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, 440,928 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 ‘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.
  • 1689
    The former King James II of England, now deposed, lays siege to Derry.
  • 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.
  • 1908
    Opening day of competition in the New South Wales Rugby League.
  • 1916
    The Chicago Cubs play their first game at Weeghman Park (currently Wrigley Field), defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings.
  • 1939
    Billie Holiday records the first Civil Rights song “Strange Fruit”.
  • 1961
    Failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of US-backed troops against Cuba.
  • 1968
    English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial Rivers of Blood speech.
  • 1986
    Pianist Vladimir Horowitz performs in his native Russia for the first time in 61 years.
  • 1998
    German terrorist group the Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.

Who were born on April 20?

  • 1650
    William Bedloe, English informer (d. 1680)
  • 1896
    Henry de Montherlant, French writer (d. 1972)
  • 1928
    Gerald S. Hawkins, English astronomer (d. 2003)
  • 1942
    Arto Paasilinna, Finnish writer
  • 1946
    Julien Poulin, French Canadian actor
  • 1961
    Don Mattingly, American baseball player
  • 1967
    Raymond van Barneveld, Dutch darts player
  • 1970
    Shemar Moore, American actor
  • 1975
    Benjamin Butler (artist), painter
  • 1987
    John Patrick Amedori, American actor

Who died on April 20?

  • 1643
    Christoph Demantius, German composer (b. 1567)
  • 1831
    John Abernethy, English surgeon (b. 1764)
  • 1874
    Alexander H. Bailey, American politician (b. 1817)
  • 1932
    Giuseppe Peano, Italian mathematician (b. 1858)
  • 1951
    Ivanoe Bonomi, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1873)
  • 1991
    Don Siegel, American film director (b. 1912)
  • 1999
    Eric David Harris, perpetrator of the Columbine High massacre (b. 1981)
  • 1999
    Rick Rude, American professional wrestler (b. 1958)
  • 2003
    Bernard Katz, German-born biophysicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1911)
  • 2011
    Chris Hondros, American photographer (b. 1970)

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