April 20 Events in History - April 20 Birthdays - April 20 Deaths
2015 The Cairo Criminal Court convicts Egyptian ex-President Mohammed Morsi for his role in illegal detentions and violent responses to protests against him three years ago; he and other Muslim Brotherhood defendants will serve a 20-year prison term
2014 Pope Francis gives Easter Mass in St. Peter's square; his message included prayer for peace in Syria and Ukraine, a halt to Boko Haram attacks against Nigerian Christians, and for all to care for the hungry and the needy
2014 Space station astronauts received an Easter Day delivery in the form of the SpaceX Dragon cargo spaceship filled with food, supplies, equipment and care packages; the space station delivery was the fourth for the commercial space technology company
2013 Italy re-elects President Giorgio Napolitano
2013 Saudi Arabia appoints Fahd bin Abdullah as its new deputy defense minister
2012 Less than three years after accepting the position of Chairman of Disney Studios, Rich Ross, resigns
2012 Tens of thousands of people demonstrate in Tahrir Square against continuing military rule in Egypt
2011 Nigeria's presidential election, held April 16, 2011, declares the winner is President Goodluck Jonathan
2011 China releases two prominent human rights lawyers, Liu Xiaoyuan and Jiang Tianyong
2010 Planes return to the air in Germany, France and Italy after being grounded by ash clouds from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano
2010 BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico
2005 Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan suffers a 5.8 magnitude earthquake
1999 Two disaffected students brought guns to their high school in Columbine, Colorado and murdered twelve students, one teacher and then killed themselves
1998 Federal court rules that Monica Lewinsky does not have an immunity agreement with Kenneth Starr
1997 "Gin Game," opens at Lyceum Theater New York City for 144 performances
1997 "Present Laughter," closes at Walter Kerr Theater New York City
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 New York 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 home run on Detroit Tiger left field roof (others are Frank Howard, Harmon Killibrew, and Cecil Fielder)
1996 Chicago Bulls win record 72 games in a season
1994 Danny Harold Rolling, sentenced to death in Florida, for killing 5
1994 Serbian army bombs hospital in Goradze Bosnia, 47 killed
1994 Sohail and Inzamam make world record ODI partnership of 263
1994 Space shuttle STS-59 (Endeavour 6), lands
1993 Uranus passes Neptune (once every 171 years)
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
1991 "Les Miserables," opens at Odense Teater, Odense
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
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
1988 Baltimore Orioles set worst record to start a season 0-14 (will go 0-21)
1988 New Jersey Devils 1st playoff hat trick-Eric Broten
1988 U.S. accuses Renamo of killing 100,000 Mozambiquians
1988 Yankees home run 9,999 (D Winfield) 10,000 (C Washington) 10,001 (J Clarke)
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 U.S. deports Karl Linnas, charged with nazi war crimes, to U.S.S.R.
1986 "Jerry's Girls" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 139 performances
1986 Michael Johnson sets NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game
1986 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1986 Vladimir Horowitz performs in his Russian homeland
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 New York City lifted 303 lbs in a clean and jerk lift
1984 Russian offensive in Panshirvallei, Afghanistan
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
1982 Atlanta Braves become 1st team to win 1st 12 games of the season
1981 10th Boston Women's Marathon won by Allison Roe of New Zealand 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
1980 Cubans begin to arrive in U.S. from Mariel boatlift
1977 Supreme Court rules "Live Free or Die" may be covered on New Hampshire licenses
1977 Woody Allen's film "Annie Hall" premieres
1976 George Harrison sings lumberjack song with Monty Python
1975 29th Tony Awards: Equus and Wiz win
1975 4th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Palmer
1975 Penguins 1-Isles 3-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 3-1 lead
1974 Paul McCartney releases "Band on the Run"
1973 Canadian ANIK A2 becomes 1st commercial satellite in orbit
1972 Apollo 16's Young and Duke land on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2
1972 Kallicharran scores his 2nd Test century in his 2nd Test Cricket
1971 Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"
1971 U.S. Supreme Court upholds use of busing to achieve racial desegregation
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 U.S. marathon record
1969 23rd Tony Awards: Great White Hope and 1776 win
1969 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
1968 Pierre Elliott Trudeau sworn-in as Canada's PM
1968 South Africa Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed
1967 French author Regis Debray caught in Bolivia
1967 New York Met Tom Seaver's 1st victory, beats Cubs, 6-1
1967 U.S. planes bomb Haiphong for 1st time during Vietnam War
1967 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1966 WDCA TV channel 20 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting
1965 People's Republic China offers North Vietnam military aid
1964 68th Boston Marathon won by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belgium in 2:19:59
1964 86% of black students boycott Cleveland schools
