Historical Events on 20th April

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295 - 8th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
850 - Guntherus becomes bishop of Cologne
1139 - 2nd Lateran Council (10th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
1505 - Jews are expelled from Orange Burgandy by Philibert of Luxembourg
1551 - John Dudley becomes Earl Marshal of England
1650 - Dutch East India Company (VOC) management sets new guidelines
1653 - Cromwell routes English parliament to house
1657 - Battle in Santa Cruz Bay, Tenerife: English fleet under Robert Blake sinks Spanish silver fleet
1689 - The former King James II of England, now deposed, lays siege to Derry.
1702 - Comet C/1702 H1 approaches within 0.0437 AUs of Earth
1715 - Nicholas Rowe's "Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey" premieres in London
1759 - George Frederic Handel is buried in Westminster Abbey, London
1770 - Captain Cook arrives in New South Wales
1775 - British begin siege of Boston
1777 - New York adopts new constitution as an independent state
1792 - France declares war on Austria, Prussia & Sardinia
1799 - Friedrich von Schiller's "Wallensteins Tod" premieres in Weimar
1799 - Napoleon issues a decree calling for establishing Jerusalem for Jews
1809 - Napoleon I defeats Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria
Composer George Friedrich HandelComposer George Friedrich Handel 1810 - The Governors of Caracas declares the national sovereignty from Spain.
1828 - René Caillié is first non-Muslim to enter Timbouctou.
1836 - Territory of Wisconsin created
1841 - 1st detective story (Edgar Allen Poe's "Murders in Rue Morgue") published
1861 - Battle of Norfolk, VA
1861 - Colonel Robert E. Lee resigns from Union army
1862 - The first pasteurization test completed by Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard.
1865 - Chicago's Crosby Opera House opens
1871 - 3rd Enforcement Act (President can suspend writ of habeas corpus)
1872 - SF Bar Association organized
1879 - 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London & Cyprus
1884 - Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Freemasonry"
1888 - 246 reported killed by hail in Moradabad, India
1894 - 136,000 mine workers strike in Ohio for pay increase
1896 - 1st public film showing in US John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan" premieres in NYC
Composer John Philip SousaComposer John Philip Sousa 1898 - US Assay Office in Deadwood, South Dakota opens
1902 - Marie & Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive element radium chloride
1903 - 7th Boston Marathon won by John Lorden of Mass in 2:41:29.8
1904 - George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" premieres in London
1904 - Louisiana Purchase Exposition opens in St Louis
1908 - 12th Boston Marathon won by Tom Morrissey of NY in 2:25:43.2
1908 - Opening day of competition of the New South Wales Rugby League.
1910 - Cleve Indians Addie Joss 2nd no-hitter, beats Chicago, 1-0
1910 - Halley's Comet passes 29th recorded perihelion at 87.9 million km
1912 - Fenway Park officially opens, Red Sox beat NY Highlanders 7-6 in 11
1912 - Tiger Stadium in Detroit opens, Tigers beat Cleve Indians 6-5
1914 - 18th Boston Marathon won by James Duffy of Canada in 2:25:01.2
1914 - 33 killed by soldiers during mine strike in Ludlow, Colo
1916 - German-British sea battle off Belgian coast
1916 - Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) in Chicago opens, Cubs beat Cin Reds 7-6
Pilot The Red BaronPilot The Red Baron 1918 - Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims marking his final victories before his death the following day.
