Aug 20, Diana Nyad succeeded in her 3rd attempt to swim from the Bahamas to Florida.
Aug 20, Conjoined twins Angela and Amy Lakeberg were separated at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in an operation that scarified Amy, since the sisters shared a common heart and liver tissue. Angela died in June 1994.
Aug 20, Susan McDougal was sentenced in Little Rock, Ark., to two years in prison in a Whitewater fraud case. She served three months of that sentence, but also 18 months for con-tempt for refusing to answer questions about President Clinton.
Aug 20, Monica Lewinsky went before a grand jury for a second round of explicit testimony about her White House trysts with President Clinton.
Aug 20, The US won the women’s overall team gold medal at the World Gymnastics Championships in Anaheim, Calif.; Romania took the silver medal and Australia, the bronze.
Aug 20, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Polish counterpart signed a deal to build a US missile defense base in Poland, an agreement that prompted an infuriated Russia to warn of a possible attack against the former Soviet satellite. The deal included an American Patriot anti-aircraft and anti-missile battery in Poland.
Aug 20, Stephanie Tubbs Jones (b.1949), Ohio’s first black congresswoman, died in Cleveland following a brain haemorrhage. She was first elected in 1998.
Aug 20, In South Africa some 2,000 women draped sexy lingerie over their street clothes and marched through Cape Town, bringing the international “SlutWalks” campaign against the notion that a woman’s appearance can excuse attacks to a country where rape is seen as a national crisis.
Aug 20, A Chinese court handed Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced political leader Bo Xilai, a suspended death sentence for murder in a case that has rocked the Communist party ahead of a 10-yearly power handover. Zhang Xiaojun, an employee of the Bo family charged with helping Gu to poison Heywood, was found guilty and sentenced to nine years in jail while four police officers were convicted of attempting to cover up the murder.