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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1657
    Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1862
    Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the first pasteurization tests.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1914
    19 men, women, and children die in the Ludlow Massacre during a Colorado coal-miner’s strike.
  • 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.
  • 1961
    Failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of US-backed troops against Cuba.
  • 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.

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