August 20-26, 2017 (week 34) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.


On this day August 20-26, 2017 (week 34)

By Fiona Roberts

August 20, 2017 - August 26, 2017 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day of the week. This week features the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union, the Battle of Stalingrad in WWII, the discovery of the city of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the seizure of Gaddafi’s Tripoli compound, the destruction of the historic town of Amatrice in Italy by an earthquake, the first CT scan, and the opening of the world’s tallest suspension bridge in Turkey.

August 20, 1968: Troops from the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring” reform movement

August 21, 1942: The Battle of Stalingrad began. Over two million people died in the bloodiest battle in human history, in which Soviet forces inflicted the Nazis’ first major defeat of WWII

August 22, 1812: Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt discovered the city of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World that had lain hidden for the best part of a millennium

August 23, 2011: Libyan rebels seized Muammar Gaddafi’s Tripoli compound, with its iconic statue of a crushed U.S. plane, but the embattled dictator escaped via underground tunnels

August 24, 2016: A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy, killing 300 people and leaving thousands homeless. The historic town of Amatrice was mostly destroyed

August 25, 1973: The first scan was made using CT (computed tomography) a procedure that uses computer-processed x-rays to create virtual “slices” of areas inside the body

August 26, 2016: The Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, the world's tallest suspension bridge, was opened to traffic in Istanbul. It is the city’s third bridge across the Bosphorus

PUBLISHED: 14/08/2017; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Newscom, Getty, Associated Press
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