On this day August 16-22, 2020 (week 34) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.


On this day August 16-22, 2020 (week 34)

August 16, 2020 - August 22, 2020 - This week features the economy of Japan, Indonesia’s independence from the Netherlands, the first oral contraceptive, immigration to Europe due to the Syrian war, wildfires in the Amazon, the first African-American player to be admitted to the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association, and the dicovery of the city of Petra by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt.

August 16, 2010: China overtook Japan as the world’s second-largest economy. emerging as a superpower as other nations struggled to emerge from the global recession

August 17, 1945: Dr Sukarno declared Indonesia independent from the Netherlands. Appointed president, he led efforts to resist Dutch re-colonization after World War II

August 18, 1960: The first oral contraceptive went on sale in the United States. The pill is now the most popular form of birth control, used by over 100 million women worldwide

August 19, 2015: The EU border agency reported that more than 107,500 migrants reached Europe in July. 50,000, mostly refugees fleeing the war in Syria, arrived in Greece alone

August 20, 2019: Multiple wildfires in the Amazon rainforest destroyed vast tracts of land while smoke from the blazes darkened skies over major cities across Brazil

August 21, 1950: Future Wimbledon champion Althea Gibson became the first African-American player to be admitted to the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association

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

PUBLISHED: 03/08/2020; DESIGN: Phil Bainbridge; PICTURE RESEARCH: Julie Mullins; EVENT SELECTION: Fiona Roberts and Susan Shepherd; PROOFING: Julie Mullins; TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION: Fiona Roberts;STORY: Julie Mullins; PICTURES: Newscom, Getty, Associated Press