1963 "Sophie" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 8 performances
1963 All Africa Conferences of Churches opens in Kampala Uganda
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
1961 American Harold Graham makes 1st rocket belt flight
1960 "From A to Z" opens at Plymouth Theater New York City for 21 performances
1959 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42
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
1957 61st Boston Marathon won by John J Kelley of Connecticut in 2:20:05
1957 Yankee Bill Skowron becomes 3rd player to hit a ball out of Fenway
1955 "Saint of Bleecker St" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 92 performances
1954 "Golden Apple" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 125 performances
1953 57th Boston Marathon won by Keizo Yamada of Japan in 2:18:51
1951 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1951 Velsen city council demands investigation of police collaborators
1950 Baltimore's Memorial Stadium opens - Orioles of International League
1949 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 1st race, in Albany, California
1948 New York City hikes subway fare from 5 cents to 10 cents
1948 Walter P Reuther UAW President shot and wounded at his home in Detroit
1947 Frederik IX becomes king of Denmark
1946 1st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs Cubs
1946 50th Boston Marathon won by Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece in 2:29:27
1945 Cleveland Browns organization formed by Arthur "Mickey" McBride
1945 German occupiers flood Beemster and Fencer
1945 Soviet troops enter Berlin
1945 U.S. 7th army captured German city of Nuremberg
1945 U.S. forces conquer Motobu peninsula on Okinawa
1944 Dutch Communist Party-resistance fighter John Postma sentence to death
1944 NFL legalizes coaching from bench
1943 Braves manager Casey Stengel is struck by a taxi, fractures a leg
1942 German occupiers forbids Dutch access to their beach
1942 Heavy German assault on Malta
1941 100 German bombers attack Athens
1941 Dodgers start to wear liners in their caps
1940 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa
1939 New York World's Fair opens
1939 Ted Williams' 1st hit (off of Yankee Red Ruffing) a double
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
1935 "Your Hit Parade" begins broadcasting (becomes #1 quickly)
1934 Heinrich Himmler becomes inspector Prussian secret state police
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
1926 1st check sent by radio facsimile transmission across Atlantic
1925 29th Boston Marathon won by Charles Mellor of Illinois in 2:33:00.6
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 and Mississippi
1920 Phillies manager Gravvy Cravath puts himself in as pinch hitter, his 3- run homer beats New York Giants 3-0
1919 Polish Army captures Vilno, Lithuania from Soviet Army
1917 Pravda (Lenin names Russia "Free land of world")
1916 German-British sea battle off Belgian coast
1916 Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) in Chicago opens, Cubs beat Cincinnati Reds 7-6
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, Colorado
1912 Fenway Park officially opens, Red Sox beat New York Highlanders 7-6 in 11
1912 Tiger Stadium in Detroit opens, Tigers beat Cleveland Indians 6-5
1910 Cleveland Indians Addie Joss 2nd no-hitter, beats Chicago, 1-0
1910 Halley's Comet passes 29th recorded perihelion at 87.9 million km
1908 12th Boston Marathon won by Tom Morrissey of New York in 2:25:43.2
1904 George Bernard Shaw's "Candida," premieres in London
1903 7th Boston Marathon won by John Lorden of Mass in 2:41:29.8
1903 New York Highlanders play their 1st game, with Jack Chesbro losing 3-1 to Al Orth and Washington
1902 Marie and Pierre Curie isolate radioactive element radium
1898 U.S. Assay Office in Deadwood, South Dakota opens
1896 1st public film showing in U.S. John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan," premieres in New York City
1894 136,000 mine workers strike in Ohio for pay increase
1888 246 reported killed by hail in Moradabad, India
1884 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Freemasonry"
1879 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London and Cyprus
1872 SF Bar Association organized
1871 3rd Enforcement Act (President can suspend writ of habeas corpus)
1865 Chicago's Crosby Opera House opens
1861 Battle of Norfolk, Virginia
1861 Colonel Robert E. Lee resigns from Union army
1853 Harriet Tubman starts Underground Railroad
1841 1st detective story (Poe's "Murders in Rue Morgue") published
1836 Territory of Wisconsin created
1809 Napoleon I defeats Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria
1799 Friedrich von Schiller's "Wallensteins Tod," premieres in Weimar
1799 Napoleon issues a decree calling for establishing Jerusalem for Jews
1792 France declares war on Austria, Prussia and Sardinia
1777 New York adopts new constitution as an independent state
1775 British begin siege of Boston
1770 Captain Cook arrives in New South Wales
1715 Nicholas Rowe's "Tragedy of Lady Jane Gray," premieres in London
1702 Comet C/1702 H1 approaches within 0.0437 AUs of Earth
1657 Battle in Santa Cruz Bay, Tenerife: English fleet under Robert Blake sinks Spanish silver fleet
1653 Cromwell routes English parliament to house
1650 VOC-management sets new guidelines
1551 John Dudley becomes English Earl Marshal
1505 Jews are expelled from Orange Burgandy by Philibert of Luxembourg
1139 2nd Lateran Council (10th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
850 Guntherus becomes bishop of Cologne
295 8th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet