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On this day: August 20

POSTED: 12:46 AM PDT Aug 19, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 19, 2013 

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 - Tchaikovsky
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1882: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" debuts in Moscow. The song is best known for its climactic volley of cannon fire, ringing chimes, and brass fanfare finale.

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