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, 458,448 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 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”.
  • 1653
    Oliver Cromwell dissolves the Rump Parliament.
  • 1810
    The Governor of Caracas declares independence from Spain.
  • 1862
    Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the first pasteurization tests.
  • 1871
    The Civil Rights Act of 1871 becomes law.
  • 1908
    Opening day of competition in the New South Wales Rugby League.
  • 1912
    Opening day for baseball’s Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan, and Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1926
    Western Electric and Warner Bros. announce Vitaphone, a process to add sound to film.
  • 1939
    Billie Holiday records the first Civil Rights song “Strange Fruit”.
  • 1986
    Pianist Vladimir Horowitz performs in his native Russia for the first time in 61 years.

Who were born on April 20?

  • 1650
    William Bedloe, English informer (d. 1680)
  • 1851
    Young Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (d. 1875)
  • 1947
    Ken Scott, English record producer and recording engineer
  • 1951
    Luther Vandross, American singer (d. 2005)
  • 1957
    Geraint Wyn Davies, Welsh-born Canadian actor
  • 1964
    Crispin Glover, American actor
  • 1973
    Geoff Lloyd, British radio presenter
  • 1973
    Lamond Murray, American basketball player
  • 1976
    Aldo Bobadilla, Paraguayan football player
  • 1978
    Mirei Kuroda, Japanese gravure idol

Who died on April 20?

  • 1176
    Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, English military leader (b. 1130)
  • 1643
    Christoph Demantius, German composer (b. 1567)
  • 1912
    Bram Stoker, Irish author (b. 1847)
  • 1929
    Prince Albert Wilhelm Heinrich of Prussia (b. 1862)
  • 1944
    Elmer Gedeon, one of two Major League Baseball fatal casualties during World War II.
  • 1977
    Sepp Herberger, German football coach (b. 1897)
  • 1982
    Archibald MacLeish, American poet and Librarian of Congress (b. 1892)
  • 1989
    Doru Davidovici, Romanian writer and fighter pilot (b. 1945)
  • 2002
    Alan Dale, American singer (b. 1925)
  • 2003
    Bernard Katz, German-born biophysicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1911)

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