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Interesting historical events that occurred on April 20…

April 19, 2012

255 days left this year.  April 20.  Friday.  Here we go:

1775 – American Revolutionary War: the Siege of Boston begins, following the battles at Lexington and Concord.

the gun wire

Louis Pasteur

1836 – U.S. Congress passes an act creating the Wisconsin Territory.

1861 – American Civil WarRobert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia.

1862 – Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the first pasteurization tests.

1871 – The Civil Rights Act of 1871 becomes law.

1912 – Opening day for baseball‘s Tiger Stadium in DetroitMichigan, and Fenway Park in BostonMassachusetts.

1914 – 19 men, women, and children die in the Ludlow Massacre during a Colorado coal-miner’s strike.

1916 – The Chicago Cubs play their first game at Weeghman Park (currently Wrigley Field), defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings.

1926 – Western Electric and Warner Bros. announce Vitaphone, a process to add sound to film.

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 IIUS troops capture LeipzigGermany, only to later cede the city to the Soviet Union.

1945 – World War II: FuehrerbunkerAdolf 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.

1961 – Failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of US-backed troops against Cuba.

1972 – Apollo 16, commanded by John Young, lands on the moon.

1985 – The ATF raids The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord compound in northern Arkansas.

1999 – Columbine High School massacreEric 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 HoustonTexas before killing a male hostage and himself.

2010 – The Deepwater Horizon oil well explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing twelve workers and beginning an oil spill that would last six months.


1889 – Adolf Hitler, Dictator of Nazi Germany (d. 1945)

1920 – John Paul Stevens, American jurist

1941 – Ryan O’Neal, American actor

1949 – Jessica Lange, American actress

1961 – Don Mattingly, American baseball player

1964 – Crispin Glover, American actor


1999 – Eric David Harris, perpetrator of the Columbine High massacre (b. 1981)

1999 – Dylan Klebold, perpetrator of the Columbine High massacre (b. 1981)




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