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Important Days In August 2020 Of National & International Importance; Here's The Full List

Important days in August 2020 are numerous. See the list of significant days in August & not miss anything important like Friendship's Day, Independence Day etc

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Each year there are several important days which hold more importance than others. Be it a festival, a historically significant day or a day of national importance, every month has some Important days. Very often, we are unaware of such special days unless we read about them somewhere or if someone tells us about them. But this should not be the case, as in this fast-paced life, we need to be well-informed about the special days in a month which require our attention.

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August is the eight-month of an annual year which consists of 31 days overall and is named after Augustus Caesar, a royal person. Talking about important days in August 2020, there are a number of special days in August apart from Independence Day, like ‘National Sports Day', 'Friendship’s Day' amongst several others that one needs to know about for improving their overall general knowledge. 

Keeping a tab on important days in August 2020 alongside other months will not only help us stay updated but can also cater to one’s preparation for competitive exams.

Important Days in August 2020

1 August - National Mountain Climbing Day and Yorkshire Day

National Mountain Climbing Day is celebrated on 1 August in order to honour Bobby Mathews, Josh Madigan. The two men climbed the 46 High Peaks of New York State's Adirondack Mountains in 2015. Alongside this, another special day is celebrated on 1 August i.e the Yorkshire Day, a day to celebrate U.K’s largest country.

4 August (First Sunday of August) - Friendship Day and U.S. Coast Guard Day


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One of the most important days in August 2020 is August 4. Two special days in August 2020, Friendship Day and U.S. Coast Guard Day are coincidently falling on the same day in August 2020. Friendships Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August every year. It is a day of friendship when friends promise to stick by each other's side through thick and thin by tying a friendship band and also spend the entire day together.

On the other hand, the U.S. Coast Guard Day is also observed on August 4 which is celebrated to recognise and acknowledge the creation of Revenue Marine. Since 1790 this day is celebrated after it was started by Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton.

6 August - Hiroshima Day

On August 6, 1945, due to a nuclear bomb attack, an entire city of Hiroshima in Japan was destroyed and thousands of people lost their lives. Hiroshima Day is observed on August 6 in the remembrance of those who lost their lives on this unfortunate day, decades ago.

7 August (First Friday of August) - International Beer Day


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Touted amongst the most famous days in August is the International Beer Day. As the name suggests, it is celebrated to sit back and enjoy with a glass of beer. Since 2007, the day is celebrated. The tradition started in California. The International Beer Day falls on the First Friday of August, this year it will be observed on August 7.

9 August - Quit India Movement Day

A highly significant day in the month of August which holds a special place in Indian history. On August 9, the Quit India Movement Day is observed, because on this day, back in 1942, the Quit India Movement was established at the All-India Congress Committee Session in Bombay.

9 August - Nagasaki Day

Counted in the list of important days in August 2020 is the Nagasaki Day. This day is observed every year on August 9 and is dedicated to those people who lost their lives in the nuclear attack by America in 1945.

9 August - Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Another important day in August is the Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples which is observed to promote individuals across the globe to raise awareness regarding the preservation and promotions of human rights made for indigenous people.

12 August - International Youth Day


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The International Youth Day is truly one of the most special days in August. This day is celebrated with a lot of gusto and galore globally to draw attention towards the growth and development of the young minds i.e. the youth of nations.

13 August - International Lefthanders Day

Considered as one the most special days in August is the International Lefthanders Day. A day to rejoice the unique character trait of a few individuals, who unlike the majority of the globe use their left hand as the dominant one. August 2020 will be 44th International Lefthanders Day. The days also helps in spreading awareness about obstacles one faces in life for using the left hand as the dominant one instead of right.

14  August - Youm-e-Azadi (Pakistan Independence Day)

India and Pakistan were one nation prior to its separation in 1947. Thus on 14 August, Pakistan celebrates its Independence, and a day later i.e. 15 August is celebrated as Independence Day in India.

15 August - Independence Day (India)


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It is considered as an important day of August, as it is the day India got independence from British rule in 1947. Counted amongst the most special days in August 2020, this year will the 73rd Independence Day for India as a free country.

15 August - National Day of mourning (Bangladesh)

A day dedicated in the remembrance of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Also known as Father of the Nation for Bangladesh. August 13 marks the death anniversary of Bangabandhu, who was brutally assassinated alongside his other family members in the year 1975.

