- A biographical documentary “100 Years of Chrysostum” will receive Guinness Award in the category of longest documentary.
- Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched government’s flagship programme Village Volunteers system.
- China launches rocket for commercial use-CCTV.
Sadbhavana Diwas (birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi) would be celebrated all over the India on 20th of August.
The Sadbhavana (means having good feelings for others) Diwas or Harmony Day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of the earlier Prime Minister of India named Rajiv Gandhi.
Rajiv Ratna Gandhi (20 August 1944 – 21 May 1991) was the Prime Minister of India, serving from 1984 to 1989.
He took office after the 1984 assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to become the youngest Indian Prime Minister.
His maternal grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru was also the Prime Minister of India.
20 August 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.
- 2001 Died : Kim Stanley, American actress of stage and screen. She was the narrator in Robert Mulligan‘s drama film To Kill a Mockingbird.
- 2001 Died : Fred Hoyle, English astronomer best known for the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis. He is credited with coining the term ‘Bing Bang‘.