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 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 255 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 7, 2022 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,650,412,800 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 ‘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 277 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 3,407 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 20 Historical Events

  • 1535
    The Sun dog phenomenon observed over Stockholm and depicted in the famous painting “Vädersolstavlan”.
  • 1657
    Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City).
  • 1818
    The case of Ashford v Thornton ends, with Abraham Thornton allowed to go free rather than face a retrial for murder, after his demand for trial by battle is upheld.
  • 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.
  • 1884
    Pope Leo XIII publishes the encyclical Humanum Genus.
  • 1912
    Opening day for baseball’s Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan, and Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1964
    BBC Two launches with a power cut because of the fire at Battersea Power Station.
  • 1985
    The ATF raids The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord compound in northern Arkansas.
  • 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?

  • 1923
    Irene Lieblich, Polish-born painter (d. 2008)
  • 1928
    Gerald S. Hawkins, English astronomer (d. 2003)
  • 1949
    Toller Cranston, Canadian figure skater and artist
  • 1964
    Crispin Glover, American actor
  • 1975
    Benjamin Butler (artist), painter
  • 1978
    Mirei Kuroda, Japanese gravure idol
  • 1980
    Jasmin Wagner, German singer
  • 1982
    Dario Knežević, Croatian football player
  • 1983
    Fabio Staibano, Italian rugby player
  • 1983
    Patrice M'Bock, Cameroonian footballer

Who died on April 20?

  • 1176
    Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, English military leader (b. 1130)
  • 1521
    Zhengde Emperor of China (b. 1491)
  • 1534
    Elizabeth Barton, English nun (executed)
  • 1558
    Johannes Bugenhagen, German reformer (b. 1485)
  • 1874
    Alexander H. Bailey, American politician (b. 1817)
  • 1912
    Bram Stoker, Irish author (b. 1847)
  • 1992
    Benny Hill, British comedian (b. 1924)
  • 2003
    Bernard Katz, German-born biophysicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1911)
  • 2003
    Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976)
  • 2007
    Andrew Hill, American jazz composer and pianist (b. 1931)

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