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20 Aug 1879

Italy
  • Carlo Geloso was born in Palermo, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1903

China
  • Zhang Lingfu was born in Dongda Village, Dongda County, Shaanxi Province, Qing Dynasty China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1904
  • Charles Burnett was seconded to the West African Frontier Force. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1905

Japan
  • Prince Hiroyasu was assigned to the armored cruiser Niitaka. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1914

United States
  • Joseph Stilwell disembarked RMS Ivernia at Boston, Massachusetts, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1918

Japan
  • Settsu was assigned to Battleship Division 2 of the First Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1919

Taiwan
  • General Jiro Akashi was named the commanding officer of the newly-formed Taiwan Army with Major General Koichiro Soda as his chief of staff. ww2dbase [CPC]
20 Aug 1921

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort became one of the rare few during this period who were transferred from the naval reserve into the United States Navy. He was given the rank of ensign. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1924

Japan Korea
  • General Soroku Suzuki was named the commanding officer of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea, relieving Shinnosuke Kikuchi. ww2dbase [CPC]
Taiwan
  • Lieutenant General Takaichi Kanno was named the commanding officer of the Taiwan Army. ww2dbase [CPC]

20 Aug 1924 Interactive Map

20 Aug 1926

United States
  • Joseph Stilwell boarded USAT Thomas in the United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1929 Japan
20 Aug 1931

Japan
  • Masafumi Arima was made the gunnery officer of Asama. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1935
  • Roger Backhouse was made the Commander-in-Chief of the Home Fleet, with his flag aboard battleship HMS Nelson. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1937 China
  • China was divided into five war areas for the purpose of organizing defense. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Liu Cuigang, flying a Hawk III fighter, shot down a Japanese fighter and an E8N seaplane from seaplane carrier Kamoi after he dropped a 500-pound bomb on a Japanese troop concentration in Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • Nachi departed Nagoya, Japan with the headquarters company and 1st company of 6th Infantry Regiment of Japanese Army 3rd Division aboard. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Aug 1937
Chinese soldier in Shanghai, China, 1937

20 Aug 1937 Interactive Map

20 Aug 1938
  • USS Enterprise crossed the Equator off Brazil. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Japanese 106th Division under Yasuji Okamura and the Japanese 101st Division launched an offensive in Jiangxi Province, China in an attempt to cut off Chinese troops in Nanxun and Wuning Railway. Chinese troops withdrew from Xinzi, Jiangxi Province after sundown, falling back toward Yikou. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1939
  • German leader Adolf Hitler personally asked Soviet leader Joseph Stalin to move up the date for the meeting of the respective foreign ministers, preferably to 22 Aug or 23 Aug from the originally-proposed 26 Aug. Meanwhile, Polish Foreign Minister Józef Beck formally rejected British and French request for Poland to allow Soviet troops to enter Poland in case of a German invasion. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Georgy Zhukov commenced a large-scale surprise offensive against Japanese forces in the Mongolia Area of China. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • The British turned over four Chinese nationals to the Japanese despite protest from the Chinese government. The four men had been accused of killing a pro-Japanese Chinese collaborationist. The four Chinese accused would soon be executed by the Japanese. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Aug 1939
Gauleiter Erich Koch, Govt Secretary Landfried, Govt Secretary Pfundtner, and Danzig Senate President Arthur Greiser inspecting a model of Königsberg while visting that German city, 20 Aug 1939
20 Aug 1940
  • German armed merchant cruiser Orion spotted British ship Turakina 350 miles east of New Plymouth, New Zealand, finally sinking her with gunfire and one torpedo after a prolonged chase; 38 crew members were killed. Despite knowing the New Zealand Navy might already be on the way, Orion's commanding officer nevertheless decided to remain in the area for 5 hours to rescue 21 of Turakina's survivors. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hermann Göring sent peace proposals to Britain via Dutch and Turkish foreign ministries, but the proposals were ignored by the British. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Joseph Stalin's political enemy Leon Trotsky was attacked in his home in Mexico with an ice axe by undercover NKVD agent Ramón Mercader. Trotsky would die on the next day. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British submarine HMS Cachalot torpedoed and sank German submarine U-51 in the Bay of Biscay 100 miles west of St. Nazaire, France, killing the entire crew of 43. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Theodor Osterkamp, the commanding officer of Jagdgeschwader 51, was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz). Forty-eight year old Osterkamp was one of only a handful of aviators to see combat in both World Wars. During the Great War he had been awarded both the Knight's Cross of the Royal Hohenzollern House Order with Swords and the Pour le Mérite, and finished the war with thirty kills to his name. In 1940 he added six more victories before his superiors insisted that his further career should be chairbound. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
China
  • Chinese communist forces launched the Hundred Regiments Offensive in Hebei and Shanxi Provinces in China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Luftwaffe leadership ordered that no more Ju 87 Stuka aircraft were to be sent into action over Britain, after suffering unsustainable loss rates; almost 60 were shot down in the past 11 days. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
United Kingdom
  • At 1445 hours, 190 German aircraft flew over the Thames Estuary in search of British shipping, but failed to find any; British fighters arrived and shot down five German aircraft. Meanwhile, RAF Manston in northeastern Kent, England, United Kingdom was attacked; 1 Spitfire fighter was shot down while attempting to defend the airfield. In total, 7 Luftwaffe aircraft and 3 RAF aircraft were lost today. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British Prime Minister Winston Churchill made the "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few" speech in the House of Commons in London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]

