About April 20

April 20, 2021 is the 110th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 255 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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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 287 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On April 20

  • 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.
  • 1534
    Jacques Cartier begins the voyage during which he discovers Canada and Labrador.
  • 1657
    Admiral Robert Blake destroys a Spanish silver fleet under heavy fire at Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
  • 1770
    The Georgian king Erekle II, abandoned by his Russian ally Count Totleben, wins a victory over Ottoman forces at Aspindza.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: the Siege of Boston begins, following the battles at Lexington and Concord.
  • 1792
    France declares war on Austria, the beginning of French Revolutionary Wars.
  • 1810
    The Governor of Caracas declares independence from Spain.
  • 1818
    The case of Ashford v Thornton ends, with Abraham Thornton allowed to go free rather than face a retrial for murder, after his demand for trial by battle is upheld.
  • 1836
    U.S. Congress passes an act creating the Wisconsin Territory.
  • 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.
  • 1865
    Astronomer Pietro Angelo Secchi demonstrates the Secchi disk, which measures water clarity, aboard Pope Pius IX’s yacht, the L’Immaculata Concezion.
  • 1918
    Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims, his final victories before his death the following day.
  • 1939
    Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday is celebrated as a national holiday in Nazi Germany.
  • 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.
  • 1946
    The League of Nations officially dissolves, giving most of its power to the United Nations.
  • 1968
    English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial Rivers of Blood speech.
  • 1972
    Apollo 16, commanded by John Young, lands on the moon.
  • 1980
    Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria as hundreds of Berber political activists are arrested.
  • 2007
    Johnson Space Center Shooting: A man with a handgun barricades himself in NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.
  • 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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