On This Day: August 20th

August 20th:

1619- 1st known African Americans in English North America (approx. 20) land at Point Comfort (Fort Monroe), Virginia. They are then sold or traded into servitude.

1866- President Andrew Johnson formally declares US Civil War over

1597- 1st Dutch East India Company ships return from the Far East

1672- Former Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis are brutally murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.

1781- George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis

1896- Dial telephone patented

1908- America’s Great White Fleet arrives in Sydney, Australia, to be greeted with a tremendous welcome; 221 American sailors desert to remain in Australia

1913- 1st pilot to parachute from an aircraft (Adolphe Pégoud, France)

1920- 1st US commercial radio station, 8MK (WWJ), Detroit begins daily broadcasting

1920- Israel publishes its first medical journal “Ha-Refuah”

1939- 1st black bowling league formed (National Bowling Assoc)

1940- Louis Buchalter is indicted on murder charges in Los Angeles for the killing of Harry Greenberg, a mob associate of casino owner Meyer Lansky and mobster Bugsy Siegel

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