20 Aug 1940 Interactive Map

20 Aug 1941
  • German 250th Infantry Division, nicknamed "Blue Division" and consisted of Spanish volunteers, was formed and began to move to Poland. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The German siege of Leningrad, Russia began. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
France
  • After sundown, the Germans conducted another round-up of Jews in Paris, France. Their French passports were confiscated, and they would eventually be deported to the Drancy Concentration Camp and later to various concentration camps in Germany and Eastern Europe. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Japan Ukraine
  • German Eleventh Army captured Kherson, Ukraine. Romanian aircraft destroyed a Soviet armored train at Odessa Ukraine. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Photo(s) dated 20 Aug 1941
USS North Carolina at anchor, New York, New York, United States, 19-20 Aug 1941

20 Aug 1941 Interactive Map

20 Aug 1942
  • Mutsu sortied to hunt for USS Long Island which was delivering aircraft for Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, but failed to make contact. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Copahee was reclassified an auxiliary aircraft carrier with hull number ACV-12. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British ship City of Manila, damaged by German submarine U-406 on the previous day, sank 450 miles west of Portugal. A PBY Catalina aircraft of US Navy squadron VP-73 attacked German submarine U-464 with depth charges 250 miles west of the Faroe Islands between Britain and Iceland at 0530 hours, killing 2 men and damaging the submarine; U-464 was scuttled at 0815 hours after the 51 survivors abandoned ship; all survivors were captured by the British. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Tuscaloosa, USS Rodman, USS Emmons, and HMS Onslaught, carrying war goods for the Soviet Union, were spotted by German aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Karl Hermann Frank's son Wolf-Dietrich was born. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Ferdinand Schörner was awarded the Eastern Front medal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • 11 survivors in one of the three lifeboats from steam tanker Mirlo, lost to German submarine U-130 on 11 Aug 1942, were picked up by British armed trawler HMS Canna in the Atlantic Ocean. ww2dbase [HM]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • 770 Japanese troops under Colonel Kiyonao Ichiki reached within a few miles of Henderson Field at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands by 0430 hours. During the day, Henderson Field received 31 US Marine fighter aircraft (19 Wildcat fighters and 12 Dauntless dive bombers) from USS Long Island, allowing air supply and evacuation of wounded to begin between Espiritu Santo and Guadalcanal; the small air fleet at Henderson Field was dubbed "Cactus Air Force". In the evening, Ichiki gave the order to move foward, running into the US Marines defensive perimeter at Tenaru River by surprise around midnight. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Iceland
  • German submarine U-464 was sunk by US Navy pilot Lieutenant (jg) Robert Hopgood in Skerjafjord near Reykjavik, Iceland; 53 German crew members survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze completed a period of training in the Inland Sea in Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Saburo Kurusu arrived in Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Kichisaburo Nomura arrived in Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • The German 6.Armee began to attack Stalingrad, Russia, crossing the Don River by inflatable boats. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German bombers attacked Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Gunnel was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander John S. McCain, Jr. in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Aug 1942
HMS Dianthus at Liverpool, England, United Kingdom, mid to late Aug 1942; note bow damage sustained from ramming U-379US Marine Colonel Frank Goettge with captured Japanese currency, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Aug 1942US 1st Marine Division staff at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Aug 1942PT-109 stowed on board the Liberty Ship Joseph Stanton for transportation to the Pacific Ocean, Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States, 20 Aug 1942, photo 1 of 2
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20 Aug 1942 Interactive Map

