.

  • Mario Bertok
  • Edward Jaworski
  • Tino Sangiglio
  • Locke Olson
  • Marshall Brown
  • Larry Hennessy
  • Hua Guofeng (华国锋 Su Zhu (苏铸)
  • Pierre-André Boutang

What famous deaths happened on August 20th?

Famous deaths on August 20th:

  • Phyllis Diller
    Phyllis Diller

    American comedian who burst onto the stage in san francisco in 1954 wearing a sequined minidress, an orange fright-wig and gold ankle-high...

  • Jerry Lewis
    Jerry Lewis

    American comedian, writer, actor and producer.

  • Ilona Massey
    Ilona Massey

    Hungarian-born American actress and singer who appeared in several Hollywood films.

  • Ulla Jacobsson
    Ulla Jacobsson

    Swedish actress, perhaps most well-known for her role as the only female speaker in the film zulu.

  • Ruhama Goldberg

    Esteemed researcher in the field of biotechnology, known for groundbreaking discoveries.

  • Aulora Smith

    Bestselling author known for her captivating novels that have touched the hearts of many.

  • Elmore Leonard

    Elmore Leonard was a professional baseball pitcher who played in the Negro leagues.

  • Sircharles Sedley

    Celebrated playwright of the Restoration era.

  • Duru Bilge

    Renowned Turkish novelist and playwright.

  • Otillia Lindemann

    Renowned German soprano known for her performances in leading opera houses.

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August 20, 2008: What are the Holidays, Observances and Saints celebrated on that day?

Holidays on August 20, 2008:

  • Morocco - Revolution of the King and the People Day
  • RC saints - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
  • Estonia - Restoration Day
  • Hungary - St. Stephen's day, the main national holiday in Hungary
  • Bahá'f Faith - Feast of Asmá (Names) - First day of the ninth month of the Bahá'f Calendar
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August 20, 2008: Number 1 song on that day

The number 1 song on August 20, 2008 is the best selling or most popular song as resulting from the music charts in the week August 18th and August 24th. It changes depending on Countries, Music Genres and methodology used to rank the most popular song (for ex., sales, streaming).

August 20, 2008: What was the number 1 song in the USA on that day?

The number 1 song in the USA on August 20, 2008 was Disturbia by Rihanna, according to the music chart for the week August 18th and August 24th.

August 20, 2008: What was the music chart in the USA on that day?

The music chart in the USA on August 20, 2008 is the list of the most popular songs across all genres for the week August 18th and August 24th. It included the following Top 5 songs:

  1. - Disturbia youtube
  2. - Forever
  3. - I Kissed A Girl
  4. - Take A Bow
  5. - Paper Planes

August 20, 2008: What was the number 1 R&B song on that day?

The number 1 R&B song on August 20, 2008 was A Milli by Lil Wayne, according to the R&B music chart for the week August 18th and August 24th.

August 20, 2008: What was the R&B music chart on that day?

The R&B music chart on August 20, 2008 is the list of the most popular R&B songs for the week August 18th and August 24th. It included the following Top 5 R&B songs:

  1. - A Milli
  2. - Heaven Sent
  3. - Take A Bow
  4. - Put On
  5. - Need U Bad

August 20, 2008: What was the number 1 Latin song on that day?

The number 1 Latin song on August 20, 2008 was Te Quiero by Flex, according to the Latin music chart for the week August 18th and August 24th.

August 20, 2008: What was the Latin music chart on that day?

The Latin music chart on August 20, 2008 is the list of the most popular Latin songs for the week August 18th and August 24th. It included the following Top 5 Latin songs:

  1. - Te Quiero
  2. - Para Siempre
  3. - Si No Te Hubieras Ido
  4. - No Me Doy Por Vencido
  5. - Pose

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August 20, 2008: What were the most popular TV Series on that day?

The most popular TV Series on August 20, 2008 were the Televisions Series released on TV close to that day characterized by high ratings, critical acclaim and a large fan base.. They included:

Raising the Bar

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Clay Glen

Destroyed in Seconds

Release year: 2008

Spooks: Code 9

Release year: 2008

Under One Roof

Release year: 2008

Directed by: Todd Wilson


Release year: 2008

August 20, 2008: What were the most popular videogames on that day?

The most popular videogames on August 20, 2008 were those that achieved widespread recognition and player engagement close to that day, including:

Asphalt 4: Elite Racing

Asphalt 4: Elite Racing

Platform: BlackBerry OS, iOS, Java ME, Symbian OS, N-Gage 2.0, DSiWare

Genre: Racing

Publisher: Gameloft

Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden

Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden

Platform: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X

Genre: Role-playing game

Candace Kane's Candy Factory

Candace Kane's Candy Factory

Platform: Nintendo DS, Wii, Microsoft Windows

Genre: Action, Puzzle

Publisher: Destineer

Brain Challenge

Brain Challenge

Platform: Mobile phones, iOS, iPod, Mac OS X, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Network, PlayStation Portable, Xbox Live Arcade, N-Gage 2.0, WiiWare, Microsoft Windows, Zeebo, DSiWare, Cloud (OnLive)

Genre: Puzzle game

Publisher: Gameloft Ubisoft

Bella Sara

Bella Sara

Platform: Nintendo DS Microsoft Windows

Genre: Life simulation game Puzzle game

Publisher: Codemasters


Who was the US President on August 20, 2008?

On August 20, 2008 the US President was George W. Bush (Republican).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on August 20, 2008?

On August 20, 2008 the UK Prime Minister was Gordon Brown (Labour).

Who was the Pope on August 20, 2008?

On August 20, 2008 the Pope was Benedict XVI.


Back in 2008


What is special about August 20th?

August 20th refers to a specific date on the calendar, which is the 20th day of the month of August. It is a date that occurs annually and is part of the Gregorian calendar, which is widely used around the world.

Over the years several events happened on August 20th, such as:

  • 2018 - Terrorism in europe. a man storms into a mossos-d'esquadra station carrying a knife and is shot by an officer. the incident is being treated as an attempt to terrorist attack by police.
  • 2017 - Iraqi civil war: battle of tal afar 2017: iraqi security forces launch a ground offensive, along with shi'ite volunteers, kurdish peshmerga fighters and shi'ite volunteers, to retake tal afar from the islamic state of iraq (isil) militants. since the liberation of mosul, the city has been isolated and is now in the hands of isil.
  • 2016 - Gaziantep bombing. a suicide bomber attacks a kurdish wedding celebration at gaziantep in turkey, killing at least 22 and wounding 94. (reuters),

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What happened in 2008?

2008 was filled with very interesting events such as

  • The US$100 per barrel price for crude oil is the highest ever recorded.
  • The Democratic caucuses in Iowa, USA choose Barack Obama to be their presidential candidate on November 8. Hillary Clinton, the national front-runner, is third behind John Edwards. Mike Huckabee was chosen by the Republican caucuses over Mitt Romney.
  • Seldom seen snowfalls in southeast Florida, USA.

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What was the calendar for August 2008?

August 2008 followed the same calendar system as the rest of that year and the years surrounding it, with August being the 8th month of the year. This calendar is characterized by 12 months, 365 days in a common year, and 366 days in a leap year, such as 2012.

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