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, 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

  • 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.
  • 1526
    The last ruler of the Lodi Dynasty, Ibrahim Lodi is defeated and killed by Babur in the First Battle of Panipat.
  • 1535
    The Sun dog phenomenon observed over Stockholm and depicted in the famous painting “Vädersolstavlan”.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: the Siege of Boston begins, following the battles at Lexington and Concord.
  • 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.
  • 1922
    The Soviet government creates South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast within Georgian SSR.
  • 1964
    BBC Two launches with a power cut because of the fire at Battersea Power Station.
  • 1968
    English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial Rivers of Blood speech.

Who were born on April 20?

  • 1818
    Heinrich Göbel, German-born inventor (d. 1893)
  • 1884
    Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (d. 1966)
  • 1889
    Albert Jean Amateau, Turkish-born businessman and activist (d. 1996)
  • 1946
    Julien Poulin, French Canadian actor
  • 1950
    Alexander Lebed, Russian general and politician (d. 2002)
  • 1961
    Konstantin Lavronenko, Russian actor
  • 1975
    Benjamin Butler (artist), painter
  • 1976
    Shay Given, Irish footballer
  • 1979
    Ludovic Magnin, Swiss football player
  • 1984
    Edixon Perea Valencia, Colombian football player

Who died on April 20?

  • 1558
    Johannes Bugenhagen, German reformer (b. 1485)
  • 1769
    Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawa (b. 1720)
  • 1944
    Elmer Gedeon, one of two Major League Baseball fatal casualties during World War II.
  • 1991
    Don Siegel, American film director (b. 1912)
  • 1991
    Steve Marriott, British singer and songwriter (The Small Faces) (Humble Pie) (b. 1947)
  • 1999
    Dylan Klebold, perpetrator of the Columbine High massacre (b. 1981)
  • 1999
    Señor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist and comedian (b. 1896)
  • 2002
    Alan Dale, American singer (b. 1925)
  • 2007
    Andrew Hill, American jazz composer and pianist (b. 1931)
  • 2007
    Michael Fu Tieshan, Chinese bishop (b. 1931).

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