On This Day 20 August

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-08-20
In 1897 Sir Ronald Ross discovered female mosquitos transmit malaria; in 1858 Charles Darwin published the theory of evolution; in 1940 Trotsky was fatally wounded by an ice axe in Mexico City. Also in 1940 made one of his famous speeches to the House of Commons

The Few

It was during Winston Churchill's speech to the House of Commons on the 20th of August 1940 that he uttered the famous sentence: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

He was referring to the efforts by the Royal Air Force who were at the time in the thick of the Battle of Britain against the German Luftwaffe. The pilots have since been known as The Few. He first used the words as he left RAF Uxbridge on the 16th of August.

Other events on this day

  • 1897: Sir Ronald Ross discovered that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans
  • 1858: Charles Darwin first published the theory of evolution
  • 1940: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few", Winston Churchill told Parliament
  • 1940: Trotsky fatally wounded by an ice axe in an assassination in Mexico City
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