On this day: August 20

POSTED: 12:46 AM PDT Aug 19, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 19, 2016 

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 - Leona Helmsley
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2007: Leona Helmsley dies from congestive heart failure at age 87 in Greenwich, Connecticut. The hotel operator and real estate investor was known for her flamboyant personality and tyrannical behavior -- earning her the nickname "Queen of Mean" -- and was convicted of federal income tax evasion in 1989.


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