What happened this day in history April 20

What are the important events that happened on April 20? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

April 20: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 20 is the 111st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 255 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 7, 2020 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,587,340,800 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectadecahenagon’ day.

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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 298 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,677 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 20 Historical Events

  • 1453
    The last naval battle in Byzantine history occurs, as three Genoese galleys escorting a Byzantine transport fight their way through the huge Ottoman blockade fleet and into the Golden Horn.
  • 1792
    France declares war on Austria, the beginning of French Revolutionary Wars.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia.
  • 1862
    Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the first pasteurization tests.
  • 1902
    Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride.
  • 1939
    Billie Holiday records the first Civil Rights song “Strange Fruit”.
  • 1945
    World War II: Fuehrerbunker: Adolf Hitler makes his last trip to the surface to award Iron Crosses to boy soldiers of the Hitler Youth.
  • 1964
    BBC Two launches with a power cut because of the fire at Battersea Power Station.
  • 1978
    Korean Air Flight 902 is shot down by the Soviet Union.
  • 1998
    German terrorist group the Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.

Who were born on April 20?

  • 1924
    Nina Foch, Dutch-born American actress (d. 2008)
  • 1927
    Phil Hill, American race car driver (d. 2008)
  • 1931
    John Eccles, 2nd Viscount Eccles, British businessman and peer
  • 1938
    Johnny Tillotson, American singer and songwriter
  • 1946
    Julien Poulin, French Canadian actor
  • 1949
    Massimo D'Alema, 76th Prime Minister of Italy
  • 1954
    Gilles Lupien, French-Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1972
    Željko Joksimović, Serbian singer, songwriter and producer
  • 1975
    Benjamin Butler (artist), painter
  • 1976
    Aldo Bobadilla, Paraguayan football player

Who died on April 20?

  • 1887
    Muhammad Sharif Pasha, Egyptian statesman (b. 1826)
  • 1912
    Bram Stoker, Irish author (b. 1847)
  • 1932
    Giuseppe Peano, Italian mathematician (b. 1858)
  • 1945
    Erwin Bumke, German jurist (b. 1874)
  • 1964
    Eddie Dyer, American baseball player (b. 1899)
  • 1982
    Archibald MacLeish, American poet and Librarian of Congress (b. 1892)
  • 1991
    Don Siegel, American film director (b. 1912)
  • 1993
    Cantinflas, Mexican comedian and actor (b. 1911)
  • 2003
    Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress (b. 1908)
  • 2007
    Andrew Hill, American jazz composer and pianist (b. 1931)

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