1919 - Polish Army captures Vilno, Lithuania from Soviet Army
1920 - 7th modern Olympic games opens in Antwerp Belgium
1920 - Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate
1920 - Big Show ends 2 year run on NBC radio
1920 - Tornadoes kill 219 in Alabama & Mississippi
1920 - Phillies mgr Gravvy Cravath puts himself in as pinch hitter, his 3- run homer beats NY Giants 3-0
1925 - 29th Boston Marathon won by Charles Mellor of Ill in 2:33:00.6
1926 - 1st check sent by radio facsimile transmission across Atlantic
1931 - 35th Boston Marathon won by Jim Henigan of Mass in 2:46:45.8
1931 - British House of Commons agrees for sports play on Sunday
1934 - Heinrich Himmler becomes inspector Prussian secret state police
1935 - "Your Hit Parade" begins broadcasting (becomes #1 quickly)
1936 - 40th Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown of RI in 2:33:40.8
1936 - Jews repel an Arab attack in Petach Tikvah Palestine
Baseball Player Ted WilliamsBaseball Player Ted Williams 1939 - Ted Williams' 1st hit (off of Yankee Red Ruffing) a double
1940 - 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa
1941 - 100 German bombers attack Athens
1941 - Dodgers start to wear liners in their caps
1942 - German occupiers forbids Dutch access to their beach
1942 - Heavy German assault on Malta
1943 - Braves manager Casey Stengel is struck by a taxi, fractures a leg
1944 - Dutch Communist Party resistance fighter John Postma sentence to death
1944 - NFL legalizes coaching from bench
1945 - Cleveland Browns organization formed by Arthur "Mickey" McBride
1945 - German occupiers flood Beemster & Fencer
1945 - Soviet troops enter Berlin
1945 - US 7th army captured German city of Nuremberg
1945 - US forces conquer Motobu peninsula on Okinawa
1946 - 1st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs Cubs
Playwright George Bernard ShawPlaywright George Bernard Shaw 1946 - 50th Boston Marathon won by Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece in 2:29:27
1947 - Frederik IX becomes king of Denmark
1948 - NYC hikes subway fare from 5 cents to 10 cents
1948 - Walter P Reuther UAW pres shot & wounded at his home in Detroit
1949 - Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 1st race, in Albany, California
1950 - Balt's Memorial Stadium opens - Orioles of International League
1951 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1951 - Velsen city council demands investigation of police collaborators
1953 - 57th Boston Marathon won by Keizo Yamada of Japan in 2:18:51
1954 - "Golden Apple" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 125 performances
1955 - "Saint of Bleecker St" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 perfs
1957 - 61st Boston Marathon won by John J Kelley of Conn in 2:20:05
1957 - Yankee Bill Skowron becomes 3rd player to hit a ball out of Fenway
1958 - Buses replace Key System trains at 3 AM
1958 - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
1958 - Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins 4 games to 2 for Stanley Cup
1958 - Morocco demands departure of Spanish troops
1959 - 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42
1960 - "From A to Z" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 21 performances
1961 - American Harold Graham makes 1st rocket belt flight
1962 - NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 63,250 m
1962 - New Orleans Citizens Co gives free 1-way ride to blacks to move North
1962 - OAS-leader ex-general Salan arrested in Algiers
1963 - "Sophie" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 8 performances
1963 - -30] All Africa Conferences of Churches opens in Kampala Uganda
1964 - 68th Boston Marathon won by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belgium in 2:19:59
1964 - 86% of black students boycott Cleveland schools
1965 - People's Republic China offers North Vietnam military aid
1966 - WDCA TV channel 20 in Washington, DC (IND) begins broadcasting
1967 - French author Régis Debray caught in Bolivia
1967 - NY Met Tom Seaver's 1st victory, beats Cubs, 6-1
1967 - US Surveyor 3 lands on Moon
1967 - US planes bomb Haiphong for 1st time during Vietnam War
1967 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1967 - A Globe Air Bristol Britannia turboprop crashes at Nicosia, Cyprus, killing 126.
1968 - Pierre Elliott Trudeau sworn-in as Canada's PM
1968 - S Afr Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed
1968 - English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial Rivers of Blood speech.
1969 - 23rd Tony Awards: Great White Hope & 1776 win
1969 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
1970 - 74th Boston Marathon won by Ron Hill of Great Britain in 2:10:30
1970 - Bruno Kreisky becomes 1st socialist chancellor of Austria
1970 - Ron Hill's 2:10:30 at Boston, sets new US marathon record
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra StreisandSinger-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand 1971 - Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"
1971 - US Supreme Court upholds use of busing to achieve racial desegregation
1972 - Apollo 16's Young & Duke land on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2
1972 - Kallicharran scores his 2nd Test century in his 2nd Test Cricket
1973 - Mass murderer Ed Kemper attempted to dispose of his mother's vocal chords in a domestic waste disposal unit.
1973 - Canadian ANIK A2 becomes 1st commercial satellite in orbit
1974 - Paul McCartney & Wings release single "Band on the Run"
1975 - 29th Tony Awards: Equus & Wiz win
1975 - 4th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Palmer
1975 - Penguins 1-Isles 3-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 3-1 lead
1976 - George Harrison sings lumberjack song with Monty Python
1977 - Supreme Court rules "Live Free or Die" may be covered on NH licenses
1977 - Woody Allen's film "Annie Hall" premieres
1980 - Cubans begin to arrive in US from Mariel boatlift
1980 - Donna White wins LPGA Florida "Lady Citrus" Golf Tournament
Actor, Screenwriter & Director Woody AllenActor, Screenwriter & Director Woody Allen 1980 - Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria as hundreds of Berber political activists are arrested.
