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

  • 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.
  • 1535
    The Sun dog phenomenon observed over Stockholm and depicted in the famous painting “Vädersolstavlan”.
  • 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.
  • 1809
    Two Austrian army corps in Bavaria are defeated by a First French Empire army led by Napoleon I of France at the Battle of Abensberg on the second day of a four day campaign that ended in a French victory.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1862
    Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the first pasteurization tests.
  • 1876
    The April Uprising, a key point in modern Bulgarian history, leading to the Russo-Turkish War and the liberation of Bulgaria from domination as an independent part of the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1884
    Pope Leo XIII publishes the encyclical Humanum Genus.
  • 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.
  • 1926
    Western Electric and Warner Bros. announce Vitaphone, a process to add sound to film.
  • 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.
  • 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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