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 110th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 255 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 7, 2019 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 432,144 hours 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 ‘hectadecagon’ 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 280 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 2,311 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.
  • 1657
    Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City).
  • 1770
    The Georgian king Erekle II, abandoned by his Russian ally Count Totleben, wins a victory over Ottoman forces at Aspindza.
  • 1792
    France declares war on Austria, the beginning of French Revolutionary Wars.
  • 1810
    The Governor of Caracas declares independence from Spain.
  • 1836
    U.S. Congress passes an act creating the Wisconsin Territory.
  • 1865
    Astronomer Pietro Angelo Secchi demonstrates the Secchi disk, which measures water clarity, aboard Pope Pius IX’s yacht, the L’Immaculata Concezion.
  • 1916
    The Chicago Cubs play their first game at Weeghman Park (currently Wrigley Field), defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings.
  • 1986
    Pianist Vladimir Horowitz performs in his native Russia for the first time in 61 years.
  • 1999
    Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado.

Who were born on April 20?

  • 1586
    Saint Rose of Lima, Peruvian saint (d. 1617)
  • 1745
    Philippe Pinel, French physician (d. 1826)
  • 1818
    Heinrich Göbel, German-born inventor (d. 1893)
  • 1882
    Holland Smith, U.S. General (d. 1967)
  • 1925
    Ernie Stautner, German-born American football player (d. 2006)
  • 1936
    Pat Roberts, American politician
  • 1947
    Ken Scott, English record producer and recording engineer
  • 1952
    Louka Katseli, Greek Minister for Labour and Social Security
  • 1963
    Maurício Gugelmin, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1975
    Benjamin Butler (artist), painter

Who died on April 20?

  • 1769
    Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawa (b. 1720)
  • 1918
    Karl Ferdinand Braun, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1850)
  • 1969
    Vjekoslav Luburić, Croatian war criminal (b. 1911)
  • 1996
    Tran Van Tra, Vietnamese general and politician (b. 1918)
  • 1999
    Cassie Bernall, Columbine High School massacre victim (b. 1981)
  • 2003
    Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976)
  • 2003
    Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress (b. 1908)
  • 2007
    Fred Fish, a computer programmer on the GNU Debugger and “Fish disks” (b. 1952)
  • 2008
    Monica Lovinescu, Romanian essayist, literary critic and journalist (b. 1923)
  • 2010
    Dorothy Height, American civil rights activist (b. 1912)

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