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  • U.S.
    Thursday Apr 20, 1775

    George Washington

    The American Revolutionary War

    U.S.
    Thursday Apr 20, 1775

    The American Revolutionary War began on April 19, 1775, with the Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Siege of Boston.




  • U.S.
    Thursday Apr 20, 1871

    Frederick Douglass

    Grant signed the Civil Rights Act of 1871

    U.S.
    Thursday Apr 20, 1871

    After the midterm elections, Grant signed the Civil Rights Act of 1871 (also known as the Klan Act), and the second and third Enforcement Acts.




  • Braunau am Inn, Austria-Hungary, (Now Austria)
    Saturday Apr 20, 1889

    Adolf Hitler

    Birth

    Braunau am Inn, Austria-Hungary, (Now Austria)
    Saturday Apr 20, 1889

    Adolf Hitler was born on 20 April 1889 in Braunau am Inn, a town in Austria-Hungary (in present-day Austria), close to the border with the German Empire.




  • Nagyvárad (Oradea), Romania - Nagyszalonta (Salonta), Romania
    Sunday Apr 20, 1919

    Hungarian–Romanian War

    Romania Took Nagyvárad and Nagyszalonta

    Nagyvárad (Oradea), Romania - Nagyszalonta (Salonta), Romania
    Sunday Apr 20, 1919

    On 20 April they took Nagyvárad (Oradea) and Nagyszalonta (Salonta). Rather than following the instructions of the Vix note, the Romanian army pressed on for the Tisza River, an easily defended natural military obstacle.




  • Zaoyang, Xiangyang, Hubei, China
    Thursday Apr 20, 1939

    Second Sino-Japanese War

    The Battle of Suixian–Zaoyang

    Zaoyang, Xiangyang, Hubei, China
    Thursday Apr 20, 1939

    From the beginning of 1939, the war entered a new phase with the unprecedented defeat of the Japanese at Battle of Suixian–Zaoyang, then 1st Battle of Changsha, Battle of South Guangxi and Battle of Zaoyi.




  • Berlin, Germany
    Friday Apr 20, 1945

    Adolf Hitler

    Last trip from the Führerbunker

    Berlin, Germany
    Friday Apr 20, 1945

    On 20 April, his 56th birthday, Hitler made his last trip from the Führerbunker (Führer's shelter) to the surface.




  • Berlin, Germany
    Friday Apr 20, 1945

    Martin Bormann

    Hitler's 56th Birthday

    Berlin, Germany
    Friday Apr 20, 1945

    On 20 April, Hitler's 56th birthday, he made his last trip to the surface. In the ruined garden of the Reich Chancellery, he awarded Iron Crosses to boy soldiers of the Hitler Youth. That afternoon, Berlin was bombarded by Soviet artillery for the first time.


  • U.S.
    Monday Apr 20, 1953

    Marlon Brando

    Cover of Life Magazine

    U.S.
    Monday Apr 20, 1953

    Brando was featured on cover of Life Magazine for his role of Marc Antony, in Shakespeare's Julius Caeser.


  • Fortaleza de la Cabaña, Havana, Cuba
    Thursday Apr 20, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Humberto Sorí Marin execution

    Fortaleza de la Cabaña, Havana, Cuba
    Thursday Apr 20, 1961

    On 20 April, Humberto Sorí Marin was executed at Fortaleza de la Cabaña, having been arrested on 18 March following infiltration into Cuba with 14 tons of explosives. His fellow conspirators Rogelio González Corzo (alias "Francisco Gutierrez"), Rafael Diaz Hanscom, Eufemio Fernandez, Arturo Hernandez Tellaheche and Manuel Lorenzo Puig Miyar were also executed.


  • The Bay of Pigs, Cuba
    Thursday Apr 20, 1961

    Fidel Castro

    Castro forced the Brigade to Surrender

    The Bay of Pigs, Cuba
    Thursday Apr 20, 1961

    Castro ordered Captain José Ramón Fernández to launch the counter-offensive, before taking personal control of it. After bombing the invaders' ships and bringing in reinforcements, Castro forced the Brigade to surrender on 20 April.


  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Friday Apr 20, 1973

    Russell Bufalino

    Bufalino was arrested

    Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Friday Apr 20, 1973

    On April 20, 1973, Bufalino was arrested in a Scranton night club in an FBI raid, charged with interference with interstate commerce, obstruction of justice, gambling and transporting stolen property, but later released in $50,000 bail.


