Historical Events on April 20 (Part 2)

  • 2013 5 snowboarders are killed by an avalanche in Loveland Pass, Colorado
  • 2013 Giorgio Napolitano is re-elected President of Italy
  • 2015 119th Boston Marathon: Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia wins men's race in 2:09:17; Caroline Rotich of Kenya women's champion in 2:24:55
  • 2015 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Anthony Doerr's for his novel "All the Light We Cannot See" and to Elizabeth Kolbert for "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History"
  • 2017 Terrorist attack on police van on Champs Élysées, Paris 1 police officer killed, 2 injured
  • 2018 Actress Allison Mack arrested on charges of sex trafficking in relation to sex cult NXIVM in New York
  • 2018 Arsène Wenger announces he will leave London EPL club Arsenal after 22 years as manager

Charles to Succeed Elizabeth

2018 Commonwealth countries decide Prince Charles will succeed Queen Elizabeth as the next head of the Commonwealth

Frida Kahlo Barbie Banned

2018 Mexican court bars sales of controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

  • 2020 Price of US oil turns negative for the 1st time in history - West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark for US oil, falls as low as minus $37.63 a barrel as worldwide demand falls
  • 2020 The last three cruise ships still afloat amid COVID pandemic, finally dock at the ports of Marseille, France; Barcelona, Spain; and Los Angeles California
  • 2020 Three US states, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina the 1st to announce end to some COVID-19 restrictions
  • 2021 All six EPL clubs withdraw from the controversial European Super League just 3 days after it was announced - Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham

Derek Chauvin Convicted

2021 Former police officer Derek Chauvin convicted of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, in a case that prompted huge nationwide racial justice protests [1]

Idriss Déby Killed in Battle

2021 President of Chad for three decades, Idriss Déby reported to have been killed on a battlefield fighting rebels near the capital of Ndjamena

  • 2021 Record number of new COVID-19 cases reported (5.24 million) in one week around the world according to WHO, with a third in India [1]
  • 2022 Online streaming service Netflix suffers its first subscriber loss in a decade, losing 200,000 customers Jan-Mar [1]
  • 2023 136 people massacred in village of Karma, Burkina Faso, one of the country worst attacks on civilians, blamed on the country's security forces [1]

Petro Meets Biden

2023 Colombian President Gustavo Petro meets with US President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington [1]

Starship Rocket Launch

2023 SpaceX’s Starship rocket - the most powerful ever made with 33 booster engines, launches in historic first test flight from Boca Chica, Texas. Explodes four minutes into flight with blame centering on Elon Musk's rush to launch on 420. [1]

  • 2023 Total solar eclipse in Exeter, Western Australia blocks out the sun for 58 seconds [1]