On this day: August 20

Published On: Aug 19 2012 02:46:11 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 20 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

Charles Darwin publishes his theory of evolution, the NFL is founded, Lou Gehrig belts his 23rd career grand slam and NASA heads for Mars, all on this day.

OTD August 20 - Sudan
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1998: The United States launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan (pictured) in retaliation for the Aug. 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

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