Today in History, English
Today in History, English


IDTimeCategoryEvent
45511April 20Event1961 – Failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of US-backed Cuban exiles against Cuba.
45512April 20Event1964 – BBC Two launches with a power cut because of the fire at Battersea Power Station.
45513April 20Event1968 – English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial Rivers of Blood speech.
45514April 20Event1972 – Apollo 16, commanded by John Young, lands on the moon.
45515April 20Event1978 – Korean Air Lines Flight 902 is shot down by the Soviet Union.
45516April 20Event1980 – Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria as hundreds of Berber political activists are arrested.
45517April 20Event1984 – The Good Friday Massacre, an extremely violent ice hockey playoff game, is played in Montreal, Canada.
45518April 20Event1985 – The ATF raids The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord compound in northern Arkansas.
45519April 20Event1986 – Pianist Vladimir Horowitz performs in his native Russia for the first time in 61 years.
45520April 20Event1998 – German terrorist group the Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.
45521April 20Event1999 – Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and injured 21 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado.
45522April 20Event2007 – Johnson Space Center shooting: William Phillips with a handgun barricades himself in NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.
45523April 20Event2008 – Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.
45524April 20Event2010 – The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and beginning an oil spill that would last six months.
45525April 20Event2012 – One hundred twenty-seven people are killed when a plane crashes in a residential area near the Benazir Bhutto International Airport near Islamabad, Pakistan.
45526April 20Event2013 – A 6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes Lushan County, Ya'an, in China's Sichuan province, killing more than 150 people and injuring thousands.
45527April 20Event2015 – 10 people are killed in a bomb attack on a convoy carrying food supplies to a United Nations compound in Garowe in the Somali region of Puntland.
45528April 20Birth1492 – Pietro Aretino, Italian author, playwright, and poet (d. 1556)
45529April 20Birth1494 – Johannes Agricola, German theologian and reformer (d. 1566)
45530April 20Birth1586 – Rose of Lima, Peruvian mystic and saint (d. 1617)
45531April 20Birth1633 – Emperor Go-Kōmyō of Japan (d. 1654)
45532April 20Birth1646 – Charles Plumier, French botanist and author (d. 1704)
45533April 20Birth1650 – William Bedloe, English spy (d. 1680)
45534April 20Birth1718 – David Brainerd, American missionary (d. 1747)
45535April 20Birth1723 – Cornelius Harnett, American merchant, farmer, and politician (d. 1781)
45536April 20Birth1727 – Florimond Claude, Comte de Mercy-Argenteau, Belgian-Austrian minister and diplomat (d. 1794)
45537April 20Birth1745 – Philippe Pinel, French physician and psychiatrist (d. 1826)
45538April 20Birth1748 – Georg Michael Telemann, German composer and theologian (d. 1831)
45539April 20Birth1808 – Napoleon III, French politician, 1st President of France (d. 1873)
45540April 20Birth1816 – Bogoslav Šulek, Croatian philologist, historian, and lexicographer (d. 1895)

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