About April 20

April 20, 2020 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.

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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 298 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.
  • 1653
    Oliver Cromwell dissolves the Rump Parliament.
  • 1657
    Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City).
  • 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.
  • 1828
    René Caillié becomes the first non-Muslim to enter Timbouctou.
  • 1865
    Astronomer Pietro Angelo Secchi demonstrates the Secchi disk, which measures water clarity, aboard Pope Pius IX’s yacht, the L’Immaculata Concezion.
  • 1871
    The Civil Rights Act of 1871 becomes law.
  • 1884
    Pope Leo XIII publishes the encyclical Humanum Genus.
  • 1902
    Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride.
  • 1916
    The Chicago Cubs play their first game at Weeghman Park (currently Wrigley Field), defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings.
  • 1939
    Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday is celebrated as a national holiday in Nazi Germany.
  • 1939
    Billie Holiday records the first Civil Rights song “Strange Fruit”.
  • 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.
  • 1964
    BBC Two launches with a power cut because of the fire at Battersea Power Station.
  • 1999
    Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado.
  • 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.
  • 2008
    Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.

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