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|August 20th, 2002||Event||A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein take over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages and giving up.|
|August 20th, 1998||Event||The Supreme Court of Canada states Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government s approval.|
|August 20th, 1998||Event||U.S. embassy bombings: The United States military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum is destroyed in the attack.|
|August 20th, 1997||Event||Souhane massacre in Algeria; over 60 people killed, 15 kidnapped.|
|August 20th, 1993||Event||After rounds of secret negotiations in Norway, the Oslo Peace Accords were signed, followed by a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. the next month.|
|August 20th, 1991||Event||Collapse of the Soviet Union, August Coup: More than 100,000 people rally outside the Soviet Union s parliament building protesting the coup aiming to depose President Mikhail Gorbachev.|
|August 20th, 1991||Event||Estonia secedes from the Soviet Union.|
|August 20th, 1988||Event||"Black Saturday" of the Yellowstone fire in Yellowstone National Park|
|August 20th, 1988||Event||Peru becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.|
|August 20th, 1988||Event||Iran-Iraq War: A cease-fire is agreed to after almost eight years of war.|
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