On This Day for 20th April

Historical Events

  • 1862 The first pasteurization test is completed by Frenchmen Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard.
  • 1902 Marie & Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive element radium chloride
  • 1920 Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate
  • 1968 English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial "Rivers of Blood" speech.
  • 1974 'The Troubles', the Northern Ireland conflict between republican and loyalist paramilitaries, British security forces, and civil rights groups, claims its 1000th victim
  • 1980 Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria as hundreds of Berber political activists are arrested.
  • 1999 Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School, Colorado

Did You Know?

Frenchman René Caillié is the first non-Muslim to enter Timbuktu, returns to win 10,000 franc prize from Société de Géographie

On April 20th, 1828

Famous Weddings

  • 1914 Poet and critic Ezra Pound (28) weds Dorothy Shakespear
  • 1968 The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (24) weds fellow reporter Carol Honsa
  • 2002 MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski (62) weds Nancy Benson
  • 2002 MLB player Mark McGwire (38) weds Stephanie Slemer (26) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2007 Indian film actor and producer Abhishek Bachchan (31) weds actress Aishwarya Rai (33) at the Bachchan residence in Juhu, Mumbai

Famous Divorces

  • 2006 Actor-writer Charlie Shanian (39) divorces former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Tori Spelling (32) only 15 months after their lavish $1-million wedding