About April 20

April 20, 2022 is the 110th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 255 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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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 277 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.
  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1871
    The Civil Rights Act of 1871 becomes law.
  • 1908
    Opening day of competition in the New South Wales Rugby League.
  • 1926
    Western Electric and Warner Bros. announce Vitaphone, a process to add sound to film.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    World War II: US troops capture Leipzig, Germany, only to later cede the city to the Soviet Union.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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