  • Zhongnanhai, Beijing, China
    Thursday Apr 20, 1989

    1989 Tiananmen Square protests

    Police used batons to disperse about 200 Students

    Zhongnanhai, Beijing, China
    Thursday Apr 20, 1989

    On 20 April, most students had been persuaded to leave Xinhua Gate. To disperse about 200 students that remained, police used batons; minor clashes were reported. Many students felt abused by the police, and rumours about police brutality spread quickly. This incident angered students on campus, where those who were not politically active decided to join the protests. Also on this date, a group of workers calling themselves the Beijing Workers' Autonomous Federation issued two handbills challenging the central leadership.


  • Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    Thursday Apr 20, 1989

    Central Park Jogger Case

    The Jogger's Identity

    Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    Thursday Apr 20, 1989

    After her discovery, the police increased the intensity of their effort to identify suspects in this attack and took more teenagers into custody. The jogger was not identified for about 24 hours, and it took days for the police to retrace her movements of that night. By the time of the trial of the first three suspects in June 1990, The New York Times characterized the attack on the jogger as "one of the most widely publicized crimes of the 1980s".


  • Kyoto, Japan
    Thursday Apr 20, 1989

    Nintendo

    Game Boy release

    Kyoto, Japan
    Thursday Apr 20, 1989

    Nintendo released the Game Boy in Japan on 21 April 1989, and in North America on 31 July 1989. Nintendo of America president Minoru Arakawa managed a deal to bundle the popular third-party game Tetris along with the Game Boy, and the pair launched as an instant success.


  • Rochester, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 20, 1997

    Dwayne Johnson

    In Your House 14: Revenge of the 'Taker

    Rochester, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 20, 1997

    On April 20, 1997, at In Your House 14: Revenge of the 'Taker, he lost to Savio Vega by countout but retained the title. Audiences became increasingly hostile toward Maivia, with chants of "die, Rocky, die" and "Rocky sucks" being heard during his matches.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 20, 1997

    Shaquille O'Neal

    The 1996–97 season

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 20, 1997

    The Lakers won 56 games during the 1996–97 season. O'Neal averaged 26.2 points and 12.5 rebounds in his first season with Los Angeles; however, he again missed over 30 games due to injury. The Lakers made the playoffs, but were eliminated in the second round by the Utah Jazz in five games.


  • Columbine, Colorado, U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 20, 1999

    Mass Shootings in the United States

    Columbine High School Massacre

    Columbine, Colorado, U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 20, 1999

    The Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting and bombing that occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado, United States. The perpetrators, twelfth grade (senior) students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, murdered 12 students and one teacher. Ten students were killed in the school library, where the pair subsequently committed suicide. 21 additional people were injured with gunshots and gunfire was also exchanged with the police. Another three people were injured trying to escape the school.


  • China
    Sunday Apr 20, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    SARS spreading through China: More transparency

    China
    Sunday Apr 20, 2003

    On April 20, Beijing's mayor and the health minister of the PRCwere replaced respectively by Wang Qishan and the former deputy health minister Gao Qiang. In the news conference chaired by Gao Qiang several hours earlier, the PRC admitted that in Beijing there were more than 300 cases, as opposed to the previous figure of only 37.


  • Italy
    Wednesday Apr 20, 2005

    Silvio Berlusconi

    Dissolution of the government

    Italy
    Wednesday Apr 20, 2005

    Berlusconi after some hesitation, then presented to the President of the Republic a request for the dissolution of his government on 20 April 2005.


  • Tokyo, Japan
    Wednesday Apr 20, 2011

    PlayStation Network

    Temporary suspension of operation

    Tokyo, Japan
    Wednesday Apr 20, 2011

    Following a security intrusion, the PlayStation Network had a temporary suspension of operation which began on April 20, 2011 and affected 77 million registered accounts. Lasting 23 days, this outage was the longest amount of time the PSN had been offline since its inception in 2006.


  • Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Manchester M16 0RA, UK
    Thursday Apr 20, 2017

    Zlatan Ibrahimović

    Ibrahimović sustained serious ligament damage in his Right knee

    Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Manchester M16 0RA, UK
    Thursday Apr 20, 2017

    On 20 April, Ibrahimović sustained serious ligament damage in his right knee in a Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht at Old Trafford.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday Apr 20, 2018

    Jacinda Ardern

    A toast to the Commonwealth

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday Apr 20, 2018

    On 20 April 2018, Ardern attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 in London, where she was selected to deliver a toast to the Commonwealth at a state banquet of world leaders. She also had her first private audience with Queen Elizabeth II.


  • Iran
    Monday Apr 20, 2020

    Covid-19 Pandemic: 2020 Coronavirus outbreak

    Iran reopen Shopping Malls

    Iran
    Monday Apr 20, 2020

    On 20 April it was reported that Iran had reopened shopping malls and other shopping areas across the country, though there is a fear of a second wave of infection due to this move.


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