20 Aug 1943
  • USS S-31 completed training services at Nouméa, New Caledonia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Gar sank a Japanese ship in daylight with one of three torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Otto Skorzeny returned to mainland Italy after being shot down by British fighters two days prior. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German Admiral Canaris' sources informed him that Benito Mussolini might be held prisoner on the island of Elba, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Admiral Chester Nimitz submitted a general plan for the invasion of the Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Baanga island, located just off western New Georgia in the Solomon Islands, was secured by elements of the US Army 43rd Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Six B-25 bombers of US 14th Air Force attacked Tianhe Airfield in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, claiming five Japanese fighters shot down over Guangzhou. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • German Army formed XXII Gebirgskorps in Greece; Hubert Lanz would soon be named its commanding officer. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of Air Group 9 departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo sank a small vessel with her deck guns in the Sea of Okhotsk; six nearby fishermen surrendered and were taken prisoner. Two hours later, she destroyed another small vessels. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Whale suffered some damage in the East China Sea during a typhoon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Ukraine
  • Soviet and German tanks engaged in combat in the fields near Kharkov, Ukraine; the Soviets were defeated after losing 184 T-34 tanks. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 20 Aug 1943
Allied Combined Chiefs of Staff in Quebec, Canada for the Quadrant Conference, Aug 1943Louis Mountbatten, John Dill, Hastings Ismay, Ernest King, Henry Arnold, William Leahy, Kenneth Stuart, Percy Nelles, and George Marshall at Château Frontenac during Quebec Conference, Canada, Aug 1943Franklin Roosevelt, the Earl of Athlone, Mckenzie King, and Winston Churchill on the terrace at the Citadelle, Quebec, Canada, Aug 1943Chinese General P. Kiang and Canadian factory worker June
See all photos dated 20 Aug 1943

