20 APRIL
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Marcus Aurelius Antonius, 121 BC
  • Saint Rose of Lima, 1586
  • Charles Louis Napoleon Bonaparte III, 1808
  • Adolf Hitler, 1889
  • Harold Lloyd, 1893
  • Joan Miró, 1893
  • Señor Wences (Wenceslao Moreno), 1896
  • Lionel Hampton, 1908
  • Tito Puente, 1923
  • Morris Chafetz, 1924
  • Nina Foch, 1924
  • Ryan O'Neal, 1941
  • Jessica Lange, 1949
  • Luther Vandross, 1951
  • Don Mattingley, 1962
  • Carmen Electra, 1972

Died On This Day:

  • Pontiac, Chief of Ottawas,, 1759
  • George Frideric Handel, 1759
  • Giovanni Antonio Canaletto, 1768
  • Bram Stoker, 1912
  • King Christian X Denmark, 1947
  • Archibald MacLeish, 1982
  • Mabel Mercer, 1984
  • Benny Hill, 1992
  • Cantinflas (Mario Moreno Reyes), 1993
  • Señor Wences (Wenceslao Moreno), 1999

Today's Events:

  • 1657 - Jews in New Amsterdam win right to full citizenship; landmark in American religious freedom.
  • 1770 - Captain James Cook discovers New South Wales, Australia.
  • 1792 - France declares war on Austria, war of the first coalition.
  • 1836 - Wisconsin Territory established by Congress.
  • 1902 - Atomic element radium is isolated by Pierre and Marie Curie coining term 'radioactive.'
  • 1940 - The electron microscope first demonstrated in Philly; inventor-Dr. Vladimir Zworykin
  • 1945 - Russian forces reach Berlin. WWII.
  • 1949 - The drug Cortisone discovered by American chemist Edward Calvin Kendall who won 1950 Nobel Prize.
  • 1971 - Supreme Court upholds the use of forced busing of children to avoid segregation.
  • 1972 - Third exploration of the moon by Apollo XVI by astronauts John Young and Charles Duke.
  • 1976 - Barbara Walters becomes first woman to be offered $1 million per year by TV network (ABC).
  • 1980 - Mariel boatlift of Cubans to the United States begins.
  • 1999 - Columbine High School massacre in Colorado; Eric Harris and Dylan Kiebold open fire on classmates killing 12.
  • 2010 - BP oil spill in Gulf of Mexico following Deepwater Horizon oil well explosion (11 dead) begins dumping millions of gallons of oil into Gulf; major environmental disaster begins.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Agnes of Montepulciano

Holiday:

  • Zodiac: Aries ends, Taurus begins

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • PESACH or Passover (Jewish), begins 15th day of lunar month Nisan thru 22nd
  • PALM SUNDAY, Sunday before Easter and first day of Holy Week.
  • MAUNDY THURSDAY, Thursday before Easter
  • GOOD FRIDAY, Friday before Easter
  • EASTER (SUNDAY) (March to May) the first Sunday after the first full moon after the veral equinox (March 22-April 25) in Western churches;
  • EASTER MONDAY, Monday after Easter.
  • CH'ING MING, Festival of Pure Brightness in China (Beginning of second moon (about March 21)
  • NAEFELSERFAHRT, Swiss pilgrimage the first Thursday in April to Näfels
  • BAISAKHI (in India) or VOISHU (in Kerala) or BOHAG BIHU (in Assam) - (Hindu New Year Festival)
  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • MAHAVIR JAYANTI, Indian festival celebrating birth of Lord Mahavira, celebrated early April
  • AKSHAYA TRITIYA, Hindu Festival, celebrated late April
  • DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME - begins first Sunday in April - clocks forward
  • Arbor Day - last Friday in April

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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