About April 20

April 20, 2024 is the 111th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 255 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Aries is the sun 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 284 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On April 20

  • 1323
    The University of Rome La Sapienza is instituted by Pope Boniface VIII.
  • 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.
  • 1534
    Jacques Cartier begins the voyage during which he discovers Canada and Labrador.
  • 1653
    Oliver Cromwell dissolves the Rump Parliament.
  • 1689
    The former King James II of England, now deposed, lays siege to Derry.
  • 1770
    The Georgian king Erekle II, abandoned by his Russian ally Count Totleben, wins a victory over Ottoman forces at Aspindza.
  • 1792
    France declares war on Austria, the beginning of French Revolutionary Wars.
  • 1810
    The Governor of Caracas declares independence from Spain.
  • 1862
    Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the first pasteurization tests.
  • 1884
    Pope Leo XIII publishes the encyclical Humanum Genus.
  • 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.
  • 1916
    The Chicago Cubs play their first game at Weeghman Park (currently Wrigley Field), defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings.
  • 1918
    Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims, his final victories before his death the following day.
  • 1945
    World War II: Fuehrerbunker: Adolf Hitler makes his last trip to the surface to award Iron Crosses to boy soldiers of the Hitler Youth.
  • 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.
  • 1984
    The Good Friday Massacre, an extremely violent ice hockey playoff game, is played in Montreal, Canada.
  • 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.

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