20 Aug 1943 Interactive Map

20 Aug 1944
  • USS Segundo completed taking on ammunition and supplies for a war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yuzuki was assigned to Destroyer Division 30 of Escort Squadron 31 of the Combined Fleet as the division's flagship under Captain Seiji Sawamura. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • French resistance fighters liberated Toulouse, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • At Falaise, France, Major David Currie became the only Canadian to win the Victoria Cross during the Normandy campaign. In three days of non-stop action, his little force of tanks, self-propelled anti-tank guns and infantry had destroyed seven Panzers, 12 heavy guns and 40 other vehicles, killing more than 1,000 of the enemy and taking 11,000 prisoners. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Remy Van Lierde became the commanding officer of No. 164 Squadron RAF. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US Liberty ship, SS Richard Montgomery, with a cargo of explosives, ran aground and broke her back on a sandbank off Sheerness, Kent, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [AC]
Australia
  • USS Cero arrived at Brisbane, Australia, ending her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
France
  • Blockship Foch was hit by two aerial bombs at the mouth of the Toulon harbor, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • The Falaise pocket in France began to close around German troops; the Allies captured over 4,000 prisoners of war. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • US 79th Division reached Seine River above Paris, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Charles De Gaulle landed at Cherbourg, France. Meeting Dwight Eisenhower later in the day, he convinced the Allied commander that the French capital of Paris should be a priority objective that should not be bypassed. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
  • Pierre Laval stepped down as the Prime Minister of France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Thirteen men of D-1, Unit 5, arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Japan
  • Captain Enpei Kanoka was named the commanding officer of Nachi while the ship was at Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 114 was launched. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 136 was completed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 144 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Gunnel attacked a Japanese transport in the South China Sea; all 9 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Poland
  • Members of the Armia Krajowa attacked the State Telephone Exchange high-rise building in Warsaw, Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Romania
  • 2nd Ukrainian Front and 3rd Ukrainian Front launched the Second Jassy-Kishinev Offensive into northeastern Romania. The Romanian 3rd Army was broken, while Axis shipping was attacked by Soviet aircraft on the Romanian coast. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Three V-1 flying bombs caused 16 deaths in the area around Twickenham Road, Feltham and Studeley Road in Stockwell, both of London, England, United Kingdom. Pilot Officer John Bilodeau RCAF (129 Squadron) flying Mustang III FB395/DV-Y fighter appeared to spin out of low cloud and crash into the sea, this was the squadron's first loss of a pilot whilst combatting the flying bombs. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | HM]
United States
  • USS Kete departed Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Aug 1944
The port of Brest, France after British aerial bombardment, circa late Aug 1944Charles de Gaulle spoke at the balcony of Hotel de Ville, Cherbourg, France, 20 Aug 1944WAVES personnel touring escort carrier Mission BayWAVES personnel examining aircraft propellers aboard escort carrier Mission Bay, 20 Aug 1944
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20 Aug 1944 Interactive Map

