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 - Sudan
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Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters

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

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