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 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 255 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 7, 2019 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 432,144 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 280 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 2,311 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 20 Historical Events

  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: the Siege of Boston begins, following the battles at Lexington and Concord.
  • 1871
    The Civil Rights Act of 1871 becomes law.
  • 1902
    Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride.
  • 1914
    19 men, women, and children die in the Ludlow Massacre during a Colorado coal-miner’s strike.
  • 1922
    The Soviet government creates South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast within Georgian SSR.
  • 1961
    Failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of US-backed troops against Cuba.
  • 1972
    Apollo 16, commanded by John Young, lands on the moon.
  • 1978
    Korean Air Flight 902 is shot down by the Soviet Union.
  • 1985
    The ATF raids The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord compound in northern Arkansas.
  • 2010
    The Deepwater Horizon oil well explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and beginning an oil spill that would last five months.

Who were born on April 20?

  • 1650
    William Bedloe, English informer (d. 1680)
  • 1904
    George Stibitz, American scientist (d. 1995)
  • 1921
    Janine Sutto, French-Canadian actress
  • 1929
    Harry Agganis, Greek-American baseball and football player (d. 1955)
  • 1938
    Johnny Tillotson, American singer and songwriter
  • 1939
    Peter S. Beagle, American author
  • 1949
    Jessica Lange, American actress
  • 1965
    Kostas Hatzidakis, Greek politician
  • 1976
    Aldo Bobadilla, Paraguayan football player
  • 1977
    Johnny “The Bull” Stamboli, professional wrestler

Who died on April 20?

  • 1558
    Johannes Bugenhagen, German reformer (b. 1485)
  • 1643
    Christoph Demantius, German composer (b. 1567)
  • 1769
    Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawa (b. 1720)
  • 1912
    Bram Stoker, Irish author (b. 1847)
  • 1945
    Erwin Bumke, German jurist (b. 1874)
  • 1951
    Ivanoe Bonomi, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1873)
  • 1977
    Sepp Herberger, German football coach (b. 1897)
  • 1982
    Archibald MacLeish, American poet and Librarian of Congress (b. 1892)
  • 1991
    Steve Marriott, British singer and songwriter (The Small Faces) (Humble Pie) (b. 1947)
  • 2003
    Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress (b. 1908)

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