15 August (UK) - Victory over Japan Day and Day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

World War II is one of the most catastrophic events in history. On 15 August the then US President, Harry S Truman announced their win over Japan in 1945. Since then this day is observed as the Victory over Japan Day. Apart from this, another important day is observed on 15 August and it is none other than the Day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. It is said to be believed that on this day, the Lord assumed Virgin Mary to be in heaven post the death. 

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16 August- Bennington Battle Day

A Day devoted to the Battle of Bennington held in 1777 on August 16 is known as the Bennington Battle Day. A revolutionary battle in American history, which was an indispensable part of the Saratoga campaign. It is observed on 16 August.

17 August - Indonesian Independence Day

As the name suggests, 17 August is celebrated as Indonesian Independence Day. Indonesia gained Independence in 1945 from the Dutch colonization.

19 August - World Photography Day


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Regarded amidst the most special days in August is World Photography Day. The Day is celebrated on 19 August internationally, wherein the people embrace the significance attached to photography in daily life.

19 August-World Humanitarian Day

A day dedicated to commemorate the contribution of individuals who sacrificed or lives for Humanitarian services is World Humanitarian Day. Celebrated on 19 August each annual year also acknowledge and recognise the female workers and women around the world, for their indispensable role in Humanitarian services.

20 August - World Mosquito Day


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A day observed in the honour of the man who discovered that the deadly disease of Malaria is spread through a mosquito bite. World Mosquito Day is observed each year on 20 August. It was a British doctor in 1897, Sir Ronald Ross, who discovered the root cause of the disease of Malaria.

20 August - Sadbhavana Divas

Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed his life in the service of the nation after he was assassinated in 1991. The Sadbhavana Divas is observed in order to remember and acknowledge the great man’s contribution to India as a nation. Also to promote the message and feeling of Sadbhavna which means goodwill and bonafide.

20 August - Indian Akshay Urja Day

The Birth Anniversary of former PM Rajiv Gandhi’s is celebrated as the Indian Akshay Urja Day. A Day which focuses on the growth of renewable energy sources in India. This great day is celebrated on 20 August.

23 August - International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition


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Slave trade is a major concern globally. In order to spread awareness about this crime and in the remembrance of transatlantic slave trade tragedy. The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is observed on 23 August.

23 August - European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism

August 23 is popularly known as Black Ribbon Days in several European countries. A remembrance day dedicated to the victims of Stalinism and Nazism is called the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism. The day represents the ignorance of "extremism, intolerance and oppression".

26 August - Women's Equality Day

Counted among the most special days of August is the Women's Equality Day, celebrated on 26 August. A day on which women in the United States got equal right to vote due to the 19th Amendment of the Constitution. A day which holds a lot of political significance in world history.

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29 August - National Sports Day


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Truly one the important days in August 2020 is 29 August, the National Sports Day also known as Rashtriya Khel Divas. The National Sports Day is commemorated on the Birth Anniversary of Dhyan Chand, a legendary hockey player.

30 August - Small Industry Day

Touted as important days in August 2020 is 30 August. The Day is recognized as Small Industry Day. A day to encourage and motivate small industry entrepreneurs and employees towards climbing the ladder of economic growth and sustainable development.

31 August - Hari Merdeka (Malaysia National Day)

British ruled India and several other nations in the Asian region. 31 August is celebrated every year as Malaysia’s National Day. A day when Malaysia got independence from the reigning British rule in 1957.

All these days and dates are considered as special days in August. Additionally, a track of these dates will not only help you stay updated on your General Awareness front but will also enhance your knowledge on a larger scale.


Special Days in August 2020

Name of the Event

4 August

National Mountain Climbing Day


Yorkshire Day

4 August

Friendship Day


U.S. Coast Guard Day

6 August 

Hiroshima Day

7 August 

International Beer Day

9 August 

Quit India Movement Day, Nagasaki Day


Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples


12 August

International Youth Day

13 August

International Lefthanders Day

14 August 

Youm-e-Azadi (Pakistan Independence Day)

15 August

(UK) - Victory over Japan Day and Day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

16 August

Bennington Battle Day

17 August 

Indonesian Independence Day

19 August

World Photography Day

World Humanitarian Day


20 August

World Mosquito Day, Sadbhavana Divas

 Indian Akshay Urja Day


23 August

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition


European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism


26 August

Women's Equality Day

29 August 

National Sports Day

30 August 

Small Industry Day

31 August

Hari Merdeka (Malaysia National Day)

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