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, 26,455,680 minutes 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
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.
The last ruler of the Lodi Dynasty, Ibrahim Lodi is defeated and killed by Babur in the First Battle of Panipat.
The Sun dog phenomenon observed over Stockholm and depicted in the famous painting “Vädersolstavlan”.
American Revolutionary War: the Siege of Boston begins, following the battles at Lexington and Concord.
Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the first pasteurization tests.
The Civil Rights Act of 1871 becomes law.
Opening day of competition in the New South Wales Rugby League.
The Soviet government creates South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast within Georgian SSR.
BBC Two launches with a power cut because of the fire at Battersea Power Station.
English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial Rivers of Blood speech.
Who were born on April 20?
Heinrich Göbel, German-born inventor (d. 1893)
Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (d. 1966)
Albert Jean Amateau, Turkish-born businessman and activist (d. 1996)
Julien Poulin, French Canadian actor
Alexander Lebed, Russian general and politician (d. 2002)
Konstantin Lavronenko, Russian actor
Benjamin Butler (artist), painter
Shay Given, Irish footballer
Ludovic Magnin, Swiss football player
Edixon Perea Valencia, Colombian football player
Who died on April 20?
Johannes Bugenhagen, German reformer (b. 1485)
Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawa (b. 1720)
Elmer Gedeon, one of two Major League Baseball fatal casualties during World War II.
Don Siegel, American film director (b. 1912)
Steve Marriott, British singer and songwriter (The Small Faces) (Humble Pie) (b. 1947)
Dylan Klebold, perpetrator of the Columbine High massacre (b. 1981)
Señor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist and comedian (b. 1896)
Alan Dale, American singer (b. 1925)
Andrew Hill, American jazz composer and pianist (b. 1931)
Michael Fu Tieshan, Chinese bishop (b. 1931).
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