1981 - 10th Boston Women's Marathon won by Allison Roe of NZ in 2:26:46
1981 - 85th Boston Marathon won by Toshihiko Seko of Japan in 2:09:26
1981 - Final performance of TV show "Soap" airs
1981 - Rocker Papa John Phillips arrested for drug possession
1982 - Atlanta Braves become 1st team to win 1st 12 games of the season
1983 - President Reagan signs a $165B bail out for Social Security
1983 - Rangers 2-Isles 7-Patrick Div Finals-Isles hold 3-2 lead
1983 - Soyuz T-8 launched; mission aborted when capsule fails to dock
1983 - Soyuz T-8 is launched (lands 2 days later)
1984 - Russian offensive in Panshirvallei Afghanistan
1985 - Carlos Lopes runs world record marathon (2:07:12)
1985 - Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Mark Williams
1985 - Karyn Marshall of NYC lifted 303 lbs in a clean & jerk lift
1985 - ATF raid on The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord compound in northern Arkansas.
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan 1986 - "Jerry's Girls" closes at St James Theater NYC after 139 performances
1986 - Michael Jordan sets NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game
1986 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1986 - Vladimir Horowitz performs in his Russian homeland
1987 - 16th Boston Women's Marathon won by Rosa Mota of Portugal in 2:25:21
1987 - 91st Boston Marathon won by Toshihiko Seko of Japan in 2:11:50
1987 - Sri Lanka: Tamils shoot 122 Singalezen dead
1987 - US deports Karl Linnas to USSR, charged with Nazi war crimes
1988 - Balt Orioles set worst record to start a season 0-14 (will go 0-21)
1988 - NJ Devils 1st playoff hat trick-Eric Broten
1988 - US accuses Renamo of killing 100,000 Mozambiquians
1988 - Yanks HR 9,999 (D Winfield) 10,000 (C Washington) 10,001 (J Clarke)
1990 - Pete Rose pleads guilty to hiding $300,000 in income
1990 - 8 2/3 inning perfect game pitched by Brian Holman of Oakland A's is spoiled by a home run hit by Ken Philips
1991 - "Les Miserables" opens at Odense Teater, Odense
Basketball Superstar Michael JordanBasketball Superstar Michael Jordan 1991 - 1st non stop flight Schiphol-Flamingo airport Bonaire
1991 - Mark Lenzi is 1st diver to score 100 pts on a dive (101.85)
1991 - Raghib "Rocket" Ismael signs with Toronto Argonauts for $26.2 million
1992 - 100th episode of "Murphy Brown" airs
1992 - 21st Boston Women's Marathon won by Olga Markova of Russia in 2:23:43
1992 - 96th Boston Marathon won by Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya in 2:08:14
1992 - All star concert in memory of Freddie Mercury held at Wembley Stadium
1992 - Expo '92 opens in Seville Spain
1992 - Joan Lunden, breaks her left shoulder after being thrown from a horse
1992 - Madonna signs $60-million deal with Time Warner
1993 - Uranus passes Neptune (once every 171 years)
1994 - Danny Harold Rolling sentenced to death in Florida for killing 5
1994 - Serbian army bombs hospital in Goradze Bosnia, 47 killed
1994 - Sohail & Inzamam make world record ODI partnership of 263
1994 - Space shuttle STS-59 (Endeavour 6), lands
Pop Star MadonnaPop Star Madonna 1996 - Chicago Bulls win record 72 games in a season
1997 - "Gin Game" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 144 performances
1997 - "Present Laughter" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
1997 - 1st baseball game in Hawaii, Cards beat Padres in doubleheader
1997 - 27th Easter Seal Telethon raises $47,392,682
1997 - 58th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Hale Irwin
1997 - Cubs beat NY Mets ending NL worst opening, lost 14 straight games
1997 - Karrie Webb wins LPGA Susan G Komen International
1997 - Myrtle Beach LPGA Classic
1997 - Nick Price wins golf MCI Classic
1997 - PGA Seniors Championship
1997 - Mark McGwire is 4th to HR on Detroit Tiger left field roof (others are Frank Howard, Harmon Killibrew, & Cecil Fielder)
1998 - TAME Boeing 727-200 chartered by Air France crashes into Cerro El Cable mountain after takeoff from Bogotá, Colombia, killing 53.
1998 - German terrorist group Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.
1999 - Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School located in Jefferson County, Colorado.
2004 - In Iraq, 12 mortars are fired on Abu Ghraib Prison by insurgents, killing 22 detainees and wounding 92.
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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