Here’s a thanks to you, dear internet

I’m excited to share that @thatvirtualboy reached 100 followers on Twitter today! Sure it’s a relatively small achievement, but your support means a whole lot! It’s not easy keeping a blog, let alone one worth reading by your peers. Thanks for your support!

In celebration of today’s accomplishment, here are other notable moments for this day in history =)

August 20

917 A Byzantine counter-offensive is routed by Syeon at Anchialus, Bulgaria.
1619 The first group of twenty Africans is brought to Jamestown, Virginia.
1667 John Milton publishes Paradise Lost, an epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve.
1741 Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering, commisioned by Peter the Great of Russia to find land connecting Asia and North America, discovers America.
1794 American General “Mad Anthony” Wayne defeats the Ohio Indians at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in the Northwest territory, ending Indian resistance in the area.
1847 General Winfield Scott wins the battle of Churubusco on his drive to Mexico City.
1904 Dublin’s Abbey Theatre is founded, an outgrowth of the Irish Literary Theatre founded in 1899 by William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory.
1908 The American Great White Fleet arrives in Sydney, Australia, to a warm welcome.
1913 700 feet above Buc, France, parachutist Adolphe Pegond becomes the first person to jump from an airplane and land safely.
1914 Russia wins an early victory over Germany at Gumbinnen.
1940 After a previous machine gun attack failed, exiled Russian Leon Trotsky is assassinated in Mexico City, with an alpine ax to the back of the head.
1940 Radar is used for the first time, by the British during the Battle of Britain. Also on this day, in a radio broadcast, Winston Churchill makes his famous homage to the Royal Air Force: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
Born on August 20
1833 Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States and grandson of President William Henry Harrison.
1886 Paul Tillich, theologian and philosopher who wrote Systematic Theology.
1890 H.P. Lovecraft, author of horror tales; created the Cthulhu mythos.
1905 Jack Teagarden, jazz trombonist.
1941 Slobodan Milocevic, President of Serbia (1989–1997) and of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1997–2000); tried by UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for war crimes but died before trial concluded.
1942 Isaac Hayes, composer, musician, actor, voice-over actor; co-wrote “Soul Man,” won Academy Award for his composition  “Theme from Shaft.”
1944 Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minster of India.
1952 John Hiatt, singer/songwriter (“Have a Little Faith in Me”).
1954 Al Roker, weatherman (Today on NBC; Weather Channel).
1958 Patricia Rozema, film director, screenwriter (Mansfield Park).
1974 Amy Adams, actress; multiple nominations for Academy Awards, Golden Globe and BAFTA awards (EnchantedThe Fighter).



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