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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Today in History: August 20

1833: Some 40 Virginia slaves, let by Nat Turner, rise in revolt.  State troops crush the rebellion in two days, and Turner is later captured, hanged, and skinned.

1833: Future Indiana lawyer and U.S. President Benjamin Harrison is born at North Bend, Ohio.

1920: The first commercial radio station goes on the air in Detroit, Michigan, with the words, "This is 8Mk calling."  Broadcasting at 980 kHz from the second floor of the Detroit News building, today it's known as WWJ.

1926: Japan's state-owned Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai (NHK) radio network, modeled on Britain's BBC, goes on the air.

1940: Leon Trotsky, who lost the battle to control the Soviet Union's Communist party with Josef Stalin, is killed with a sawed-off ice ax by a Soviet agent in his study in Mexico City.

1968: The "Prague Spring" ends when 200,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 5,000 tanks invade Czechoslovakia.

1993: The public is overjoyed to learn that peace in the Middle East has been achieved with the signing of the Oslo Peace Accords.

2004: Regis Philbin sets the record for most hours in front of a TV camera, at 15,188.  Cream always rises to the top.

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