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August 20th, 2002EventA 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, 1998EventThe Supreme Court of Canada states Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government s approval.
August 20th, 1998EventU.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, 1997EventSouhane massacre in Algeria; over 60 people killed, 15 kidnapped.
August 20th, 1993EventAfter 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, 1991EventCollapse 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, 1991EventEstonia secedes from the Soviet Union.
August 20th, 1988Event"Black Saturday" of the Yellowstone fire in Yellowstone National Park
August 20th, 1988EventPeru becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
August 20th, 1988EventIran-Iraq War: A cease-fire is agreed to after almost eight years of war.

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