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This Day in History for August 20

1866 – President Andrew Johnson formally declares US Civil War over.

1896 – Dial telephone patented.

1912 – Plant Quarantine Act goes into effect.

1925 – WJR-AM in Detroit, Michigan begins radio transmissions.

1929 – 1st airship flight around Earth flying eastward completed.

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.

1942 – Dim-out regulations implemented in San Francisco.

1948 – US expels Soviet Consul General in New York, Jacob Lomakin.

1964 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act, an anti-poverty measure totaling nearly $1 billion.

1971 – FBI covert investigation of journalist Daniel Schorr.

1974 – Nelson Rockefeller is selected as US Vice President by President Gerald Ford.

1975 – Viking 1 launched to orbit around Mars, soft landing.

1978 – Mark Vinchesi of Amherst, Mass. keeps a Frisbee aloft 15.2 seconds.

1980 – Pittsburgh Pirates Omar Moreno steals record 70 bases for 3rd consecutive season.

1985 – NY Met Dwight Gooden strikes out 16 on way to his 13th consecutive win.

1986 – Postal worker Patrick Sherrill shot 14 fellow workers dead in Edmond, Oklahoma.

1989 – Janet B. Evans swims female world record 800m freestyle (8:16.22)

1993 – Oslo Peace Accords signed, after secret negotiations in Norway, followed by a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. the following month.

1998 – U.S. embassy bombings: US military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for August 7 bombing of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

2015 – 30 students at West Point Military Academy are injured in a mass pillow fight.

2018 – Colorado man Christopher Lee Watts is charged with the murder of his wife and two daughters.

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