20 Aug 1945

China
  • Soviet forces declared the cities of Mukden (Liaoning Province), Changchun (Jilin Province), and Qiqihar (Nenjiang Province) in northeastern China secure. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • He Yingqin arrived in Zhijiang, Hunan Province, China and met with China Expeditionary Army representative Takeo Imai to negotiate surrender terms. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The final naval engagement of WW2 took place along the Chinese coast between Wenzhou and Shanghai between a Japanese-manned junk equipped with a howitzer and two smaller Sino-American junks each equipped with a bazooka (five rounds each) and various small arms. The Allies were of the US Navy Sino-American Special Technical Cooperative Organization (SACO) organization. The Japanese junk surrendered after 44 of its 83-men crew were killed; 35 were wounded. 4 Chinese were killed on the Allied side; 4 Chinese and 1 American were wounded. This was also the last US Navy engagement in a vessel powered by sail. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • General Yasuji Okamura ordered all units under his command to cooperate with Chinese Nationalists and to oppose any anti-Nationalist and anti-Japanese actions that might be taken by the Chinese Communists. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • The leadersihp of the newly created Republic of Indonesia decided to form the Badan Keamanan Rakjat, or the People's Security Organization, which was to become its army. ww2dbase [CPC]
French Indochina
  • Emperor Bao Dai of Vietnam sent messages to Allied leaders, urging them to recall the returning French colonial administration. In the message to Charles de Gaulle, he noted "You would understand better if you could see what is happening here, if you could feel this desire for independence which is in everyone's heart.... Even if you come to re-establish a French administration here, it will no longer be obeyed; each village will be a nest of resistance, each former collaborator an enemy, and your officials and colonists will themselves ask to leave this atmosphere which they will be unable to breathe." ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Thai Nguyen, Tonkin, French Indochina, communist leader Vo Nguyen Giap disrupted a previously peaceful Vietnamese-Japanese transfer of power negotiation by ordering his Viet Minh troops to fire on the Japanese personnel. The Japanese fell back into the building and became besieged. Meanwhile, to the south in Hanoi, the Viet Minh began to consolidate its recently gained power over Hanoi by massacring Dai Viet supporters and broadcasting pro-communist/anti-French propaganda. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Chinese occupation troops began moving into Tonkin, French Indochina. They met some resistance from Viet Minh personnel in the upper Red River region. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Laotian nationalist groups Lao Issara and Lao-pen-Lao took control of Savannakhet and Thakhek ahead of the incoming Chinese occupation forces and French colonial administrators. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hong Kong
  • Continuing the retaliation of an attack on Japanese troops on the previous day, Lieutenant Chozaburo Matsumoto ordered the execution of So Po Wa and Leung Tung Cheong at Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. The execution was carried out by Sergeant Major Hiroshi Uchida. ww2dbase [CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • I-401 received orders to report in with her current location. Tatsunosuke Ariizumi, commanding officer of 6th Fleet who was aboard the submarine, did not respond. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • Joseph Stalin signed the final GKO order (No. 9887) making Lavrentiy Beria the head of State Committees No. 1 (atomic research), No. 2 (jet engine research), and No. 3 (radio location equipment development); he no longer held direct authority over counterintelligence. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Pavel Meshik was named the deputy head of the Soviet 1st Main Directorate for the construction of atomic weapons. ww2dbase [CPC]
Singapore
  • The Singapore-based Japanese newspaper Syonan Shimbun announced the surrender and reproduced the transcript of the Imperial Rescript. ww2dbase [CPC]
Taiwan
  • Subhash Chandra Bose was cremated in the main crematorium of Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Percy Hobart's British 79th (Experimental) Armoured Division Royal Engineers was disbanded. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin announced to the Parliament that the treatment of Thailand would depend on Thailand's willingness to cooperate with Allied authorities and its willingness to rebuild the entire region's economy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Aug 1945
Members of the Australian Mission Group at the Japanese surrender talks, Japan, 20 Aug 1945; left to right: Cdre John Collins, Lt Gen Frank Berryman, Capt Roy Dowling, Air Cdre Raymond BrownellSoviet troops flying the red flag atop the train station at Harbin, Songjiang, China, circa 20 Aug 1945, photo 1 of 2Soviet troops flying the red flag atop the train station at Harbin, Songjiang, China, circa 20 Aug 1945, photo 2 of 2USS Missouri (left) transferring 200 sailors and officers to USS Iowa (right) off Japan, 20 Aug 1945; the transferring personnel were either part of occupation force or simply to make space for the surrender ceremony
See all photos dated 20 Aug 1945

20 Aug 1945 Interactive Map

20 Aug 1946
  • Joseph Stalin explained that Vsevolod Merkulov's dismissal in May 1946 was due to his dishonesty during the war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Ceylon
  • Rohan Amerasekera became the assistant aerodrome officer at the Ratmalana Airport in Ceylon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • Vojtech Tuka was execute by hanging. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1947
  • The Doctors' Trial ended in Nuremberg, in which an United States military court found 16 of the 20 doctors and 3 Nazi officials guilty of human experimentation. 7 were given death sentences and 9 were given prison sentences. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1949

United States
  • USS Sea Robin arrived at New London, Connecticut, United States and joined Submarine Squadron 8. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1952
  • USS Iowa took on 9 wounded sailors from USS Thompson, which was damaged by Chinese artillery off Korea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
France
  • Capitaine de vaisseau Béret was named the commanding officer of Jeanne d'Arc. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1955

France
  • Capitaine de vaisseau Burin des Roziers was named the commanding officer of Jeanne d'Arc. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1959
20 Aug 1965

United States
  • USS Wasp hosted 12 United States Congressmen. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1967
20 Aug 1968

United States
  • USS Wasp departed Naval Air Station Quonset Point, Rhode Island, United States for Silvertower NATO exercise in European waters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
20 Aug 1992

Germany
  • Walter Grabmann passed away in Munich, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

20 Aug 1992 Interactive Map

20 Aug 2005

Photo(s) dated 20 Aug 2005
Lugou Bridge, near Beijing, China, 20 Aug 2005

20 Aug 2005 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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